The on-field action may be all but over for another season, but now soccer clubs from all across the League will be tackling meetings and awards nights.
The annual meeting of the Kilkenny & District League will be held tomorrow (Thursday) in the Springhill Court Hotel at 8pm.
The junior section of Freebooters also have their annual meeting scheduled for this week. The Blues will meet tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm in St Mary’s Day Care Centre, Gaol Road.
Meanwhile the League will hold their awards nights for junior and schools players over the next week. The junior awards night will be held in Rafter Dempsey’s, Friary Street on Friday at 9pm. The schoolboys and schoolgirls awards night will be held on Thursday, June 30 in the Springhill Court Hotel at 8pm. Both nights will see clubs presented with League and Cup trophies, while the Player of the Year awards will also be handed out.
Winners, Player of the Year awards are: St Canice’s Credit Union Premier Division: James Kelly (Freebooters A). Fix & Build Division One: Aidan Keenan (Lions A). Eamonn Maher Coach Hire Division Two: Brian Bowe (Clover United A). Duiske Glass Division Three: Mick Barcoe (Clifden United). Rico’s of Gowran Women’s Division One: Lisa Carey (Thomastown United). Jimmy Cuddihy Plate Women’s Division Two: Gemma Komer (Callan United). Rafter Dempsey’s Youths’ Division One: Sean Maguire (Evergreen A). Rafter Dempsey’s Youths’ Division Two: Jamie Burke (Freshford Town). Referee of the Year: Tom Walsh (Castlecomer).
U-16 TC Tyres League Division One: Sean Maguire (Evergreen). U-16 TC Tyres League Division Two: Dale Hayes (Fort Rangers). U-15 St Canice’s Credit Union League Division One: Conor English (Bridge United). U-15 St Canice’s Credit Union League Division Two: Ethan Corr (Thomastown United). U-14 MacDonagh Junction Division One: Billy Ryan (Freebooters). U-14 Bennettsbridge Parts Division Two: Danny Monks (Thomastown United). U-14 Castleinch Carpets Schoolgirls’ League: Jenny Clifford (Evergreen). U-13 Kilkenny People League Division One: Robert Buckley (Ormonde Villa). U-13 Kilkenny People League Division Two: Joseph Cuddihy (Southend United). U-12 Marble City Fireplaces Division One: Victor Costello (Fort Rangers). U-12 Glanbia Division Two: Mark Quigley (Clover United). U-12 K&DL Girls’ League: Alison O’Keeffe (Freebooters). U-11 K-Bowl Division One: Rory Monks (Thomastown United). U-11 Nolan Jewellers Division Two: Eoghan Molloy (Deen Celtic).
Evergreen cup draw
Evergreen’s under-14 girls’ team have been given an away day in Waterford in the semi-finals of the FAI Umbro Cup.
Barry O’Neill’s side have been drawn away to Cappoquin, who made sure of their place in the final four thanks to a 4-3 win over Shelbourne 4-3 after extra time. Evergreen booked their semi-final berth thanks to a 6-0 mauling of Castlebar Town. Laura Murphy scored three goals in that demolition at Derdimus while Jenny Clifford, who has been named the League’s Under-14 Girls’ Player of the Year, grabbed a brace. Aoife Cantwell helped herself to the sixth strike that day.
The winners of that game, which will be played on the week ending July 17, will have home advantage in the final. The other semi-finalists are Listowel Celtic, who beat Castleknock Celtic 7-3, and Salthill Devon, who saw off Illies Celtic on penalties after a 1-1 quarter-final draw. The final of the competition has been pencilled in for the first week in August.
World Cup wonders
Thomastown United made it two wins on the trot when they retained their Mini World Cup title at Scanlon Park.
The competition, an under-10 event organised by Freebooters, saw United beat the surprise packet Freebooters U-9s 2-0 to capture the Tommy Hayes Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row. Thomastown skipper Colin Hayes was presented with the silverware by Robert Hayes, son of the late Tommy Hayes. The Player of the Tournament award went to Southend United’s Eoin Cody.
The organisers thanked Freebooters, Southend United, Thomastown United, Bridge United and Evergreen for entering teams in the competition, and to all parents refreshments for the players on the day. All money raised from the competition will be donated to St Mary’s Day Care Centre, Gaol Road.