U-17 Soccer Connacht Cup Q/F V Ballyhaunis CS Mary’s knew they were up against it when drawn to play last year’s Irish Cup runners-up and so it proved to pass. However, exit from this season’s cup competition only came after a tremendous battle against the Mayo lads. The Mary’s boys were certainly up for this match, and soon after the start took the lead through midfielder Robert Carroll. So it remained at half-time and soon after the resumption things really started looking bright when dynamic striker Sam Samson doubled the Mary’s lead with a great strike. Ballyhaunis upped the ante and began to force the game, gradually taking the upper hand. Still we held out, but with twelve minutes to go a defensive mix up saw Ballyhaunis claw back a goal. This inspired them to greater effort, and with Mary’s withdrawing a bit too much to hold on to their lead they pounced, through a brilliant strike from their star midfielder; twenty yards, top corner! Extra-time loomed, and we had to shrug off our disappointment and pick ourselves up once again. Unfortunately, with seconds before the half-time whistle the Mayo lads struck again, and now the writing was on the wall. The second half was barely a pup when Jack Felle was dismissed for a rash, albeit crucial, tackle, and when he was followed a couple of minutes later by Rob Carroll the game was truly over. A brave effort, but ultimately fruitless.
Connacht Cup V St. Attracta’s Tubbercurry Congratulations to our U-17 soccer team who opened their Connacht Cup Campaign with a well deserved 7-1 victory at home. Scorers on the day were Rob Carroll (2), Des Conneely (2), Kamil Szymaszek, Philip O’Connor, Sam Samson.
U-15 Soccer: Congratulations to Mr. David O’Boyle and Mr. Paul Concannon and their U-15 soccer team who made the long trip up to Ballina and defeated St. Muredach’s 7-2 in their Connacht Cup group match. This was the first time in over a year that all players were uninjured and available, and showed the considerable potential that they have for this season.
Senior Soccer: Walter Burke Cup 2013 Walter’s Cup will rest in the Bish for this year as they comprehensively overcame an under-strength Mary’s team in the third annual staging of this event. Inaugurated in memory of former Mary’s teacher Walter, who tragically died following his retirement in 2010, this competition officially kicks off the soccer season for the Mary’s teams. As is only fitting, since it was under Walter’s guidance that soccer officially kicked off in Mary’s back in the 70’s.