On Friday the 13th of April, the under 9’s where treated to a trip to Turners Cross to watch League of Ireland Champions Cork City take on Dublin side St Pat’s, who on the night really put it up to City in the latest round of league games.

The U9 squad started the evening with a team dinner in Thairish, a great way to begin the night.

The excitement was bubbling amongst the lads and we really have to thank the owners and staff for looking after us and being so welcoming which set us up nicely for the night ahead. The squad then boarded the team bus to head to Turners Cross. Once we arrived at the Cross we where joined by the crowds flooding into the stadium. The excitement was really building up. We where met on arrival by John Kennedy the Cork City Vice chairperson who welcomed the team and guided us to our seats in the family enclosure stand. A big thank you to John and all at CCFC who continue to show us all the hospitality the club can, as this was not the first time this has happened. John is the perfect host and creates a wonderful atmosphere as he starts all the songs and chants and everyone joins in particularly the U9’s. Before kick off the team where grabbed for a photo by the Red fm girls and that picture should be on their website as well as our own. Their was also a team photo before the game with “CORKY” cork city mascot which are attached here. The game it self kicked off and was an intense encounter as I said St Pats took the game to City and after some close efforts at goal the first half finished 0-0. During the break Reamonn gave all the Team a bag of treats supplied by Supervalu Midleton. A big thank to them again as well.

As the second half kicked off we didn’t have to wait to long before City finally scored in the 50th minute, and that turned out to be the winning goal on the night, as the lads sang and chanted for City right up till the final whistle. The way the lads conducted themselves was a credit to the club and their families. All in all, it was a fantastic night for the boys and one I think that will live long in the memory of all involved. As we boarded the team bus to head home after the match there was nothing but smiles and tired heads. The result of a great evening. To round it all off there was an incredible sing song by the boys and coaches who where still singing as they disembarked the bus back in Carrigtwohill.

One final thank you to CCFC, Thairish and Supervalu, and a very special thank you to all the coaches and parents and all the u9 team.