The U12 Footballers had an early start last Saturday. We had an 8am departure heading up the M1 to Co. Down to An Ríocht GAC.

The occasion was the Annual An Ríocht 9-a-side Tournament. 14 boys, along with assorted coaches/parents were up bright and early and on the road fuelled with strong coffee. This is a quick fire tournament, and with matches only 7 minutes a half, it meant you really needed to hit the ground running.

Matches started at 10.30am sharp, and the Boden boys didn’t let the club down. 2 victories over Killeavy (Co Armagh) & Teconnaught (Co Down), and one loss to Moneyglass (Co Antrim) in the group stages meant we went into the cup competition to face a group winner in the second round.

Boden drew a strong Magherafelt (Derry) for our second round opposition, and even though a spirited performance was given by all 14 boys, we came up just short.

A quick pep talk however  – and mention of Burger King on the way home – got the smiles back on the boys’ faces and off we went back down the M1.

A great day out for all the boys, coaches and parents.

Big thank you to An Riocht for hosting a great tournament.

Foireann: CJ Ballance,  Alex Brady, Kieran Burke, Conor Butler, Thomas Davis, Jack Finn, Simon Horgan, Sean Keegan, Mark Keogh, Torna MacGearailt, Rian Meaney, Evan Moynihan, David Quinlivan, Ciaran Sharkey.

Many thanks to Brendan Young for the team photo.