Soccer – News of the Past
News of the Past
The past pupils’ soccer club, Blackrock College AFC, have qualified for their first UCFL Challenge Cup final after a thrilling victory over Liberties, 3-1 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw (Cormac Cullinane with the equaliser). Sam Walsh, Conor Drury and James Kelly converted their penalties and Dylan O’Reilly made a crucial penalty save. They play Portmarnock AFC in the final on Saturday May 12th in the Home Farm Grounds in Whitehall, kick off 7pm.
Blackrock College AFC was founded in 1983 by the late Joe McGrath who had trained soccer teams in the school for many years. He thus sowed the seed for generations of past ‘Rock boys to keep their love of soccer alive and form lifelong memories. The club has allowed camaraderie and friendship to flourish between different school graduation years and served as an important link to our alma mater.
With over 60 playing members the Club are enjoying exciting times. The Saturday team lead Division One of the league with three games remaining with the Sunday team lying third in their league. The club will play in the Leinster Senior League next season and preparations are already afoot to continue their progression.
The Club welcome any member who is committed to playing the game in the correct spirit so anybody interested in becoming involved next season should contact the Honorary Secretary Bryan Furey (Class of 2014) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The victorious Blackrock College Team last Saturday
Back row L – R: Cormac Cullinane, James Kelly (Class of 2017), Dylan O’Reilly (Class of 2013), Mark Lyons (Class of 2016), Sam Walsh (Class of 2013), Fred Kenny (Class of 2014).
Front Row L-R: James O’Neill (Class of 2013) Cian O’Rafferty (Class of 2012), Alan Connaughton (Class of 2011), Ben McCauley(Class of 2012), Colin Daly (Class of 2008).
UCFL Challenge Cup Final
Blackrock College AFC V Portmarnock AFC
Saturday May 12th
Home Farm Grounds in Whitehall
Kick Off @ 7pm