Salthill Devon News – 28th April 2017

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Updated: April 26, 2017

It was a fantastic week for Salthill Devon as 2 of their underage teams brought trophies west of the River Corrib as they recorded memorable victories at Eamonn Deacy Park. The Youth team recorded an heroic 1-0 victory over a fancied Galway Hibs in the prestigious Jimmy Sullivan Cup before a sizeable crowd at the home of Galway soccer. Manager Mathew Sutton and esteemed coach, Phil Trill, masterminded the victory but it was the players who delivered on the pitch in a defiant display of courage and skill. The winner came courtesy of a great team move and it was a superb all-round team and squad performance which ensured a worthy victory for this group of players.

Pat Lawless’s U15s ensured the trophy cabinet in Drom would need modifying after his team won the Division 1 cup after coming from behind against Kinvara FC last Tuesday night. Goals from Ali Thiam (2) and Damien Kelly ensured a deserving victory for the Seagulls. This brought the curtain down on a fine season for this group of players and they were unlucky not to complete a league and cup double as they were denied the league title on the final day of the season.

Phil Trill’s U16 Premier League team overcame Cregmore/Claregalway 5-0 to keep the pressure on league leaders, Mervue Utd, who they meet in the cup final next month.

Mark Brady and Tom Lally’s U15 Premier league team recorded a 5-0 victory away to Athenry to maintain their charge towards the top of the table.

Mike Murray and Greg Quinn’s U12 Premier League team were involved in 2 close encounters recently. They were unlucky to lose 3-2 away to Colga, however, they returned to winning ways last Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory at home to Galway Hibs. Darren Darcy with 2 goals, one of them another contender for goal of the season, and target man Piotrek Szymanski were the scorers for Devon. Seamus Sheridan and Declan McLaughlin’s U12 Division 2 team had a fine 2-1 victory over Athenry to complete their league campaign and ensure a top 3 finish for this squad.

Pete Kelly and Pat Lawless’s U14 Girls recorded an emphatic victory at home to understrength Corrib Celtic last weekend. The management were happy with the performance although they are aware that tougher tasks lie ahead as they enter the final stages of their league campaign.

The academy continues full steam ahead with numerous blitzes held for the U7s, U8s, U9s, U10s and U11s. This Saturday the club will send a large delegation of players and supporters to Mayo to compete in the annual Manulla Cup where almost 100 academy players will compete with Connacht’s finest in Cup and Shield competitions.

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