Rossglass County took two “Little Nipper” teams to Crusaders 2012s tournament, the largest in Northern Ireland organised by Irish Premier League side Crusaders. 32 teams took part from all over Northern Ireland. It was a great occasion for our little superstars most of them attending their first ever tournament.
Excitement had been building for some weeks and our boys and girls couldn’t wait to get out there to play! They team even had a visit from Cliftonville’s Joe Gormley, top scorer in the Irish League this season to offer advice on how to hit the back of the net!
Rossglass entered two teams in the “red” and the “blue” development section and they did the club proud with both teams getting to the semi-finals. Unfortunately both just came up short in the end.
The older boys and girls had a fantastic tournament topping their group with a 2-2 draw with Irish League side Cliftonville, a 5-1 victory over Magherafelt Sky Blues and a final draw with St. Malachy’s from Belfast.
They came up against a strong East Belfast team in the semi final and despite dominating the game and taking an early lead they went down 3-1. East Belfast is becoming a bit of a bogey team after they knocked our Under 8’s out in the semifinal at the Glentoran Tournament earlier this year.
There was some terrific football played throughout and some cracking goals from Ben, Se and Conor.
Our younger team also faced tough opposition with Carrick Rangers, Kilmore Rec and East Belfast in their group. Once again some outstanding performances from Eoin, Ethan, Daire, Tom, Aaron and Riley. Rossglass came up against CPS Ogs in the semi final and were dominant but with literally the last kick of the game they fell to a sucker punch!
So disappointment on the day but one of great pride too. The boys and girls will learn from this experience and come back bigger and better next year.
The club would like to thank the children’s parents for all their support on the day, the coaches, Danny, Alex, Joe and Chris and of course Crusaders F.C for extending us the invitation and hosting such a well organised tournament.
To see some of our stars in action please have a look at this short video clip we put together. It’s well worth the watch! https://youtu.be/ofwWfTRsX0Y