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Soccer is a relatively new sport in the school. The school has both boys and girls teams which compete locally with other schools. They are trained under the watchful eyes of our school very own two football coaches Mr. Mooney and Mr. Doherty and there is a growing interest in the sport in the school which hopefully leads to many achievements in soccer in this school.
The SGS Soccer Club got up and running again this year. Mr. Mooney trains both girls and boys, and matches have already begun. The U17 Boys played a Friendly V Lough Allen College Drumkeerin last week in Dromahair, and won 8 – 2. The boys, who were captained by Ashraf Tumuheirwe, attacked from the beginning to end of the game and were good value for their win. Conor Creaven netted a hattrick and Dylan McCloat, Earl Norris and Oisin Hennessey also scored. Gareth McGinty netted the goal of the match with a tremendous curling shot from the left wing. The boys will play Gortnor Abbey (Crossmolina) in a preliminary round of the Connacht Cup on Tuesday 23rd Nov. Hopefully, they will have their shooting boots on that day. On Friday 17th the U17 Girls team went straight into a Connacht Cup game and produced a fine performance against Grange Vocational School. For several members of the team this was their first competitive game for the school, and they all acquitted themselves well. Saoirse O’Donovan captained the side and deserves great credit for sorting out a squad to play. The Grammar took the lead through a Sara Al Mawaly shot that took a wicked deflection. The score was 1-0 at half-time. In the second half Lara Swann scored an incredible goal. The Sligo Rovers player waltzed past at least 5 Grange players and planted a great shot in the corner of the goals. Lara’s run began deep in her own half and was worth the entrance fee alone! Further goals were added by Luisa Schierenberg and Saoirse O’Donovan. The whole team played really well and are looking forward to their final group game against St. Clare’s Manorhamilton in early December.
Well done to all and good luck in the coming matches.
This year Sligo Grammar School fielded a girls soccer team. The girls took part in the Connacht B Cup, playing against St Clare’s Comprehensive School , Manorhamilton and St Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross. Unfortunately, they lost both matches but played very well, especially 1st years, Tara, Sophie, Saoirse and Mimi. Almost half this team was made up of two families – Lara and Sophie Swann and Saoirse, Meabh and Roisin Gillmor! Lara Swann also represented Connacht in the Irish Schools U15 Interprovincial soccer tourna- ment. Well done Lara!
The boys team also had a good year so far in their Connacht A Cup. They competed against teams including Claregalway College, St Geralds College, Castleber and Summerhill College. They were very unlucky not to come away with three wins, especially in the Claregalway match when the rival team scored in the final seconds. Luke Mavrack was the youngest player on the team at 14 years old.
Third year student, Lara Swann, was chosen to represent Connacht at the Irish Interprovincial Soccer Tournament at the AUL Complex in Dublin last weekend. Connacht came third, beating Ulster into fourth place, with a 2-1 score line. They did very well, losing only by 0-1 to Leinster who were the eventual winners. Connacht came back from a 2 goal deficit to Munster but lost in the dying seconds on a goal from a free kick. Final score: 3-2. Lara had a really good tournament albeit playing out of position at left back.
It was a great achievement to be chosen for the squad and it was good to see her talent being recognised at Provincial level. Well done Lara!
The Boys U17 Soccer Team got off to a mixed start to the season. They drew and lost their friendly games to Ballinode College and Strand Celtic FC. In their first competitive game of the season the boys were unlucky to lose to Summerhill College 2-1. They have 2 more games left in the group stage. We are hoping the boys will qualify for the next stage.
Both the girls and boys team competed against Ballinode College in September. The girls team showed of their new found skills on the pitch and won 3 – 1 but sadly for the boys team it was not their day and so they lost 3 – 1 ironically but they gave a valiant effort.