Sunday afternoon, 13/05/18 in DLSP Kirwan Park, bathed in sun, supported by a passionate and vocal crowd our Lansdowne U14’s were crowned Metropolitan Cup Champions. See the full match report here: https://lansdownerugby.com/lansdowne-u14s-win-the-metropolitan-cup-with-a-21-20-win-over-mu-barnhall/
So that brings another season to a close for this extraordinary group of boys who for so many have been together since U6’s. We had many challenges on the way to Cup success this season, however, we pulled together and the boys claimed their 2nd successive Cup in 2 years.
From me and my fellow Coaches and Managers, Ntinga Mpiko and Fergal Cleary (both 1st XV legends), David Colbert and John Nolan, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be with this squad, many from U6’s up. We have had some wonderful times, great games, epic tours, huge successes and of course the few emotional losses along the way. Every one of those milestones, good and bad, has served in its own way to bring us closer together, as a team and as friends. I firmly believe that’s what helped the team to dig so deep for each other and for the jersey both in the Semi-Final on Friday and then again in the Final less than 40 hours later on Sunday and to weather the storm that would surely have overtaken lesser teams and then to push on to another memorable team victory. Respect to the boys of 2004, Leinster U13 2017 Champions and Metropolitan Cup U14 Winners 2018.
I’d like to celebrate the effort, commitment and involvement of the boy’s parents, without whom none of this would have been possible, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. From helping to organise tours, fundraising, making the traditional sandwiches for visiting teams, tending to the inevitable cuts and bruises, drying the occasional tear (of the coaches!) and above all else, being there, hail, rain and shine to cheer on our boys and the opposition boys, especially during the challenging times this year, you never gave up on us. A finer bunch of supporters we could not have had.
We look forward to welcoming many of the squad back next year as U15’s, and for those of you that can not come back next year due to other commitments, always remember, you have a home for life in Lansdowne. #LFCTID
Good luck to David Colbert in his move to the LFC U11’s, our loss is their gain.
I’d also like to say a big thanks to all the coaches that have played their part in guiding this group of boys from U6’s up to now, your passion, selflessness and dedication helped shape this team and set the foundation for their successes.
Finally, a huge thanks to Lansdowne FC itself, the club, its officers and the untiring Minis and Youths committee for providing the infrastructure, support and environment for this group of exceptional boys to learn and to grow as individuals and as a team. The boys may not recognise it just now, but in the fullness of time, the bonds created between the boys and the club will be fully appreciated and will bear fruit in many ways in the years to come.
Saol fada agus breac-shláinte chugat.