Tributes have been paid to Nenagh AFC following their nailbiting victory over Kilkenny’s Evergree in the FAI Umbro Youths Cup, last Monday.
Nenagh were trailing at Castlecomer on Monday by a goal from Evergreen in the 35th minute before Cian Darcy brought the sides level with 11 minutes on the clock. Extra time saw no change but Cillian Fitzpatrick saved two spot kicks while Ryan Gilmartin, Ben Banaghan, Ciaran O’Reilly and Craig McDonnell all slotted theirs home.
Cllr Seamus Morris congratulated the team and said 20 years of hard work by a lot of people had gone into the victory.
“This win was for everyone who ever wore the blue,” he said. “Nenagh play a certain brand of football that is bringing success.”
He pointed out that some of the players had been playing together since they were eight or nine years of age.
He said Nenagh were now at the pinnacle of soccer in Ireland and paid a special tribute to FAI development officer for North Tipperary James Scott on his role in developing soccer in the area.
He praised the foresight of the committee for buying Brickfields over 20 years ago, describing them as “visionary people”.
The win comes after three other Nenagh AFC teams - the U15s, U16s and U17 - had also reached their finals, with the U17s only bowing out at the weekend. The U13s, U14s and U15s all won their leagues this year.