Spearline participated in the inaugural Skibbereen AFC 7-a-side soccer tournament which was recently held in their pristine surrounds at Baltimore Road.
The tournament proved a resounding success with all the participating teams conjuring up a feast of soccer on a very enjoyable day. Spearline who looked resplendent in their sky blue jerseys contributed immensely to the overall success of the tournament. Overall, they played six games throughout the tournament. Spearline qualified from their group section in emphatic fashion. Their team replicated their companies established ethos of good teamwork, good discipline, excellent communication skills and immense leadership qualities with a series of virtuoso performances which propelled them to the cusp of glory.
Spearline were drawn to play a much vaunted Leap Celtic outfit who topped their respective group section in a much anticipated quarter-final berth. Spearline started the game in blistering fashion with goals from Sean Kennedy and John Bohane ushering them into a two goal lead. A gallant Spearline were unfortunate however to concede two late goals which ensured a penalty shoot was required to separate these two evenly matched side. Leap Celtic ultimately secured victory following a tense shoot-out which was fraught with tension.
The unrelenting spirit in the Spearline camp was visibly evident however as their response to the setback was typically resolute. They produced a sparkling performance which enabled them to brush aside the challenge of a highly-rated Skibbereen U18 team with consummate ease which enabled them to move into contention for Shield glory.
Spearline were to suffer more misfortunte in the final stages of the Shield tournament however when they succumbed in cruel fashion following another dramatic penalty shoot out clash against a very strong Barbarians outfit.
All the panel who represented Spearline during the course of the well organised tournament contributed immensely to a very successful tournament. There were a plethora of outstanding displays, well executed goals, heroic last ditch defensive tackles and inspired goalkeeping saves which ensured their squad exited the tournament with their heads held high. Spearline would like to pay tribute to Skibbereen AFC for organising the tournament which is sure to become a permanent fixture in the sporting calendar. Spearline are determined to play a major role in this tournament once again next year as they strive to grow and prosper and be in contention for major honours which once again mirrors their companies key objectives.
The Spearline panel who played on the day were: Graham McCormick, Andy McDonald, Colman McCaffrey, Brett Taylor, Liam Corkery, Eugene Hazel, John Bohane, Sean Kennedy and Liam O'Brien.
John Bohane - Spearline