Both Mayo squads of U12s and u15s are in action at University of Limerick this coming weekend Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June in the Gaynor Cup.
The 15s begin their group campaign at midday on the Friday facing Kilkenny with a 2nd match later that day at 5 against North Tipperary. They round off their group campaign the following day Saturday 29th with a clash against neighbours Galway at 11. With their group placing then dictating what competition they play in, they will have further games on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The management team of this group is Roger Clarke, Des O Connor and Emma Gibbons. This talented bunch of girls reached the last 4 of the competition under the same management when they were u12s.
The 12s play all their round robin matches on the Saturday. First up they face a Western derby with Galway at 1230 followed by a clash with NECSL at 3. They conclude with a game versus South Tipperary at 530 when their final position will be determined. This young side has been together only since February and had excellent workouts in away friendlies with Sligo/Leitrim, Clare and Galway before they took part in the North West Gaynor Qualifier in Longford at the end of April. This 6 team tournament had Midwest, Inishowen, Sligo-Leitrim, Donegal and Longford. Mayo defeated the hosts 2-0 in the Final and actually didn’t concede a goal all day and thus sealed a place in the last 4 of the competition.
Training has been good since and the girls hosted Sligo-Leitrim in another useful workout and made the long 7 hour plus return journey to Inishowen on Saturday June 22nd to play in the Inishowen Cup. The Squad entered 2 teams on the day in this 10 team competition with both Mayo sides topping their groups but unfortunately both lost out in the Cup Semi Finals on penalties. Fantastic achievement to have had TWO teams in the top 4. This squad is led by Kevin Sheeran with coaches being Micheal Collins and Jessica Lambe. Kevin and Micheal have guided previous girls’ teams at both u14 and u16 levels to 3rd and 4th places respectively and with the 12s now in the last 4 in Ireland it reflects a real consistency in the calibre of players that Mayo clubs are helping to nurture.