St Clare's first year boys went to Sligo IT on Thursday 17th November as they faced Sligo, Roscommon, Galway and Mayo in the futsol Connaught championship.
All sides were very strong as they had St. Louis representing Mayo, Abbey Boyle C.C representing Roscommon, Summerhill College representing Sligo and St Joseph's College (The Bish) representing Galway. St. Clare's came into this tournament knowing it would be very tough as a team from Leitrim has never won it. First up they faced a Summerhill side who had 6 Connaught players and also a Ireland player Caolan Barlow on there side but this didn't fear St. Clare's boys as they got stuck in from the start. St. Clare's lined up with Barry McNulty in goals, Matthew Connolly and Eanna Clancy in the back line, Cathal Og O'Connell in the midfield and Patrick Montgomery up front.
After a decent start St. Clare's got hit with a blow as they lost the ball trying to pass across their own back line and Caolan Barlow burried the ball past Barry McNulty in the St. Clare's goals. St. Clare's making another mistake conceded again as Barlow punished them again with a great finish. Summerhill went on to win the game 4-2. This didn't shake St. Clare's it only made them stronger as they went out to defeat St. Louis Mayo 1-0 Eanna Clancy scoring for them once again. St. Clare’s then faced Abbey Boyle Roscommon who were also a strong side and then defeated them 1-0 also with a goal from Eanna Clancy once again. Every side struggled to stop Eanna.
Next out was The Bish Galway, which was like a semi final as which ever side won would face Summerhill in the final but St. Clare's treated this like a final as they pushed Galway to there last and St. Clare’s were leading the whole way through the game through Eanna Clancy but The Bish grabbed a goal and then Patrick Montgomery grabbed a goal for St. Clare's which booked their place in the Final. Unfortunately in the final Caolan Barlow pressed St Clare's and got his reward as they were beaten 4-2 by a strong summerhill team. St. Clare's never gave up and were just short of their reward. On the other pitch in the Sligo IT St Clare's 1st year girls started off their campaign against St. Attracta’s Sligo. They went on to draw 3-3 with Muireann Devaney scoring all their goals. St. Clare's then went on to lose 2-1 to Claregalway representing Galway.
St. Clare's then went out and beat Roscommon and Mayo but this wasn't enough to reach the final as they missed out by a point to St. Attractas as they went on to face Galway in the final. Well done to ClareGalway and Summerhill.
We wish them best of luck in Waterford at the All Irelands.