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Sacred Heart School and Colaiste Choilm are Offaly futsal champions

Thursday, 16 November 2017

SACRED Heart School, Tullamore captured the girls and Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore, won the boys Offaly Finals in this season's First Year futsal programme.

The schools will now go to represent Offaly in the Leinster Finals to be held in the National Indoor Arena on November 21 (girls) and November 22 (boys).

The girls' competition took place on Tuesday, November 7 last in Mucklagh Community Centre.

The Sacred Heart got off to a slow start losing the first and drawing the other two games of the day.

With teacher Sean McFadden constantly using all of the bench during each game, the team remained fresh resulting in a strong finish to the competition.

In a winner takes all game against St Brendan's Community School, Birr, the Sacred Heart School came out 2-1 winners and will thus represent Offaly in the Leinster Finals. 

The boys' competition took place last Wednesday afternoon, November 8, in Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore, and it was the hosts that came out on top in what was to be an exciting day of futsal.

Teams from all over Offaly came to see if they could get the opportunity to represent Offaly in the Leinster Finals, and there was real excitement after the group games.

Colaiste Choilm, St Brendan's Community School and Ardscoil Chiarain Naofa were all level on the same number of points and could not be divided on a head to head basis, so a round robin penalty shoot-out competition commenced.

And it was the hosts that made the final, scoring three of their three penalties.

Colaiste Choilm didn't have it all their own way in the final going in at half time three goals down, but after some encouragement during the interval from teacher Richelle O'Neill, they turned it around eventually won 9-7.

The futsal on show over the two days was described as phenomenal by Offaly Football Development Officer Gary Seery who praised the conduct of all the players and thanked the schools that participated in the competition.

The winners will now go on to represent Offaly at the Provincial stages in the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown later this month and Seery wished them the best of luck as they aim to be crowned Leinster Futsal Champions for 2017.

To find out how to enter your School in future FAI programmes, please contact Offaly Football Development Officer Gary Seery on (083) 171 2755 or email gary.seery@fai.ie

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