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Cork City Schools Soccer Team Compete in 42nd World International Childrens Games

Soccer Team from Cork in San Francisco

Pictured above on their visit to the Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Birmingham were the Cork City Schools Soccer Team who travelled to San Francisco in July for the 42nd World International Childrens Games. Also in the picture are Eithne Lydon (1st left back row), Cork City Local Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator and Eucharia Savage (2nd right ), Cork City Council Sports Development Officer.

Some of us will remember the summer of 2008 for the weather however for this group of young girls it will be remembered for the opportunity they received when they traveled to San Francisco from July 10th to 15th. Also involved with the group were two supervisors Marie O Leary and Deirdre Kearney and coach Ber Cahill.

The visit to San Francisco was opened by a wonderful reception given by Cork's sister city committee at the Irish Cultural Centre and host Diarmuid Philpott presented all the girls with beautiful certificates.

The next day they visited Emer Deane and staff at the Irish Consulate, what a view from their offices on the 33rd floor. The next line of business were the games - in the same pool they played New York team Rochester, California team Contra Costa and local team San Francisco.

The Cork team topped their pool easily and reached the semi-final against Los Gatos. The Irish girls at this stage had created a name for themselves and continued their winning streak reaching the final. This was way beyond their expectations prior to the tournament.

The opposition for the final were San Mateo, a team that was very highly rated in the competition. A tough battled followed in the final with a level score at the final whistle forcing the game into extra time. Still the sides could not be separated which resulted in penalties deciding the winners. San Mateo came out on top here after a very brave fight by the Cork side.  However to come away with a silver medal was more than they ever expected.

The players were a credit to their City, their schools and indeed their parents throughout the whole trip and were very highly commended by their supervisors. Their attitude and commradarire was second to none.

All in City Council are indeed very proud of their achievement.

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