Derry City FC Legend, Ciarán Martyn (back row, far right) was on hand to welcome the CCS squad to Redcastle Hotel
Redcastle Hotel was a fine setting for the last and possibly most important piece of the preparation jigsaw...the pre-match bonding session! The squad took part in some light gym work, followed by the now standard sports-massage treatment from instructor, physio and teacher, Mr. Sam Bogan. Then it was off to the pool to chill-out for half an hour. Several of the group set up some kind of makeshift water volleyball court. The lads certainly won't be picking up any medals for volleyball...When the last few squad members were forcefully extracted from the sauna, it was time to eat. That particular pre-match meal won't be beat! The afternoon's activities were rounded off with an inspirational speech by Finn Harps manager, Ollie Horgan. Ollie takes a lot of the credit for Harps' revival over the last couple of years, so there's really no better man to have on your side. One point stood out from Ollie's oration - This is not just a game of football. For most, it's a once-off event that will bond friends for life. Don't let it pass you by...The elders amongst us will certainly appreciate those wise words. At this stage, little else needs to be said. It's now over to the talented young men of the senior soccer panel...
Senior Boys All-Ireland Soccer Final - Friday, 11th March, 2pm - Home Farm FC (Whitehall, Dublin)