Fixtures and Results 2009
The annual Women’s FAI UMBRO Gaynor Cup, which caters for representative teams, provides a process for the Underage International managers to identify and assess the best players for the various Republic of Ireland squads.
The latest tournament, held at University Limerick, was contested throughout last weekend.
The tournament, which is an important part of the Women’s football calendar, has been running each year since 2001.
This season saw a slight change in the age-levels, with the sections now categorised into Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 groups.
A total of 23 teams participated in this year’s event. There were nine in both the Under-13 and Under-15 sections with another five competing in the Under-17 age-level.
UMBRO became the official tournament sponsor last year and, along with their support for the other national Women’s competitions, it is a fantastic show of support on their behalf for the Women’s game.
The primary objective of the tournament is to showcase the talents of the best players from around the country, enabling the various International managers to identify and assess players for the International squads at Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 and Senior levels.
Republic of Ireland senior team manager Noel King and the rest of the management from the various other International panels were in attendance.
Leinster North (pictured left) captured the Under-17 Gaynor Cup after they staged a dramatic comeback against Munster in a titanic battle in the final group game.
The Munster Girls began at a very high tempo as they knew that they needed to win the decisive game to get their hands on the coveted prize. Conversely, anything less would ensure that the Leinster Girls would prevail.
Munster’s early pressure paid dividends as they converted from a corner kick that wasn’t cleared.
Midway through the half they doubled their lead and it looked like the silverware was heading south. Crucially, Leinster North halved the arrears before the break.
The second half was a tense battle with chances at a premium. With thirteen minutes remaining, the Leinster team got the chance they need to equalise and secured a 2-2 draw.
The game ended with a point apiece, sufficient for Leinster North to take the riches.
The result capped a fine weekend at the University of Limerick for the Province as Dublin South were victorious in both the Under-13 FAI UMBRO Gaynor Cup and the Under-15 FAI UMBRO Gaynor Cup (pictured left).
In both these sections, the North Eastern Counties showed great progress as filled the runners-up berth.
U17 FAI Gaynor Cup
U15 FAI Gaynor Cup
Group A: 1st: Dublin South 2nd: North Eastern Counties 3rd: Connaught
Group B: 1st: Munster South 2nd: Munster North 3rd: South East
Group C: 1st: Dublin North 2nd Ulster 3rd: Midlands
U13 FAI Gaynor Cup
Group A: 1st: Dublin South 2nd: North Eastern Counties 3rd: Munster South
Group B: 1st: Dublin North 2nd: Connaught 3rd: Midlands
Group C: 1st: Munster North 2nd South East 3rd: Ulster.