All Ireland Fever (And No It's Not The Flu!) To Hit Clontarf Tomorrow

(26 Jan 2018)

By BelvedereFC.Com









What a massive weekend ahead for the boys in blue.

Our U13, U15 and U16 Premier teams are all in action in the last 32 of the SFAI All Ireland Cup.

Our Clontarf Astro Complex will host the games, with the U15s taking centre stage on Saturday and the U13s and U16s hoping to perform to their best on Sunday.

The Fixtures


U15 SFAI Cup: Belvo Vs Tulla United (Clare), Clontarf, 2pm


U16 SFAI Cup: Belvo Vs Cabinteely, Clontarf, 11am

U13 SFAI Cup: Belvo Vs Corinthian Boys (Cork), Clontarf, 2.30pm











The Previous Rounds


Mick Earley & Ben Smithers’ U15s will kick the action off on Saturday.

Their boys in blue have won three games to get to this stage of the competition.

The winners of Saturday’s game will be at home to Rock Celtic or Crumlin United in the last 16.

The 15s beat Phoenix 2-0, Leixlip United 3-1 in a thriller and Shamrock Rovers 2-1 in reach this stage and Manager Mick Earley is looking forward to the game.

“The boys have been working hard over the winter break to be ready for this game. It’s the first time the competition is being run this way with the change to the single calendar season so there’s been a bit of a wait for the game.”

“We’ve used the time to work on aspects of our game on the training pitch, and also play a number of friendly matches, the boys are really looking forward to it.”

“Playing in big All Ireland games is what being a Belvo boy is all about, and if we perform to our top levels, we’ve got a great chance, I’m sure Tulla will feel the same, hopefully it’s a good match.”











This competition has been an interesting one for our U13s, who qualified for the last 32 thanks to a good win over St Francis before Christmas.

The boys would have been playing 9-a-side DDSL football in 2017, but moved up to 11-a-side for the All Ireland competition.

Manager John Moore explains how that transition went.

“Yeah it’s been interesting for the lads but they’ve got used to it really well. While playing U12 Premier in 9-a-side last season, we’ve always had an eye on the All Ireland Cup knowing it is an 11-a-side competition and therefore have been doing a lot of tactical work in relation to the 11v11 and also playing lots of friendly games so the lads can get used to it.”

“The biggest difference is the size of the goals and the size of the pitch but the lads have adapted very well.”

“Myself and Jimmy Jackson went to watch Corinthians in one of their league games recently so we have an idea of what they are like. Every team is the last 32 of this competition is a good team and we know we’ll have to put in a really strong performance on Sunday, if we do that, we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”

The winners of this match will be away to Clonee United or Midleton in the next round.











Like the U15s, Austin Skelly’s U16s have had some drama on their way to the last 32.

They beat Larkview 3-0 and then Leicester Celtic 2-0 in the opening rounds before an away game in Whitehall against Dublin rivals home farm.

The game ended 1-1 but the boys (thankfully) won 3-2 in a nerve racking penalty shootout.

Garret Lynch “scored the worst peno ever” to win the shootout, the video is on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels now, but who cares, it went in!

“I don’t care what any of the penos were like in the last round, the most important part is that we are through to this round and are looking forward to a tough game against Cabinteely,” said manager Austin Skelly.












Cabo beat Belvo 5-2 in Clontarf just last weekend in the SFAI Regional Cup and it’s not something Aussie wants a repeat of.

“Listen, we didn’t play to our best last weekend and Cabinteely took full advantage of that. The players reacted really well and have trained well this week.”

“The great thing about football is that there is always another game, it happens to be in the same venue against the same opposition just a week later and we’ll all be looking to put things right on Saturday.

The winners will be at home to Crumlin United in the next round.

Get down to Clontarf on Saturday and Sunday to cheer of the boys in blue if you can!


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