Post Primary Futsal Blitz
The Youth Development Centre at Oriel Park played host to the Louth region of the FAI Post Primary School Futsal Programme on Thursday morning.
Now in its eighth year, the programme has seen boys and girls from St. Mary’s Drogheda, Colaiste Chu Chulainn, De La Salle, Dundalk Grammar School, Scoil Ui Mhuiri Dunleer, Ballmakenny College and Colaiste Ris participate.
Led by FAI Regonal Development Officer for Louth, Michael Neville, and teachers in each school, the programme is designed to increase participation levels at grassroots level while making the five-a-side game fun to play.
Colaiste Ris were the winners of the girls group and Dundalk Grammar won the boys, both sides will proceed to the Leinster Finals that will take place in the National Indoor Arena at Abbotstown on Tuesday, 21st of November (girls) and Wednesday, 22nd November (boys).
Futsal is an indoor version of association football. It is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper, and up to seven substitutes per team. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines – walls or boards are not used. A smaller ball with less bounce is also used. The rules of futsal create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique, as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
When speaking with dundalkfc.com after the blitz, Neville said: “Colaiste Ris from Dundalk won the Girls competition after going unbeaten in their group they clinched top place with a comprehensive 4- 1 win over Ballymakenny College to qualify for the Leinster Finals
“The standard was very good in all games but Colaiste Ris had the cutting edge up front with Ellie Gorham who finished top scorer the outstanding player.
“The Boys section was a very competitive 7 team group with 3 teams after top spot going into the last round of games. In the end Dundalk Grammar (A) team came out on top when they thought all had been lost as they drew their last game against De La Salle (B) 3-3 but St Marys from Drogheda who were favourites to beat De La Salle (A) surprisingly lost out 2-1 to put the Grammar through to the Leinster finals there was some quality futsal played in this group and credit to the players and teachers it was played out in a very sporting manner.”