Tristar’s u12s have had a great 2019 having won a total of three trophies. In the summer the team won the Foyle Cup Rosebowl. In the last week of November they won the 1st Division league and a few days later on the 1st December they finished off an outstanding year by winning the 1st Division league cup against a very well organised Ballymoor FC.
The final started off with both sides trying to play attacking football, but with the cup at stake, each team was giving it their all. The first half was very even and ended goalless with some great goal-keeping by Ballymoor’s, Tony Doherty-Donnell.
From the beginning of the second half Tristar played a better passing game and began to carve out more chances. Mark McGeady’s speed on the left continually gave Ballymoor some trouble. Mc Geady created a few chances with some through balls, but again, Ballymoor’s keeper made some great saves. Tristar’s front man, Conor Feeney also created a few chances and narrowly missed on a few occasions. Having forced his way into the box, he was upended to win a penalty. Unfortunately he was unable to convert with Tony Doherty-Donnell in outstanding form. He also thwarted a long range drive from Conor Parke, and it began to look like the game was heading to penalties.
However, with 10mins to go, Tristar got the breakthrough they were pressing for. After a great passing move to get the ball into the box, the ball fell to Feeney to hit the top corner of the net. Tristar remained strong, but Ballymoor didn’t give up and continued to press for the equaliser. But with only minutes remaining, Feeney played a through ball for the ever dynamic Aidan Tejada to slot low and hard into the bottom left side of the net. The game finished two-nil and the Tristar boys lifted their third trophy of the year.
There were great positive displays all over the pitch and the boys were deserved winners. Well done to all of them for a great end to the year. Coaches Vincent Feeney, Ryan Harkin, Tom Carlin, Gavin Doherty and Greg Parke couldn’t have been more proud of the lads and are delighted with their achievements.
Tristar 2007 players Callum Doherty and Euan Quigley, who were excellent throughout the year, have played their last games for the club as they move on to Derry City. The club, the 2007 coaches and all the 2007 players would like to wish them all the best in their new adventure. Good luck lads, do us all proud.