En­niskerry club en­joys won­der­ful tour to Manch­ester

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN Sports Re­porter

THE En­niskerry Lions had a roar­ing suc­cess on their re­cent trip to Eng­land.

They en­joyed a tour of Old Traf­ford, watched Spurs in­flict a 0-1 de­feat on Stoke City at the Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium and last but not least, they man­aged to beat Manch­ester City’s Academy side by two goals to one.

It was an early start for all con­cerned on Fri­day morn­ing as they left the scenic vil­lage of En­niskerry be­hind them to board the boat to Holy­head.

As soon as I got off the boat, they headed to­wards the home of Manch­ester United, where they were given a guided tour and also en­joyed lunch at the Red Devil Café.

Fresh from the Theatre of Dreams, they checked into their ho­tel and re­laxed with a ses­sion in the pool and din­ner be­fore head­ing for bed.

Satur­day morn­ing saw them head to Platt Lane com­plex for a train­ing ses­sion in the elite com­pany of the Manch­ester City academy. They trained for just un­der two hours and en­joyed a li­ai­son with some of the stars of City’s se­nior ladies squad.

The Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium was next on their check­list as they wit­nessed Tim Sher­wood’s troops outdo Stoke City.

The girls had the priv­i­lege of be­ing flag bear­ers on the pitch as the teams came out of the tun­nel and af­ter­wards, they had a meet and greet with Glenn Whelan, Brad Friedel and a few other fa­mous faces. Whelan even gave them a signed Stoke City jersey to com­mem­o­rate their trip.

The high­lights of the weekend was still to come though. Sun­day morn­ing saw them lock horns with Man City’s elite academy, who had only lost one sin­gle game all year.

But goals from Man United fans Jessie Mor­ris­sey and Alan­nah McEvoy earned the Lions a 2-1 win on a weekend they’ll never for­get.

The Lions would like to say a mas­sive thank you to DB Sports and ev­ery­one else in­volved for mak­ing their dreams a re­al­ity.

En­niskerry Lions: Amy Cahill, Aoife Murtagh, Alan­nah McEvoy, Alix McNally, Laura O’Toole, Robyn Brauner, Ni­cole Keogh, Roisin McGovern, Jessie Mor­ris­sey, Ker­ri­ann Mur­phy, Danielle Sin­gle­ton, Sarah O’Toole, Kayleigh Perry, Cliona Byrne. (Get bet­ter soon Aoife).

The En­niskerry Lions team and the Manch­ester City side sur­ing the En­niskerry side’s tour to Manch­ester.

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