Bhoys tri­umph in Thomas Mur­phy Cup

Bray People - - NEWS -

A LARGE crowd gath­ered for the an­nual in­te­grated soc­cer tour­na­ment run by the Bray Trav­eller Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Group, where 12 teams fought hard for the Thomas Mur­phy Me­mo­rial Cup.

For ten days the 12 teams played against each other and were then whit­tled down to just two.

The Bhoys play against the Youth Lead­ers FC in the fi­nal held in Bal­ly­waltrim Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Park.

Bhoys cap­tain Gra­ham Devlin re­ceived the tro­phy af­ter they put up a good bat­tle against the Youth Lead­ers FC, tri­umph­ing on a score­line of 2 – 1 in the end.

The event has been run­ning for 17 years, but only in the last two it has been re-named the Thomas Mur­phy Me­mo­rial Cup.

Or­gan­iser Jim O’Brien said: ‘ Thomas was a young man who sadly lost his life in a tragic car ac­ci­dent a few years ago. We de­cided to name it af­ter him to keep his spirit alive as he was a very well re­spected man within the com­mu­nity.’

Jim said the good thing about sports is it brings ev­ery­one to­gether no mat­ter what race you are.

He sent his thanks to ‘ev­ery­one who came out’ to all the matches, even in the rain.

Mr O’Brien also thanked the De­part­ment of Jus­tice, lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion Be Well, Tom Bai­ley from Bray County Coun­cil for get­ting the grass cut lead­ing up to the event and care­taker John Byrne from Bal­ly­waltrim Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Park.

‘We are al­ready look­ing for­ward to the next tour­na­ment in 2018,’ said Mr O’Brien.

Tour­na­ment win­ners The Bhoys: (back, from left) David Greene, Gra­ham Devlin, Rob­bie Man­ley, Rob­bie Healy, (front) Barry Buck­ley, Jack Dunne, Lee O’Shaugh­nessy, Taigh Devlin and Dar­ren Nei­land.

The fam­ily of the late Thomas Mur­phy with the cup named in his hon­our: (from left) Sadie, Alice, John, Mary and Michael Mur­phy.

John Mur­phy presents the cup in the mem­ory of son Thomas to the cap­tain of The Bhoys, Gra­ham Devlin.

Ref­eree Bren­dan Cole­man presents the Player of the Tour­na­ment award to Rob­bie Healy.

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