RFA and Inny FC U10s after their recent friendly match.

Quality displays from Inny FC and RFA U10 sides

Inny FC’s under 10s played an enthralling friendly on Saturday February 3 against the under 10s of Real Football Academy (RFA) of Mullingar at Cullion GAA’s Astro turf pitch, in what was RFA’s first outing of their pre-season. Both sides put in an excellent display of football in three keenly contested games with great goals, tackles and saves from both sides. Three 7-a-side games meant all players from both sides got quality game time.

Shining lights

Both sides had amazing talent on display showing how training and matches over the last few months have stood to them. For Inny FC, special mentions to Liam Monaghan, who scored Inny FC’s goal of the day with an amazing long-range effort, and to Sean Gaffney for a great goal which from resulted excellent offensive pressure from his Inny FC colleagues.

Inny FC’s MOTM went to Daniel Brady, who kept Inny FC in the game when RFA had us on the ropes at times with a countless number of acrobatic saves that his hero Jordon Pickford would have been proud of.

Daniel was admiralty supported by the Inny’s robust defenders who also came to the rescue on several occasions with some last gasp tackles preventing what looked like certain goals at times for RFA’s talented attack line spearheaded by a ‘Messi’ like performance from RFA’s Jack Shaw with great support from his RFA teammates. RFA were unlucky not to score more goals and on another day could have scored several more.

Thank you

Inny FC would like to thank Ray Geoghegan and Adrian Keaveney and the other RFA coaches and members for facilitating the friendly, as well as the players and parents from both sides for a respectful and enjoyable atmosphere. The RFA coaches’ feedback was that the "friendly was a great preparation for their season that starts in the coming weeks".

RFA’s players must be commended as for many of them, it was their first game playing together and showed they are an excellent well drilled bunch of lads.

Who are Inny FC?

Inny Football Club is based in Streete. Their underage teams compete in the Longford District League. Inny Rovers are the only Westmeath team in the League with teams from Longford, Leitrim, Cavan, and Roscommon. Inny FC were founded in 2009 and provide opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to enjoy soccer. With a catchment area encompassing North Westmeath from Finea all the way down to Mullingar and all surrounding areas, the club fields teams from U8s all the way up to senior grades. In recent years Inny FC girls’ and boys’ teams have had great success both locally and nationally.

Who are RFA?

Mullingar’s Real Football Academy’s Real Football Academy (RFA) is an underage club based in Mullingar that plays Northeastern Counties School Boy League, spearheaded by Ray Geoghegan with the aid of many other local coaches and volunteers. Their league season starts soon and are open to new members for top quality professional coaching in what is an all-inclusive environment for young players. RFA offer elite grassroot coaching to boys and girls from 4 to 14 years of age in a structured and respectful environment.

Special mention to Cullion GAA

Final word of thank you to Cullion GAA club for use of their excellent new Astro Turf pitch; Cullion did not charge us for the use of the pitch, but all parents of both sides made a voluntary contribution each to Cullion GAA which has very appreciated and gratefully received by the club.