Cain McKee soccer memorial cup 2018

report by Peter Keogh

Friday the 14th of December marked an important date in the 4site calendar, with JP Clarkes bracing themselves for 53 “well behaved” 4site employees. Prior to this, there was the small matter of the Cain McKee Memorial soccer tournament.

 

Obviously it was a tough year at 4site with the shock passing away of Cain who was the life/soul and cornerstone of the company. Cain was an avid football fan and a Burnley fan true and true. He had been the driving force behind many company events including the annual soccer tournament.

4 Teams. Only one winner!

Usually two teams turn up. This year there were four teams of seven players. There were some familiar faces such as Greg Star and Alex Rees making a return for this fantastic event. Team 2 entered the competition as strong favourites with Gerard Ryan a rock between the sticks, surprise package Kiran Peter who turned out to be a modern day Roberto Carlos, midfield maestro “Mossy Sheehan” pulling the strings in midfield with Ian Bermingham and William “Twinkle Toes” Tobin  spearheading the attack.

 

The first opponents to take on the red hot favourites were Team 1, who weren’t blessed with any superstars but had team spirit in abundance! Neville Dunne was the busiest man on the pitch which didn’t bode well for Team 1 and he inevitably had to pick the ball out of his net on three occasions, with no goals scored in reply.

While Ian Bermingham was slotting goals past Neville, Team 3 and 4 were playing out a thriller on the other pitch. The “Polish” dynamo Lukasz was the heartbeat of the Team 3, with the Nathan an ever-present threat in front of goal.

 

Following two more rounds of matches in the cold windy conditions at UL, we had the pairings for the respective finals. As the teams walked onto the pitches there was a clear difference in body language as the cold aching bodies partaking in the Losers Final had warm showers and the Christmas party firmly in their mind. As the players gingerly took up their positions, the word penalties clearly carried around the crisp evening sky and after 2 seconds deliberation the first penalty taker was stepping up to the spot.

 

This afforded two teams that were short on goals, an opportunity to get their names in lights but fatigue began to set in and after an enjoyable game Team 3 emerged victoriously, much to the joy of everyone involved.

The grand finale

The grand finale between Team 2 and Team 4 had unsurprisingly attracted a larger audience. There was far more intensity and after a free scoring game the final whistle blew with the teams were all square. This put the keepers under pressure and we are sure Cain enjoyed watching and was diving with every shot taken.

 

After everyone had taken their respective penalties there was still nothing between the teams until Mossy Sheehan stepped up to the spot and scored the winner, much to the delight of his teammates and all those watching in the cold conditions.

 

Golden Boot

The “Golden Boot” honours were shared between Derry O’Connor and Ian Bermingham. They had five goals apiece, which will make them key transfer targets for next year’s tournament.

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