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Monday, 9th July 2018

Drogheda’s young soccer stars with their eye on the ball

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Late Night League gets under way.

Drogheda Life doesn’t cover much sport but, because it is such an important soccer competition, we thought we’d pop along to the launch of the Drogheda Late Night League at Marley’s Lane last Thursday.

OK, it’s not the World Cup we’re talking about here, it’s something much more important. The Late Night League sees youth groups from the various estates in Drogheda compete for the honour of being the best team in the town. And boy do they compete.

The passion, the skills, the dedication, enthusiasm and the will to win are all there in abundance but, unlike the professionals currently kicking a ball around in Russia, there’s very little amateur dramatics.

These boys and girls are true pros, they just get on with playing the beautiful game and they’re all focussed on getting through to the final.

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It’s all co-ordinated by a committee which draws its members from the local youth services such as Youth Work Ireland, Foroige, Connect FRC, Drogheda Boys, the FAI, Respond! Housing, local volunteers and of course the Community Policing Unit of Drogheda Garda Station.

The League is not all about playing football though. The secret to success on and off the pitch is to practice, practice, practice but also see how others do it so the FAI gave the Midnight League 60 tickets for the Ireland v USA match in the Aviva Stadium earlier this month when a great time was had by all the Drogheda crew.

He's got the full gear, his socks are pulled up and his new boots are lovely and clean but sometimes even the best of players need a hand with their laces.

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