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AULx AWARDS 23.08.07

At last night’s Murphy’s Stout Cork AUL Awards, hosted by Johnny Crowley, in the Kiln, referee John Lyne said his officiating at last season’s AOH final between Leeside and Coachford was the highlight of his career on the whistle to date. “I also did the FAI Junior Cup quarter-final but the AOH decider is the one you want, the one you remember.”

John has previous associations with the AOH, having won it as manager with Greenmount Rangers. Indeed, he enjoyed quite a career with the southsiders, winning four Premier titles in a row (from ’96 to ’99) and also claiming a Munster Junior Cup medal when Rangers beat Clonmel Town in the 1997 decider, after a replay.

Castleview’s Alan Healy won the Murphy’s Stout Golden Boot Award with an 18-goal haul. “Four against Villa in the league was the highlight," said Alan. Healy also skippered the side, now promoted, and thanks all the lads who helped out with the passes and assists.

Despite the fact the Grattan United team had a great year and that they were recipients of the Murphy's Stout AUL team of the Year Award last evening, Manager of the Year Pat Caulfield has decided he needs some extra cover, not least because Niall Curtin promises quite a derby game when Grattan take on his promoted Castleview. 

David O'Sullivan and Scott O'Brien (from Cobh Ramblers minor/U21s), along with Thomas Martin (ex Cork minor keeper), have come on board. They are joined by ex Grattan captain Paul Lynch. Ex AUL youth midfielder Owen Kiely is back from Maymount where he netted quite regularly last term. It is also worth mentioning that John 'Figo' Kelleher is back to full fitness and considering that he missed over half of last season, he is in effect a new signing also, but what a signing. 

"The A squad has the world at their feet. They are the current AUL champions and in recent warm-up games have shown good form. Four MSL Senior clubs have been put to the sword with Passage, Blarney, Castleview and, most recently, St Mary's, the victims," according to secretary Gavin O'Mahony.

 "With the Mossie Linnane starting the season, Pat will be using it as the perfect stage to fine tune the A squad. The fact of the matter is that if we can get decent runs in the FAI, MSC, AOH, and MJC, the possibly of our players being involved in the Oscar Traynor and the probability of further international call ups for John Paul O’Sullivan and Pa O'Connor, the likelihood of playing any serious amount of league games before Christmas is small."

"For that reason, we can only concentrate on what ever game comes next and do what we do best: win games. We learned last season that thinking of the games that are two or three weeks away can badly effect the way you get ready for the game you are about to play next."

"Grattan Utd will be a different prospect for the teams that come their way; confidence is high but nothing will be taken for granted, because locally we know Kinsale and Leeside, to name but two, will be hot on our heels."