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Historic Victory As Peamount Schoolgirls Claim Clubforce Cup

16 May 2022; Emma Coughlan of Peamount United in action against Lucy Jordan of Stepaside during the 2022 Clubforce DDSL Girls U13 League Cup Final match between Stepaside FC and Peamount United at the AUL in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Clubforce, the Irish business championing club volunteers, sponsored the Dublin and District Schoolboys’/Girls’ League (DDSL) Cup Finals 2022 over the weekend in Dublin. Over 30,000 people came through the gates, exceeding all expectations. 6,000 adults attended the event with tickets processed online (through Clubforce) for the first time.

The DDSL Clubforce Cup Finals 2022 was held at the AUL Complex for the first time since 2018. The event took place over the weekend Friday evening, May 13th, Saturday, May 14th, and Sunday, May 15th. There were a total of sixty-six finals played over three days. 

Among the titles claimed, the DDSL was proud to announce its first-ever DDSL Girls Cup Finals at U11, U12, U13, and U14 which is significant in the DDSL’s history. It was the first step by the Dublin league to help retain and nurture schoolgirl football talent.

The Clubforce Cup was played by the U13 Girls in a very close final between Peamount United and Stepaside FC on Pitch Three. The final score 3-1 to Peamount did not reflect the game played by the less experienced Stepaside who put up a very strong fight against the gallant Peamount winners. Lilian Tobin demonstrated some undeniable talent in the Stepaside goal. Goal scorers were Sarah Reynolds, Lucy Taaffe and Ava Prizeman for Peamount with Maya Shakanumgu for Stepaside. 

The cup was presented to Captain Chloe Doyle and the team of proud winners by Ian Morris, former DDSL player and professional football player. 

Ian was recruited to Leeds United as a young DDSL schoolboy himself, aged 15, before playing at Scunthorpe United, Carlisle United, Chesterfield, Torquay United and Northampton Town in UK. Ian is a Key Account Executive at Clubforce.

Player of the match Laura Solomon is presented the award by former Ireland international Olivia O’Toole
Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Player of the match was awarded to a deserving Laura Solomon, no doubt a Stepaside future star. She was presented the DDSL medal by Olivia O’Toole, Irish Football International, second only to Robbie Keane in the number of goals scored for Ireland (54).

Olivia O’Toole commented – “It’s time for girls to get the recognition they deserve in football. Now the schoolgirls have the opportunity to play in the DDSL, I’m looking forward to seeing more talent showcased and prepared for bigger and better things.”

George Victory, DDSL Secretary, said about the event – “Congratulations to Peamount and Stepaside on getting to the finals of the Clubforce Cup, we’re excited about the schoolgirl talent displayed today. 

We are committed to what we do at the DDSL. It was a first this year to go online with Clubforce. There was scepticism but we exceeded all expectations in terms of sales, we had 30,000 people come through the gates and 6,455 adult tickets sold. A massive success and big time saver.“

The DDSL is now the biggest schoolboy and schoolgirl league in Europe. It was founded in 1943 to provide a structured league system for Dublin schoolboys’ football clubs and for soccer clubs in the surrounding districts. 

Clubforce is the Irish leader in sports club automation, providing an all-in-one management platform that enables club volunteers to efficiently manage all aspects of their club from one interface. This includes administration, fundraising, and communications. The Clubforce platform provides real-time reporting. 

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