It may not have had the perfect ending but Mountmellick United’s fourth annual Conor Davis Memorial 7-aside tournament held over the weekend was still a huge success.
See this week’s Leinster Express for extensive photographic coverage from the final
For the first time since its inception the Conor Davis Cup leaves the town after Portlaoise AFC’s well-drilled side won the 21-team tournament, but the abiding memory of this tournament will be one of community spirit working together for a great cause.
The Oncology Unit at the Midlands Hospital in Tullamore will be richer to the tune of €1500 after the entire proceeds of the event went directly to the cause, inspired by the memory of Conor Davis and Cathal Sheeran, both of whom passed away at a very young age in recent years and affected the lives of so many who were involved in the three-day tournament at Mountmellick United’s home grounds.
Starting on Friday night and running right through till Sunday evening, teams from all over the county plied their trade with varying degrees of success, but everyone involved contributed to an extremely successful event which has grown steadily since 2009. With every team guaranteed at least four games in either the main cup event or the shield for the group’s bottom sides, every side saw plenty of action and the huge crowds all weekend only added to the atmosphere.
A huge amount of organisation ensured the success of the tournament and club and committee members as well as a whole host of volunteers gave up their time and efforts to keep everything running smoothly, none more so than organisers Jody Davis and Rob Milne along with Mick Melia and a number of other loyal servants to the club’s cause.
On the field, the main event was won by Portlaoise AFC thanks to a second-half goal from Alan Dunne, leaving skipper Darren Rogers with the honour of being the first outsider to lift the Conor Davis Perpetual Cup. They saw off the significant challenge of a side comprising a mixture of Mountmellick and Portlaoise players captained by John Watchorne.
There was some consolation for the home town club however. Mountmellick man Emmet Healion, a key part of the losing side all weekend picked up the player of the tournament award, and the winners of the Shield went to a team made up of both Rosenallis and Mountmellick men, with Rosenallis FC’s John McLoughlin lifting that prize.