VIVA LAS VEGAS. That’s the cry out in Peamount United whose girls’ team is heading to Nevada between 18 February and February 24 to contest the prestigious Mayors Cup.
This competition is a showcase event and attracts over 600 teams from all over the world and will have 70 international sides – including Peamount – from five continents.
The event is widely regarded as one of the best and most competitive tournaments and attracts over 400 colleges and recruiting agents to survey the talent on display.
Peamount United will play in the Under 17s section of the tournament and with four of the top teams in the USA already entered in the tournament the standard looks to be right out of the top drawer.
They have also represented the Republic of Ireland in Europe and in 2011–12 they became the first Republic of Ireland team, including men’s team, to qualify from their group for the knockout stages of a European competition
The current Peamount United set to travel Stateside during the mid-term break is a team of real quality last year winning the Women’s National League Under 17s Shield defeating Bohemians at the Oscar Traynor Coaching and Development Centre.
An appearance in the WFAI Under 17 final ended in defeat away to Galway at Eamonn Deacy Park but their progress to the decider showed healthy cup pedigree in recent times which augurs well for their Las Vegas outings.
Within their ranks Peamount are littered with excellent players and team captain Della Doherty in the middle of the park is also a Republic of Ireland international and head coach Jimmy McGrath is convinced that the team will fly the Peamount United and Irish flag with distinction.
Up front Abbie Clarke is the team’s ‘go-to’ for goals and she netted 19 times last season and is a real handful for defences and on her day is capable of finding the net with unerring accuracy.
Says McGrath: “The girls have never let us down on the pitch and they are all accomplished players who have done really well for themselves as players and as a team. We have a lot of internationals in our ranks and we look forward to the challenge.”
There are 32 teams in Peamount’s Under 17 age group and the club is indebted to good friend of DB Sports Roger Tabor, Tournament Director of the Las Vegas Mayors Cup for facilitating the club with the invitation.
Jimmy McGrath says: “Everyone involved here at Peamount WNL Under 17s are delighted and buzzing with excitement to be traveling with our very good friends DB SPORTS TOURS over to compete against the best teams that America and the rest of the world has to offer in the LV Mayor’s International Tournament Cup.
Added McGrath: “It’s the biggest tournament hosted in the USA and they’ll all be under the watchful eyes of college scouts from across the 50 states.”
Over 400 colleges will have representatives in attendance so for Peamount United players with an eye on a US scholarship it is the perfect showcase to display their talents.
“The girls are finishing up a three year cycle with us as a management team,” stated McGrath. “They are moving up the ranks within the club and this is a great way to sign off with them, but we are also using it as part of the Women’s National League preseason build-up and being able to provide high quality football is perfect for the start of the new campaign in April. If the girls perform to the best of their abilities I’m sure they will catch the eye and we’ll see what happens after that,” added McGrath.
Peamount United will travel with 16 players while 12 coaches / parents will also make the journey to Nevada.
The group fundraised through a ‘Last Man Standing’ competition while DB Sports also provided tickets to help with the push to gather the funding for the ambitious project.
Said McGrath: We’re really grateful to Darren Scully and Dave Berber of DB Sports. They have been exceptional in their assistance and planning this trip from the very start. It’s a fantastic opportunity for all the coaches/players to have a super experience both on/off the field as with most of this group it’ll be their last year involved in WNL U17s. It will be a brilliant experience for the girls with team bonding especially as a good few new faces on board and we can use it as a vital part of preseason before we start our new WNL season in April 2020
The Las Vegas Mayors Cup, International Showcase Tournaments –http://lvmayorscup.com/ishowcase/
o One of the most competitive international tournaments in the country
o Min 4 Match per team – over 600 teams competing – 70 international teams from 5 continents
o More than 400 college coaches/recruiters on site
o 32 teams in the Peamount United Age
§ From – Canada , Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Washington, California, Alaska, Illinois, Colorado & more
· This is the second year on a row DB Sports Tours have offered a place to an Irish representative. Last year the Northern Irish Boys National League competed. They got to the Quarter final only to lose to the then champions, Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club.