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Rhys Kelly Noonan wins Cork City and County All Star Youth Award sponsored by John Buckley Sports

Crosshaven man RHYS KELLY NOONAN was awarded the Cork City and County All Star Youth Award sponsored by John Buckley Sports in association with the Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City alongside the Glanmire U15 Feile Winner.

Rhys began his football career in Camden playing for his local team Crosshaven AFC at just five years old and progressed up to U12. He then signed for League of Ireland side, Cobh Ramblers before transferring to Carrigaline United. Here he enjoyed major success, Rhys was part of the Cork Schoolboys team that won the 2019/2020 U14’s Munster Championship and the Carrigaline team that won the U15’s premier league. Kelly-Noonan returned to Cobh for two more seasons and has since signed for Cork City U17s.

Picture: Siobhan Russell

Rhys is thriving at City’s academy. City are doing well in the league and recently returned home from a trip to Portugal. The U17s travelled to Lisbon where they took on Befica and Sporting Lisbon. Rhys also got on the scoresheet for their momentous 2-o win over Sporting Lisbon.

Rhys was also a member of the Munster schools team who went onto win the Interprovincial Schools Series in 2022. A student of Colaiste Muire, Crosshaven he captained their team to becoming the U17 Small Schools Munster champions and also picked a runners up medal in the FAI Schools Junior B National Cup Final.

Rhys also represented Ireland as he featured in a friendly against school sports Australia and was on the FAI Schools U18’s squad for this year’s Centenary Shield campaign.

Rhys is a driven and passionate sportsman has high ambition and hopes to make it as a professional footballer.

Glanmire’s U15 Feile teams were also delighted to be honoured with this award.

There are 35 U15 players, who all play more than one sport, trained by eight coaches. Taking a fresh approach over the last two years, the new management team decided that they could not go head-to-head with other sports when it came to player retention. Instead, they accepted that players should have the choice to prioritise their chosen sport. However, the team of mentors made sure that all players knew there would always be training within the Glanmire Football Club, and a game for them with the team. Each player is an individual and being a teenager can be tough. The team mentors ensured that being involved in football was not going to add to the stress or anxiety that players may have from time to time.

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