A prominent men's soccer club in the mid seventies and eighties the club lay idle until the early nineties when the underage or schoolboys' club was reformed. Our under 12, under 14, under 16, and under 18 teams all began to win and progress up through the leagues. The high point of the Clubs progress came in 2002/03 when the u-16 team won the county premier league.
Each year, depending in fluctuations in child numbers we continue to have u-10, u-12, u-14, u-16, and u-18 teams, though in this small parish in any given year there may not be enough children to participate at all levels. Each team has two or three coaches, mostly ex-players, and to this end several players have achieved their coaching badges, (kick-start 1 and 2) to help the kids devolop their ability, skills and understanding of the game.
With players now progressing yearly from our youth ranks, we now had the basis to reform our mens team. With thanks primarily to Club Chairman Pat McDonnell, we did this in the 2006/07 season winning the Division Three shield and cup while also coming second in the league and winning promotion to Division Two. The following year we lost the Divisional Cup final, but won the Division shield and the League title, promoting us for a second year running.
This year we were in Division One, and once again have finished League Champions, promoting us for next year up to the Premier League. This will hold no great fear for the team though, as we have thus far knocked two Premier teams out of the all County Cup this year, and now play another (Strokestown) in the all county cup semi-final. We also play Ballinasloe towns 'b' team in the divisional cup semi-final, so there may be a cup final appearance or two from this team yet this season.
With the success of the club, and rise in popularity locally in soccer we entered a 'b' team this season into Division Three, this team has aquitted themselves well, narrowly missing out on a cup final place, and finishing in the top half of the league. They are sure to progress next year, and with any luck, will begin to emulate the 'a' teams exploits.
We have no girls teams yet, though this may be possible in the future with the devolopment of our facilities.