Scots compete at annual 5-a-side tournament

Recently, the Scots College competed in the annual Ragheed Ganni cup at the Irish College. David Topping, the college ‘sports man’ reports…

Last Saturday, 8 valiant athletes made their way to the Pontifical Irish College for the annual Ragheed Ghanni 5-a-side football tournament. The tournament is a wonderful tribute to Ragheed, a former student at the Pontifical Irish College who was martyred after he had celebrated Mass in his home country.

Before the tournament began, players and spectators alike, listened to a brief account of Fr. Ragheed’s life and how he loved 2 things more than anything: his Faith and sport. That is why, to honour his memory, the Irish College organise the annual 5-a-side tournament with seminaries from Rome invited to come together for a day of football and communal prayer.

The Irish on their home turf were joined in their group by the Venerable English College and the Marist brothers. While the Pontifical Scots College met with the Beda College and the North American College in their group. After a prayer led by the Monsignor Ciaran O‘Carroll, the Irish College rector, the Scots came flying out of the traps with a 2-1 win over the Beda College. Emmanuel Alagbaoso scored both goals. Next, the Scots overcame the Americans with another 2-1 win. The team had to work hard though, coming from behind thanks to a double strike from Mark O’Donnell.

The Irish and Scots teams before the final at the Ragheed Ganni 5-a-side tournament, Saturday 12th November.

The Irish and Scots teams before the final at the Ragheed Ganni 5-a-side tournament, Saturday 12th November.

After the 5th and 3rd place play-offs, the unbeaten Scots took to the field to meet the hosts in the final. After going behind in the first half the Scots drew themselves level in the second as O’Donnell’s left foot slotted home a low cross. Having held their own for large parts of the match, the last 5 minutes saw a few quick fire goals from the Irish and a final score of 4-1.

Once the trophy had been presented, pizza was served before the day ended with evening prayer in the Chapel. It was a beautiful sunny day of good natured but hard-fought sporting competition that Fr Ragheed would have approved of. Our thanks goes to the organisers and for the hospitality at the Pontifical Irish College and all who attended to make it a great day. And of course congratulations to the Irish team. Now the preparation begins for next year!

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