The Scots College 5-a-side team travelled to the Irish college on Saturday to take part in the annual Ragheed Ganni 5-a-side tournament.

Ten years after the martyrdom of Father Ragheed Ganni in Iraq, the annual football tournament held in his honour took place at the Irish College, earlier this month, where he studied during his time in Rome.

The tournament featured, as well as the Irish and Scots, teams from the English, Beda and North American colleges and a representative side from the Maorists. The Scots faced the Americans and Beda sides in the group stages and after a 1-1 draw against the NAC, where Emmanuel Alagbaoso got onto the score sheet. Chris Doig and Mark O’Donnell both scored in the next tie whilst Joe McGill found the back of the net twice in the 4-0 defeat of the Beda College. Those results meant the Scots College team made it to the 20 minute final.Ragheed_Game

The final, a re-run of last year between the Irish and Scots, was started brightly by the visiting side who opened the scoring with a good piece of passing football – every member of the team touched the ball – before Emmanuel Alagbaoso slotted it into the back of the net.

By half time it was 2-1 to the hosts who then bagged another three in the second half to win 5-1 and retain their title.

Following the presentation of the trophy and pizza, the day was rounded off with Vespers in the college chapel.