Meet Our Opponents: Carrigaline United
Background To The Yellow & Blue by Alan Cinnamond
(first published in the June 2009 Carrigaline United FAI Cup programme)
Carrigaline United is a community-based football club, established in 1974. The club has grown from strength to strength over the years, currently catering for over 25 teams from schoolboy level to Senior. The club also runs an Academy for children under 10 with the help of volunteers and the local authority. Carrigaline Utd’s home ground at Ballea Park has seen substantial redevelopment in recent years. A magnificent new clubhouse and bar was completed in 2003. A redevelopment of the two main pitches is currently being undertaken. A FIFA standard all-weather pitch is due to be completed this month, while re-surfacing of the main grass pitch, with a state-of-the-art drainage system, is to be completed by the end of the summer.
Several Carrigaline players have represented Ireland at underage level and ladies in recent seasons and its adult teams have performed admirably in local and national competitions. The club is delighted that it will soon have facilities to match the excellent standard of footballer that the town is producing.
2008/9 Senior Team
Carrigaline United enjoyed a promising start to the 2008/9 League campaign in the Munster Senior League Senior 1st Division. However as the season unfolded the team suffered from long-term injuries and inconsistency and ultimately found themselves in a relegation battle. Then, a disappointing run of results in the final few games led to Carrigaline needing to win away at College Corinthians on the final day to secure 1st division status. A draw would have resulted in a relegation playoff against Passage. It was not to be however as Carrig were unfortunately defeated 2-1.
Everyone involved with Carrigaline United Seniors will be making a massive effort to ensure an immediate return to the First division next season and ultimately a return to the Premier division where we belong.