Tiarnan Murphy on the Elite list

May 5, 2014

Congratulations go to Newry City AFC U-12 player Tiarnan Murphy who has just been selected for the Northern Ireland U-12 Elite development Southern area squad. Tiarnan from Creggan, Crossmaglen is the son of Colm and Elaine. Colm was an outstanding Cartwheel United goalkeeper for a decade and proud Grandad Paddy a former Chairman and manager of the Crossmaglen based club.

Tiarnan a central midfielder has progressed through the ranks at Newry City’s youth academy. Under the guidance and coaching received from Academy Manager Conlon Morrison and his Professional coach Lee Kirrane, Tiernan has progressed sufficiently to successfully come through a series of trials since last September to make the squad. His selection is a great accolade for the newly formed Newry City AFC and shows how the club is progressing through its Youth structure.

The Elite development programme aims to prepare our young players for the professional game and ultimately representing Northern Ireland at Senior International level. He has gone through a number of trial selections which started with over 80 players last September and has now been chosen on the final panel of 16 players.

The new strategy for player development ties in with the new corporate strategy with the aim of qualifying for a major tournament. The Irish FA Player Development Programme was established in January 2012 in response to the Association’s desire to identify talented footballers at the Under age groups across Northern Ireland and nurture that talent through an agreed coaching syllabus.