It has been a remarkable year for former Dundalk Schoolboys League striker Michael O’Connor.
The ex-Bellurgan FC hitman moved to St Kevin’s for the 2010/2011 campaign after impressing in a trial with the highly successful Dublin club.
With the help of his parents Niall and Mary, the 12-year-old has been in red hot form for the club, scoring 20 goals to capture the golden boot in his debut season.
It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for the youngster, who was also selected on the DDSL team that faced Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers on a tour of England.
The former Bellurgan player started the hard slog in the winter, putting in extra training and after impressing in trials, he was called up to the Kevin’s side. It certainly was a move up in terms of quality and after hitting 47 goals in his last season with Bellurgan, the young talented frontman knew that was he going to be tested week in, week out with St Kevin’s.
It’s a test he stood up to as he bagged 20 goals, a rich reward for going to training in Dublin every Tuesday and Thursday and matches on a Saturday.
His father Niall paid credit to his son’s great commitment at only 12 years of age for travelling to Dublin three times a week at such a young age, just to test himself against quality opposition.
A personal highlight for the young player this year was making his way to Manchester United’s training facility, Carrington for the tour against United, Blackburn and Bolton.
The DDSL side came back unbeaten, beating United 3-2, drawing with Blackburn 4-4 and getting the result against Bolton, 5-4.
Next up for Michael is a trip with West Brom as he and four other players from St Kevin’s were invited to play with them after impressing at the Annual International Football Tournament in April of this year.