Soccer is one of the main sports in St Francis College and our teams have done extremely well in recent times, so much so that Rochestown College is now one of the teams to be feared in Munster Schoolboys soccer. The school is now competing at the top level in all age groups.
2017 has been a historic year with both our Senior (U19) and Junior (U17) teams winning Munster and All Ireland titles for the first time. Our Our First Years also won the Cork and Munster Futsal titles and finished runners up overall in Ireland.
In 2009, our first years reached the Munster Final for the first time in the school’s history. This has been followed up in 2010 by winning Munster and a defeat in the All-Ireland Final, and also a Munster Final appearance in 2011. Rochestown once again won the First Year Munster Cup in 2013 and went on to win the All-Ireland Final for the first time, followed by the Cork Cup to complete a treble winning season for the first years. The Cork Cup was successfully defended in 2014 and 2015.
Our Munster winning team of 2010 also went onto to lift the U15 Cork Schools Cup in 2011 and the U17 Cork Schools Cup in 2013.
Recent success has been down to the ability of the College to attract talent from the surrounding clubs of Corrinthians, Avondale, Carrigaline, Ringmahon, Douglas Hall, Passage and Springfield in Cobh. In fact, St Francis College is now the school of choice for players from these clubs.
Many of our players represent Cork panels at U13, U14, U15 and U16 level and the College has had some International representation through the years through the likes of David O Leary (U-17 in 2010). Some of our junior and senior stars also play in the U17 and U19 Elite league with Cork City and Cobh Ramblers.
A special mention must be given to “The Academy” set up by Mr.Murray, Mr O Flaherty (former Brighton and Cobh Ramblers striker) and Mr.Connick. New coaches have arrived in recent years through Mr.Croke, Mr. Donovan, Mr.Lordan (former Ipswich and Cork City midfielder), Mr.Bermingham (Cork City U19 Manager) and Mrs.Barry and they have brought their own style to the underage teams in recent seasons. Together, they like to make soccer fun and enjoyable and continue to develop the already exceptional talent in the College.