Earlier this week, Pat's players Jamie Harris, Damian Lynch and Alan Cawley made a surprise visit to an FAI Soccer Summer Camp near the Phoneix Park.
Before showing their soccer skills the players faced a barrage of questions from their young audience:
What players did you look up to when you were starting to play?
Damian: I was a big Man Utd fan so I was a big fan of Eric Cantona.
Jamie: I was more of a Liverpool supporter so for me it would have been the likes of Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman
If you weren't a soccer player what other sport would you like to have played?
Jamie: I was quite good at tennis growing up and even represented my county so I would have liked to have given that a shot. It's important that you try different sports and choose the one you like best.
What advice would you have for young players?
Alan: Play with a smile on your face and always enjoy your football.
Damian: Listen to your coaches and always take what they say on board.
Jamie: Never give up in a match even if you're down or two goal, look what happened to us over in Russia.
Who is the best player in the squad?
Damian: Myself of course, no to be honest I would have to say Mark Quigley.
What did you think of how Denis Law refused to celebrate after he scored for Man City against his old club Man United?
Alan: Well I scored against my old club Sligo earlier in the season and I definitely didn't follow the Denis Law approach!
Among the young audience present was a youngster who's uncle went to school with Jeff Kenna in Palmerstown , someone whose father player for Bohemians (confirmed) and someone whose father currently plays for Manchester United (unconfirmed).
There were quite a few Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United jerseys on show but it was good to see one or two St Pat's and Bohs jerseys in the mix as well.
The players highlighted the importance of supporting a team in the League of Ireland while also having a favourite team in the Premiership as well.
The visit ended with the Pat's players taking part in the inflatable target shot challenge.
To his relief, dead ball expert Alan Cawley came out on top as he said himself: “whatever about Lynchie, I couldn't face getting beaten by defender Jamie Harris.
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