The Bay FC Football Academy continues to go from strength to strength and the youngsters involved were treated to a nice surprise at the Rock Road on Saturday morning.
As the games were coming to a close on the multiple pitches set up at Bay Park, Dundalk FC players Patrick McEleney, Chris Shields, Michael Duffy, Shane Grimes and Thomas Stewart all popped in to keep an eye on the proceedings.
There was a big demand for autographs afterward as the kids had a chance to meet their heroes who were happy to pose for pictures and sign jerseys, boots, and scraps of paper.
The Bay FC Football Academy has been in operation since June, running every Saturday morning for six to 11-year-old players decked out in training kit by CX+ Sport.
While the older kids will go and play with the Bay FC teams who compete in the Schoolboys League, the six, seven and eight-year-olds will stay with the Academy, which will move indoors to DkIT Sport in the run up to Christmas.