FOOTBALL certainly runs through the veins of Derry’s McEneff family.
Boasting three talented players in their Cornshell Fields household, Nathan (16) became the latest local youth star to hit the headlines at the weekend, following in the footsteps of ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Aaron and Jordan (14) who this week plays in the Milk Cup with the Co Derry squad.
Ex-Spurs man, Aaron claims watching his brother net the winning goal for Derry Colts in the Under-16 Foyle Cup Final was a proud moment.
The 20 year-old former Institute midfielder was in the Brandywell Stadium alongside his family as he witnessed his younger brother steal the show with a long range winning strike against the Inishowen Youth League on Saturday.
Indeed, the brothers have a habit of coming to the fore when it matters and it was Jordan who proved to be the hero, scoring twice, including an extra-time winner as St Columb’s College won the N.I. Schools’ F.A. U18 Cup last April in Ballymena.
The McEneff family will now turn their attention to the Milk Cup tournament as they follow the fortunes of the Co. Derry squad with Jordan expected to play an integral role for the team.
And Aaron is delighted to see his younger siblings do well.
Aaron signed professional terms with Spurs in April, 2014 having previously been on a two year scholarship deal with the London club from 2012.
Since leaving White Hart Lane at the end of last season, he has had talks with various clubs and is hopeful of closing in on securing another full-time professional contract.
He’s currently training with Derry City but while keeping his cards close to his chest regarding his own future, Aaron has high hopes for his brother Nathan who finished as top scorer in the U16 Foyle Cup campaign.
That’s what it’s been like growing up and we’ll probably go home today and have a kick-about in the street again. It’s just the way it is.Aaron McEneff
And he was delighted to see his brother claim silverware on such a big stage, winning a Foyle Cup title which has eluded him in the past.
“The whole week has been brilliant,” smiled Aaron.
“I played in the Foyle Cup many times but was never lucky enough to win it.
“It’s been a brilliant week for all the boys and for Nathan who scored two in the second day, two last night (Friday) and then to score the winner in the final is unbelievable.
“To sit in the stands watching it was great for myself and my family. All three of us, myself, Nathan and Jordan all play and we were buzzing off Nathan this week.”
It was an excellent long distance strike which won the game and Aaron was impressed with the effort.
“He was down and then got up on his feet and Nathan has the kind of attitude where he never gives up.
“He likes to prove people wrong and as a brother I’m very proud of him.
“It was a great strike. I think he’s a late developer and I think he will keep working hard and he’s got great things ahead of him.
“He’s playing really well and now we’ll both watch Jordan next week when he plays in the Milk Cup.”
The love of football clearly runs in the family. The brothers were recently on a family holiday in Spain and a football was never far from their feet explained Aaron.
“We were away in Spain recently and we put up a video of us playing football in the street and that’s us wherever we go, the three of us always have a football handy.
“That’s what it’s been like growing up and we’ll probably go home today and have a kick-about in the street again. It’s just the way it is,” concluded Aaron.