Coleraine FC Academy will have representation in three age groups at this summer’s Foyle Cup tournament…
Northern Ireland International and Aberdeen FC winger Niall McGinn flew home to attend the gala launch of the 2019 International O’Neills Foyle Cup in L/Derry last Sunday.
The former Derry City and Celtic star returned to the banks of the Foyle as special guest of honour for the launch of the prestigious annual youth soccer tournament which will take place from July 22nd to 27th.
Niall – who played in the tournament with Dungannon Swifts – praised the O’Neills Foyle Cup for the brilliant opportunities it has provided for young players to showcase their footballing talents.
He said: “I have great memories of playing in the Foyle Cup and the excitement of meeting players and coaches from both the local and pro teams who come to play in this competition each year.”
The 31-year-old winger who was part of the Derry City side which won the League of Ireland Cup in 2008, said: “I am honoured to be part of the 2019 launch of this fantastic tournament which gave myself and many other local kids the opportunity to progress into professional football clubs both at home and abroad.”
The O’Neills Foyle Cup will take place in the Derry, Strabane and Causeway Coast and Glens Council areas from July 22nd to July 27th, with a record 400 plus teams from across Ireland, the UK, mainland Europe and the U.S. playing on 45 pitches at 35 different venues.
Approximately 1,550 matches will be played over six days of the football festival and 6,000 plus participants are expected to take part in this year’s parade through the historic Walled City on July 23rd.
The Bannsiders will be competing in the under 9’s, under 10’s and under 11’s section.
Foyle Harps Juniors
Maiden City Academy
Sth Donegal Sboys
Phoenix Ath Colts
St Oliver Pkt
Maiden City Academy Colts
East Belfast FC
See full draw HERE