Northend United Youth host inaugural Slemish Cup on Saturday

Northend United's Slemish Cup Organising Committee of Ally McGarry, Brian O'Hara, Johnny Sayers, Stephen White and Joe Kidd with the trophy which will be competed for for the first time this summer.
Northend United's Slemish Cup Organising Committee of Ally McGarry, Brian O'Hara, Johnny Sayers, Stephen White and Joe Kidd with the trophy which will be competed for for the first time this summer.

Northend United Youth are putting the finishing touches to preparations for their inaugural youth football tournament, the Slemish Cup.

The event will take place at the Ballymena Showgrounds complex this Saturday, July 18, commencing at 10am.

The tournament is initially aimed at the 2006 age group and sixteen teams have registered for the tournament in what is expected to be a festival of football from some of the best footballing teams in Northern Ireland.

Tournament organiser, Ally McGarry, commented: “With our own 2006 teams attending similar tournaments throughout Northern Ireland and really enjoying themselves, it was felt that the time was right for our Club to host its own tournament.”

In what is a first for Ballymena, teams, in four groups of four, will compete for the Slemish Invitational Cup in a seven-a-side format. Following the group stages, each team will compete in a Cup and Plate competition.

“We have been working hard on the details behind the scenes and plan to make it a day to remember for all,” added Ally.

The ambitious Club intend on rolling this tournament out into other age groups next year in what is intended as a top pre-season tournament in the youth football calendar. For more details please contact Ally on 07779005441.

PRE-SEASON PLANS

Fielding no less than 14 youth teams for the incoming season, ranging in age from U8 to U17, all the Northend United teams are looking forward to getting back to pre-season training which will start week commencing Monday 4th August at the Showgrounds.

With a number of additions already to each of the teams, following a series of successful Open nights, all at Wakehurst Academy Club are looking forward to a super season ahead.

TEAM CONTACTS

U7s (2009) John Devlin 07919056834; U8s (2008) Ally McGarry 07779005441; U9s (2007) Alex McDonald 07742239674; U10s (2006) Ally McGarry 07779005441; U11s (2005) Alan Bristow 07736373412; U12s United (2004) Robert Adams 07766257645; U12s Youth (2004) Brian Martin 07760557049; U13s (2003) David Wylie 07792887435; U14s (2002) John Devlin 07919056834; U15s (2001) Brian McCluney 07856071928; U16s (2000) Tony Shaw 07792184089.