Newry under 13 footballers prepare to kick-off in Foyle Cup

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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Young local footballers, Lee Rice, Oisin Gray, Shane Kavanagh and Shea Magill from Lisdrum Youth, who play in the firmus energy Mid-Ulster Youth League, have been selected from almost 72 boys across the region to form MUYL’s team for the Foyle Cup tournament this summer.
Pictured with Angeline Murphy of firmus energy are Back Shea Magill, Lee Rice Front Shane Kavanagh, Oisin Gray

Pictured with Angeline Murphy of firmus energy are
Back: Shea Magill, Lee Rice. Front
Shane Kavanagh, Oisin Gray

The 18-strong squad has been working hard over the last six weeks and are now ready to make the trip to Derry for the competition where they hope to improve upon last year’s success when the MUYL team reached the Quarter Finals and finished 6th out of 32 teams. Michael O’Kane, from the Mid-Ulster Youth League explained, “The Foyle Cup really is a great experience for all the young footballers as it gives them a taste of a big competition and also is a great confidence booster. “Many of our players have gone on from the tournament to be selected to represent their county for the Milk Cup. It was such a difficult decision to select just 18 U13 players for our team as we really do have a wealth of talent on offer at the MUYL. “The boys had to go through extensive trials so to even be selected for the squad is a great achievement for them and they should be very proud. “This will be the fifth year that we have entered a team into the Foyle Cup and we have to acknowledge that this could not be done without the support of firms such as firmus energy which has been so generous to us over the last year. “Now we can focus on preparing for the competition and have no doubt that each and every member of the team will give their best – hopefully we will be bringing back the silverware this time round,” he added. Angeline Murphy for firmus energy added, “We have been involved with the Mid-Ulster Youth League since last summer when we also supported their quest for Foyle Cup success. We were so impressed by the young footballers’ attitudes and enthusiasm, as well as the dedication of the volunteers and organisers behind the scenes, that we committed to supporting the league throughout the year and beyond.” The U13 firmus energy Mid-Ulster Youth League team will kick-off the first match of the Foyle Cup tournament on Monday 20th July against Killen Rangers. For more information, please contact Michael O’Kane from the MUYL on 07869 151442.

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