Looking ahead… Junior team

On the second day of the competition it’s a meeting of neighbouring counties when our Junior team play County Antrim.

2017 will see the 19th appearance at the SuperCupNI for County Antrim’s Junior team.

With the restructuring of the Milk Cup in 1992, came the introduction of the first County teams at Premier level, to be followed by Junior section teams six years later.

In 2015 Antrim’s Premier side re-wrote the history books when they defeated Mexican team Club America to become the first County team to win the SuperCupNI.

That came hot on the heels of a losing final appearance by the Junior side in 2014, when they went down 2-0 to Corinthians.

Last year the Junior team finished 3rd in the SuperCupNI Vase.

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Night at the Races fundraiser

We are hosting at Night at the Races in the newly renovated Studio at the Groomsport Inn to help raise vital sponsorship for the County Down SuperCupNI team.

Arrive to the races in style with a complimentary glass of bubbly, plus complimentary nibbles and live entertainment.

8pm til late.

Looking ahead… Junior team

As this year’s SuperCupNI approaches, we begin to look at who our teams will be facing. The competition begins for our Junior team with a match against Cherry Orchard on Monday 24th July.

Cherry Orchard’s schoolboy section was formed in 1970 when five teams were entered into the Dublin & District League. Two years later and their U15 side had claimed a league and cup double.

A host of Orchard players have received youth international honours, while several players have progressed to play for the Republic of Ireland in the years following.

The club’s greatest achievement came in 1993 when their U16s defeated Rangers to win the Milk Cup, and at the same time becoming the first amateur club to achieve this feat.

In 2016 Cherry Orchard reached the final of the SuperCupNI Vase, defeating Tyrone 1-0.

Find out more at www.cherryorchardfc.yourclub.ie

Training begins for both teams

Training got underway for all of our players on Tuesday evening at Londonderry Park, when our coaching teams got the opportunity to see their assembled squads for the first time since selections were made.

Training will continue at the venue on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for the next number of weeks.

Draw made for 2017 tournament

The draw for this year’s SuperCupNI has just been made and we can reveal who the opponents for our Junior and Premier teams will be.

Junior team schedule:
Monday – Cherry Orchard
Tuesday – County Antrim
Wednesday – Colina

Premier team schedule
Monday – First Choice Soccer
Tuesday – Vendee
Wednesday – County Fermanagh

Details of kick-off times and venues will be announced at the official launch event in mid June.

Junior preparations get off to winning start

Our Junior side began their 2017 SuperCupNI preparations with a win in the Gerry Reynolds Cup in Belfast on Sunday.

The four team tournament consisted of County Down, County Fermanagh, County Armagh and Wexford Sheffield Wednesday development squad.

Down were drawn to play Armagh in the first semi final and in a entertaining game in hot conditions Down won a tight game 2-1 with Ben Hollinger and Ross Hunter getting the goals.

Awaiting Down in the final was County Fermanagh who had earlier won their semi final comfortably against Wexford.

After a edgy opening with Fermanagh on top, Hollinger opened the scoring against the run of play after fine work by Eoin Teggart on the wing. This seemed to settle the young Down players and the game evened out.

Soon after, a superb deep cross from Cian Gantley had Fermanagh’s keeper back peddling and with both Hollinger and George Tipton challenging he was unable to keep the ball out and it dropped into the net to give Down a two nil lead at the interval.

An Eion Teggart double after the break gave Down a 4-0 victory to end an enjoyable day’s football and County Down were presented with the Gerry Reynolds Cup.

Callum McVeigh was voted County Down’s player of the tournament while Dylan Boyle completed a successful day winning the overall player of the tournament.

A special mention goes to Alex Hasson/ Friends Select Academy chairman for organising this special event in the memory of Gerry Reynolds.

Dylan Boyle

Callum McVeigh

Introducing our 2017 squads

We are pleased to announce the names of the 36 boys who have been chosen to represent County Down at this year’s SuperCupNI.

Following an intensive trials process which took place during April, team managers and coaches gave much consideration to the players who would make up this year’s Junior and Premier squads.

The standards shown during the trials were very high, but ultimately decisions must be made on who we can take to the tournament. We would like to thank every boy who tried out for this year’s team and if you were not successful on this occasion, we strongly encourage you to keep playing the game you love, keep practicing and we hope you will emerge a stronger player for having been through the trials process.

We offer our congratulation to the boys who have been chosen for this year’s teams and we look forward to working with you when training begins at the start of June. The hard work starts now!

JUNIOR  SQUAD

Mark Matthews
Dylan Boyle
Cian Gantley
Callum McVeigh
Jacob Collins
Kris Cowan
Bailey Locke
Aidan Steele
Aaron Brown
Ross Hunter
Eoin Taggart
Ben McMorris
Benjamin Magee
John McGivern
Naseem Ouldhamlat
George Tipton
Ben Hollinger
Ryan Dalzell

PREMIER SQUAD

Scott Pengelly
Malachy Smith
Jamie Glover
Adam McAleenan
James McCarthy
Jack Henderson
Tom Mathieson
Matthew Lee
Callum Ferris
Adam Carroll
Dean Truesdale
Ruari O’Hare
Daniel Smith
Cai Gemmell
Ross Weatherup
Joseph Shevlin
Jack Conlon
Matty Anderson

New squads welcomed at Parents Night

Our 2017 intake of players got their introduction to what will be involved in representing Down at this year’s SuperCupNI on Thursday night.

Our Parents Night was hosted by one of our principle sponsors The Stables Groomsport where a full turnout of this year’s Junior and Premier squads, along with their parents heard just what to expect between now and the start of the tournament in July.

The boys were addressed by committee Chairman Paul O’Kane as well as Premier manager John Bailie while former Down player and current Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew was along to pass on his experience of twice playing in the tournament.

The focus now shifts to an intensive training schedule which we hope will place our boys in great shape to compete on the north coast in a little over two months’ time.

Thank you to Pallas Foods – Platinum Sponsor

 

We are delighted to announce that we will have the support of Pallas Foods for this year’s tournament. The Pallas Foods logo will feature on our team shirts, as one of our main sponsors.

Distributing from their base in Limerick, Pallas Foods procure, market, sell & distribute food and non-food products throughout the island of Ireland, to anywhere where people eat food outside the home.

Learn more about them at www.pallasfoods.com