Monthly Archives: May 2017

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.

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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

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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!


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


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

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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.

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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

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Thank you to The Stables Groomsport – Platinum Sponsor

We are delighted to announce Stables Groomsport as one of our main sponsors for the 2017 SuperCupNI tournament. The Stables will be the shirt sponsors for one of our sides when they take the field at this summer’s tournament.

Set in a beautiful part of coastal north Down, The Stables restaurant and function suites presents a great place to have a drink and enjoy tasty, well-cooked food.

We’d like to thank The Stables management for giving their support to our 2017 squads.

Find them at 26 Main Street, Groomsport and at

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Ex-Down players dominate cup winning side

Former Down player Andrew Waterworth was the cup final hero on Saturday as his Linfield team lifted the Tennent’s Irish Cup.

Andrew netted a hat-trick against Coleraine to win the cup, just as he had done last week against Cliftonville when Linfield secured the Danske Bank Premiership title.

After the game all eyes were then on another ex-Down player Jamie Mulgrew, who as skipper of Linfield had the honour of lifting the cup. His manager David Healy, along with Mark Haughey, Jimmy Callagher, Cameron Stewart and Aaron Burns were other former players to pick up a winners’ medal on Saturday.

Well done to all.

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Squad selections to be made soon

Over the past number of weeks hundreds of boys have tried out for this year’s teams and our managers are now putting together their provisional squads.

We’d like to say thanks to everyone who attended a trial and hopefully we will be in touch with you soon.

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