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2019 Trials…we hear from the Managers

Over the last number of weeks a series of trials have taken place to help the team of selectors identify the talent to deliver a successful week for the 18 person Junior and Premier squads.

After closing observing the skill sets on offer Junior Squad manager, Gary McAlister, was enthusiastic about his side’s chances noting

“The selectors and I have been very impressed with the talent on show. We had over 100 players to assess over the last 6 weeks and decisions to cut this to 18 have not been easy. We are confident that we have assembled a great squad to compete at this year’s tournament and look forward to Thursday’s draw too see what challenges lie ahead”

John Bailie, Premier Squad Manager, added

“I’ve been very impressed by the standard of player who have attended trials recently. This year there has been a really good blend of 2002 and 2003 age groups and it is very likely that this year’s squad will contain quite a few younger players”.

Moving forward Gary and John will be selecting their final squads, who will then embark in a programme of training sessions and matches to give them every chance of success, with the aim to bring trophies back to County Down.

This year’s tournament kicks off on Sunday 28th July with the Opening Parade & Ceremony and conclude with the Finals on Friday 2nd August, 2019.

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Trials 05 May 2019

Today’s trials have now concluded and it is now time for the coaches to sit down and reflect, with some tough decisions to be made in the days ahead.

Starting of this morning Coach John Bailie and his team took their players through a light training session, before embarking in a game against Friends Academy.

Our boys ran out comprehensive winners, however on this occasion the scoreline played second to giving the players an opportunity to showcase their skills and putting themselves in the frame for one of those all-important places in the final squad.

We would like to thank the players and staff from Friends Academy for assisting in the trial, which is greatly appreciated.

Moving forward into the afternoon and it was the turn of the Juniors to push themselves forward into Coach Gary McAlister’s thoughts.

Split into two teams the trialists performed as we thought they would, showing great determination and exceptional skills, providing great optimism for us to make a firm impression in this year’s STATSport SuperCup NI.

Over the course of the last few weeks there have been numerous players who have given their all to warrant their place in the final squads and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts.

Additionally, to the parents and guardians who have given their time to bring the boys to the trails and stand through the all too familiar Northern Ireland weather, we would like to please on record our gratitude.

Those players selected or do not make the final squads will be notified by letter in due course.

We would like to make it clear at this stage that in accepting a place in the final squad, those players are committed to attend every training session, so that we have every chance of not just performing in the tournament, but winning it.

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Junior Squad Trials update

Trials Sunday 28 Apr 2019

This Sunday sees our Junior Trials take a different form, as the selectors look to narrow numbers down towards the final squad.

36 players will be split into two squads who will compete in two games at Bangor Sportsplex.

  • Game 1 vs Friends Select Academy – 11am Kick off
  • Game 2 vs Beann Mhádagháin FC – 2pm Kick off

Those players involved in these game and the prior trail on 14th April 2019 will be notified after Sunday as to who has made it through to the final stage.

Thank you again to all those who have taken part in trials to date.

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Premier Squad Trials Update

Trials for the 2019 County Down STATSport Super Cup NI Premier squad continue this Sunday ( 28 April 2019) @Bangor Sportsplex from 10-12pm.

Players required to attend will be notified.

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Peninsula Print

On behalf of everyone at County Down STATSport Super Cup NI, can we offer a sincere thank you to Peninsula Print & Design for sponsoring our tracksuit and training gear for this year’s tournament.

Offering a simple mission ‘To provide a highly cost-effective printing service with the very best turnaround times and the added benefit of expert advice’, their website is a must place to visit to get further details on the excellent services they offer.


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Six play in Steel & Sons final

Commiserations to our 2017 players Dean Truesdale, Ruari O’Hare, Adam Carroll, Scott Pengelly, Ross Weatherup and Cai Gemmell who were in the Linfield Swifts squad who lost 1-0 to Newington in this morning’s Steel & Sons Cup final. [Pic: Presseye]

Toals sponsored Steel and Sons cup final between Linfield Swifts and Newington YC at Seaview Belfast.
Linfield Swifts pictured before today’s game
Mandatory Credit /Stephen Hamilton

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Junior Team 2 Swindon Town 2 (Down win 4-3 on penalties)

The Junior team booked their place in Friday’s Bowl final with a penalty shootout win over Swindon Town at Clough.

The Down team had led 2-0 at the break only to be pegged by the English visitors, but a double penalty save by Ryan Dalzell in the shootout sent them on their way to the final.

A great start from Down saw them ahead on seven minutes when Eoin Teggart slipped a pass inside for Aaron Brown, who finished coolly under the goalkeeper.

On 14 minutes it was 2-0 as a long kick out from Dalzell found Aiden Steele high on the left and he cut inside a defender to surprise the keeper with a low shot that crept just inside the post.

In a more than comfortable first half showing, Brown had the luxury of hooking a shot over the crossbar, while the goalkeeper also pushed a shot from Teggart into the side netting. Right on the half time whistle Swindon pulled one back when Christian Rowe thumped into the roof of the net, after Dalzell had made a good initial save.

Swindon upped their game after the break and pulled the match level on 40 minutes. A corner from the right dropped deep inside the Down area and William King was on hand to knock the ball home.

As Down looked for a reply Brown was unlucky with a 47th minute effort that the goalkeeper pushed around his post but the danger was increasing at the other end. With seven minutes left a Swindon free kick from the left was knocked out to the edge of the box from where Shay Edwards cracked the ball against the bar.

With no further goals, the match proceed to penalties with both teams successful from first kicks before Down took a 2-1 lead. That became 3-2 before both teams missed their fourth kicks, setting it up for Aiden Steel to strike home the fifth and book the final place.

TEAM: 19 Ryan Dalzell, 2 Dylan Boyle (capt.), 4 Callum McVeigh, 5 Jacob Collins (7 Bailey Locke, 43), 6 Kris Cowan, 8 Aiden Steele, 9 Aaron Brown, 10 Ross Hunter, 11 Eoin Teggart, 14 Benji Magee (17 George Tipton, 36), 16 Naseem Ouldhamlat. Subs not used: Marc Matthews, Cian Gantley, Ben McMorris, Ben Hollinger

Penalty scorers: Hunter, Tipton, McVeigh, Steele.

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