City gears up for Youth Cup kick-off
The official launch of the Belfast Youth Cup took place this week at Belfast City Hall with the Lord Mayor of Belfast, councillor Pat Convery, Sports Minister Nelson McCausland MLA, IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson and IFA President Raymond Kennedy in attendance.
The fourth annual Belfast Youth Cup will take place on Saturday, August 21, at the Grove Playing Fields from 10am to 6pm with 16 competing youth teams taking part.
Last year’s cup winners, Cliftonville FC, will be looking to hold onto their crown, having defeated Linfield 1-0 in last year’s final and following that success up with their IFA Youth League title.
Co-organisers of the event, Newington FC & Crusaders FC, have been drawn together in the same group as last year’s cup finalists Linfield.
Newington FC, having secured promotion this year to the IFA Youth League Section A, will be aiming to get further than last year’s plate semi final defeat to winners Lisburn Distillery.
Last year’s plate finalists, Lisburn Distillery and Carrick Rangers, have been pitched together with Glentoran FC and Newry City FC in Group D, with some mouth-watering group games.
“This year’s event promises to be a fantastic festival of football based on last year’s experience and I would appeal to the public to come along and enjoy the event this year” said Bernard Thompson, event co-ordinator.
“I would also like to thank Belfast City Council for their fantastic financial support once again, and I wish all the participating teams the very best of luck for the competition.”
This year the event will also be supported by Football for All (IFA) with a theme of “Love Football, Hate Bigotry” with both north Belfast-based clubs Newington FC and Crusaders FC working together to promote community relations and aiming to build bridges between their local communities.
This event is one of many projects between the two clubs in helping to bring North Belfast forward in unity.