Foyle Cup chiefs eye bright future after football festival ends
Foyle Cup tournament organiser Michael Hutton is already looking forward to next year's tournament with confidence after all records were smashed during last week's successful tournament on the banks of the Foyle.
The curtain came down on the 26th annual festival of football on Saturday afternoon at the Brandywell witnessing the conclusion of over 400 teams playing 1,500 matches with record viewing attendances recorded.
Speaking after the final whistle a very proud tournament organiser Michael Hutton said he was 'over the moon' with the way things went throughout the six day tournament and was delighted to see so many Scottish clubs do very well across the board.
'Roll on 2019! That's the biggest ever Foyle Cup this year. Over 400 teams took part and with 1,500 games successfully concluded with today's finals wrapped up. I'm delighted with the way things went. I'm delighted with the fact we had a total of 16 teams from Europe and the US taking part and I'm specifically delighted with the success of Irish and local clubs in reaching finals of this year's competitions. And I might note, it's great to see teams from Scotland taking home so many of this year's trophies.'
Mr. Hutton also paid tribute to the many organisations, individuals and groups who make the tournament such a success and said he was looking forward to securing more funding for next year's event.
'I also want to say a big thank you to our sponsors who make all this happen, and all those volunteers who make the Foyle Cup work, make it the success it is and always pull out the stops every year to not only sustain the quality but improve and build"
Saturday saw finals in the u-12, u-13, u-14 and u-16s concluded with Scottish clubs Hibernians and Hearts happy winners and Belfast side Cliftonville lifting the under 12 title beating Donegal Schoolboys convincingly 3-0 in the opening final.
Results round-up: Girls u-11 - Linfield FC 3, Crusaders Strikers A 1; Girls u-9 Linfield Girls 2, Donegal WL 2, Linfield win 3-1 penalties; Girls u-13, Ballymoney United 2, Crusaders Strikers 0; u-9 Dungannon 4, Magherafelt Schoolboys 1; u-10, St. Oliver Plunkett YC 2, Hamilton Academicals 0; u-11 Inishowen Youth 2, Ballinamallard 0; u-15 Derry City FC 0, Patrick 0, Partick win 2-1 penalties; u-17 Altrincham 0, Derry City 2; u-19, Derry City FC 3, Trojans FC 0; u-12 Cliftonville 3, Donegal Schoolboys 0; u-13 Global Premier Soccer 1, Sheffield United 2; u-14 Hibernians 1, St. Oliver Plunkett YC 0; u-16 Hearts 6, Trojans 0.