Premiership champions send U-15s to Umbro Cup

At the launch of the Umbro Galway Cup were (l-r): Salthill Devon u14 players James Pope, Liam Power, Mark Walsh, Paddy Donoghue, Gabriel Dossen, Bryan Ndego, and Evan Murphy. Also pictured is: NUI Galway president, Dr Jim Browne; Róisín Buckley, general manager, Corrib Village; and Ollie Daniels, chairman, Salthill Devon.

At the launch of the Umbro Galway Cup were (l-r): Salthill Devon u14 players James Pope, Liam Power, Mark Walsh, Paddy Donoghue, Gabriel Dossen, Bryan Ndego, and Evan Murphy. Also pictured is: NUI Galway president, Dr Jim Browne; Róisín Buckley, general manager, Corrib Village; and Ollie Daniels, chairman, Salthill Devon.

Premier League winners Manchester City will be sending a youth team to this year’s Umbro Galway Cup. This prestigious underage soccer competition is now in its eighth year and almost 50 teams from nine countries will be in attendance.

The tournament consists of five sections; the 1995 Cup, the 1997 Elite, 1997 Boys, 1999 Boys, and 1999 Elite. There will be 120 matches over the course of four days at Salthill Devon FC’s home ground, Drom Soccer Park.

Manchester City’s u-15 Academy team will not be the only draw at this competition. The 1997 Boys’ Elite competition will provide spectactors with some standout matches. Kicking off at 10.40am on Wednesday, August 8, the Republic of Ireland will face Aberdeen. Later on, Dynamo Moscow will square off against Norwegian club Valerenga at 11.50am. At 1pm, the Premier League reprenstatives, Manchester City, will take on Israeli club Maccabi Haifa. This promises to be an exciting and fast-paced encounter. The only scheduled Irish game against Manchester City will take place on Thursday August 9 at 10.40am, when St Kevin’s Boys of Dublin meet the English side.

Tournament director, Denis Burke, said he was delighted to welcome Manchester City to the competition.

“This is another exciting announcement that we’re over the moon to be able to make,” he said. “In spite of our relative youth, teams of the calibre of Manchester City’s U-15 Academy squad now see our tournament as an ideal platform for their young players to develop and grow. We welcome them and are excited to see them in action.”

The event runs from Wednesday August 8 to Saturday August 11. Passes for the event cost €20 for adults and €10 for children. Day passes are also available, costing €6 for adults and €3 for children. All passes are available at the gate. For more information on the Umbro Galway Cup and a full listing of teams competing in the event, visit www.galwaycup.com or call Denis Burke on 087 7442 877.

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