Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane has hailed the prestigious Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup tournament as a ‘massive opportunity’ for local footballers to showcase their talents, whilst being watched by visiting scouts from English and Scottish Premiership clubs.
Commenting at the official launch of the 2015 international youth competition at City Hotel tonight, the ex-Republic of Ireland international stated he believed the tournament can become an excellent pathway into professional football for local players.
“It’s a massive honour for me to be asked to launch this tournament,” said Kilbane.
“I know of the importance of this event to so many young footballers from all over Ireland and the part it has played in developing young players for International teams North and South.
“Young footballers in Ireland need a stage like this in order to show people what they can do and highlight their talents.
“Taking part in the Foyle Cup gives them the chance to show scouts from England and Scotland that they have the potential to play at a higher level. So it’s a massive opportunity for the young lads.
“I know how highly former colleagues of mine in the Republic of Ireland international team feel about this event as it was their passport into international football – players such as Robbie Keane, John O’Shea, Liam Millar, Andy Reid, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland, Damien Duff, to name but a few.”
The group draw for the Foyle Cup, which takes place throughout the North West from July 20th to 25th is as follows.
Under 9 - Group A - Oxford Utd; Tristar Colts; Culmore; Coleraine; Illistrin and Corinthians; Group B - Tristar; Bright Stars; Killea; Bertie Peacock YL; Eastdon and Buncrana Hearts. Group C - Trojans; Sion Swifts; Maiden City; Roe Valley; Drumkeen Utd and Moville Celtic. Group D - Eglinton Eagles; Strabane Ath; Oxford Utd Colts; Ballinamallard; Kilmac Academy and Cardndonagh.
Under 10 - Group A - Oxford; Lifford Celtic; FS EastDon Colts; Ballymoney Utd; Shankill Y and Ballymoor FC. Group B - Oak Ath; Letterkenny R; Glentoran Acad; Ballyjamesduff; Ballyraine and St Patricks. Group C - Bright Stars; Coleraine; FS Eastdon; Maiden City Acad; Collin Valley and Cardonagh. Group D - Trojans; Clonmany Sh; Ballinamallard; Kilmac Acad; Oliver Pkt Colts and Aileach. Group E - Eglinton Eagles; Culmore; Portrush; Redcastle Utd; Oliver Pkt Swifts and Buncrana Hearts. Group F - Clooney Soc Scls; Carniny Y; Dergview; Buncrana Hearts B; Cockhill Celtic and Aileach Colts. Group G - Sion Swifts; Foyle Harps; Doyle; Magherafelt Skyblues; B Peacock YL and Quigley PS. Group H - Tristar; Roe Valley; Lagan Harps; Oliver Pkt; Don Boscos and Moville Celtic.
Under 11 - Group A - Inishowen Y L; Analong R; Ballinamallard; Oliver Pkt; Clooney Soc Scl and Tristar; Group B - Ballymoor; NArds & Dist; Sth Donegal Sboys; Rosario; Ballymena Utd and Oak Athletic. Group C - B Peacock YL; FS Eastdon; Peamount Utd; Sion Swifts; Glenavon and Strathroy H. Group D - Roe Valley; Cappry R; CYFC; Kildrum; Oliver Pkt and Strabane Ath. Group E - Phoenix; Glentoran Acad A; Lagan Harps; Collin Valley; Foyle Harps and Oxford. Group F - Ardoyne; Limavady Utd; Glencar Sboys; Top Of Hill Celtic; Magerafelt Sky Bl and Milford Utd. Group G - Bt Stars; Stormont; Coleraine; Ballybofey Utd; Ardoyne Whites and Institute. Group H - Ballymoney; Maiden City Acad; Shankill Y; Killea; Don Boscos and Carniny Y.
Under 12 - Group A - Dungannon Swifts; Sligo/Leitrim YL; Institute and B Peacock YL. Group B - Armagh City; Waterford Sboys; Oliver Pkt and Sth Donegal Sboys. Group C - Donegal Sboys; Ballinamallard; Roe Valley and Foyle Harps. Group D - Peamount Utd; Maiden City Acad; illsboro Boys and Limavady Utd. Group E - Glenavon; NDSL; Inishowen YL and Trojans FC. Group F - Coleraine; Letterkenny R; Ardstaw and Partick Thistle. Group G - Derry Colts; East Donegal Y; Rosario and Magherafelt Sky Blues Group H - Ballymoney Utd; Letterkenny Utd; Strabane Ath and Oliver Plunkett Colts.
Under 13 - Group A - Coleraine; Arklow Town; Inishowen YL and Oliver Pkt FC. Group B - Institute; Donegal Sboys; Strathroy Harps and Ballymoney Utd. Group C - Lifford Celtic; Carniny Y; Mid Ulster YL and Killen R. Group D - Finn Harps; Carnmoney Y; Trojans and Waterford Sboys. Group E - Derry Colts; Hillsboro Boys; St Mary’s and Carrick R.
Under 14 - Group A - Hearts; Glenavon; Maiden City Acad and Finn Harps. Group B - Celtic FC; Inishowen YL; Oliver Pkt; B Peacock YL. Group C - Institute; Derry Colts; St Mary’s and Strathroy Harps. Group D - Coleraine F; Donegal Sboys; Ballymoor and Ardstraw. Group E - Limavady Utd; Ards; Ballycastle Utd and Dergview. Group F - Strabane Ath; Oliver Pkt Colts; Roe Valley and Oxford.
Under 15 - Group A - Norwich City; Glenavon; Donegal Sboys and Oliver Pkt. Group B - Finn Harps; Sion Swifts; Limavady Utd and Draperstown Celtic. Group C - Coleraine; Inishowen YL; Trojans and Crusaders. Group D - Institute; Newry City; Maiden City Acad and B PeacockYL
Under 16 - Group A - F D Suomi; Finn Harps; Institute and Donegal Celtic. Group B - Everton America; Inishowen YL; Ballycastle Y and Trojans. Group C - Coleraine; Donegal Sboys; Strabane Ath and Ballymoor. Group D - Derry Colts; Willowbank; Portrush and Loughside.
Under 17 - Group A - Derry City; Hillsborough Boys; Carryduff Colts and Craigavon/Loughside. Group B - Rampo Valley; Culmore; Carniny Y and Kildrum. Group C - Institute; Foyle Harps; Hollingbury Hawks and Willowbank.
Under 19 - Group A - Derry City; Ballyjamesduff; Letterkenny R and Killen Rangers. Group B - Institute; Ballymoor; Willowbank and Finn Harps. Group C - Motherwell; Ashgrove R; Killarney Ath and Inishowhen YL
Ladies: Section A - Killen R; Illies Celtic; Sion Swifts and Foyle Belles. Section B - Derry City; Roe Valley; G/castle Ladies and Lagan Harps.
Girls U11 - Section A - Foyle Belles; FSEast Don and Ballymoney Utd. Section B - Albert Foundry; Donegal Womens League and Sion Swifts.
Girls U13 - Section A - Sion Swifts; Greencastle Ladies; Bangor Ladies; Donegal Women League A and Inishowen Girls A. Section B - Foyle Belles; St Patrick Cderg; Coleraine; Donegal Women League B and Inishowen Girls B.