The Foyle Cup coaches rolled back the years on Wednesday morning to claim the bragging rights in their much anticipated challenge game with the Clipper Crews XI at the Brandywell.
First half goals from Stephen Harley and Mark Duddy laid the foundations for the win that was less comfortable than the scoreline suggested as a second from Duddy after the break and a brace from Kevin Kelly made sure of the win.
Striker Namo Aantea earned Clipper a consolation goal from the spot in the second half but the result was secondary to the opportunity to celebrate two internationally renound events taking place in the city this week.
Foyle Cup Coaches: 5
Clipper Crews XI: 1
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, congratulated both teams for taking time out of their busy schedule to take part in the occasion.
“I was delighted that we were able to mark the fact the Foyle Maritime Festival and the Foyle Cup are taking place concurrently this week with this game,” he said. “There has been a fantastic buzz around the city in recent days and it has been great to see the participants from the Foyle Cup down on the quay in their tracksuits and soaking up the atmosphere.
“I know it is a busy week for everyone involved so congratulations to the players, referees and supporters for taking time out of their schedule to take part.
“Well done to the Foyle Cup coaches on their win and good luck to everyone involved for the remainder of their events – perhaps a sailing rematch on the Foyle would be a chance for the Clipper Crews to even up the score!”
Michael Hutton, Foyle Cup Chairman, extended his congratulations to both teams.
“We were delighted to accept the invitation of the game from Clipper, it’s a nice way to celebrate the fact that two major events are being held in the city in the same week.
“I would like to an extend an invitation to anyone who is in the city for the Foyle Maritime Festival to come along to our games this week and I’m sure there our teams and supporters will take advantage of the chance to enjoy both festivals.”
This year’s Foyle Cup runs until Saturday July 21st and is set to be the biggest yet with over 400 teams and 6,500 participants taking part and over 90,000 spectators expected to attend the games.
Full fixture details are available on the club’s website and supporters can also stay up to date with results and venues through the tournament app.
Foyle Maritime Festival
The Foyle Maritime Festival runs until Sunday 22nd July 2018, to help alleviate congestion caused by the higher volume of traffic in the city centre during the festival, the public are urged to familiarise themselves with the traffic and travel section of the website for full details of public transport, car parking and park and ride arrangements.
The Festival boasts a packed programme with highlights including a Voyages Showcase Event and Fireworks on Friday July 20th and a Parade of Sail on Sunday July 22nd where the festival will bid farewell to the Clipper Race yachts as they depart for the final stage of their epic journey around the world.
Mayor Welcomes New Stand at Greenisland Football Club
Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston along with Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andrew Wilson and Cllr Bobby Hadden visited Greenisland Football Club to see the commencement of the works to provide a new 128-seater spectator stand and turnstiles, which will bring the grounds up to meet Intermediate League status requirements.
Mid and East Antrim Council in partnership with Greenisland Football Club have been working together to deliver this new stand. Through working in partnership, the club have been able to secure £45,000 of external funding and along with a contribution from the club Council are contributing £35,000 to deliver the £90,000 spectator stand.
Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston said: Once again, I would like to pay tribute to Greenisland Football Club and in particular the time and commitment that the club members put into progressing this project.
“As a Council, we have been delighted to help fund a portion of this work and to enable the vision and objectives of the club to be met.
“Greenisland Football Club are a fantastic club and it is no surprise that they have recently been recognised from UEFA as one of the top grass roots football clubs in Europe.”
Mervyn Montgomery, Greenisland Football Club said: “We are indebted to the on-going support of our External Funders and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, to enable us to build upon the existing facilities at Greenisland and to develop further our Community Sports Programs and Longer Terms Plans for the Club.”
This new stand will further enhance the major investment Mid and East Antrim Council made in 2018 through the delivery of a new 3G facility on the back of £100,000 of funding the club secured from SportNI.
The Club and Council had also secured external funding to upgrade the grass pitches, which are owned by the Council, in 2018 at a cost of £50,000.
Mid and East Antrim Council are committed to working with all groups within the borough to ensure that our ratepayers and residents have top class facilities which will improve their quality of life and their health and well-being.
Irish Football Association Skills Programmes Helping the Community
Economy Minister Diane Dodds has praised the work of the Irish Football Association in helping build the skills base of the local community.
The Minister met with community outreach staff from the IFA and heard about the work of the IFA Foundation, which has helped thousands of young people acquire a range of accredited qualifications since it was established in 2017.
The Minister said: “The IFA Foundation does excellent work in the local community building the skills base of young people. The Foundation helps young people attain vocational qualifications that not only make them more employable, but also boost their confidence and desire to potentially go on and study for more qualifications in future.
“This in turn embeds a culture of lifelong learning in young people. I know the IFA Foundation is keen to further build on their work by introducing apprenticeships and they have begun engaging with my Department to explore how this might be achieved.”
Keith Gibson, Acting Director of the Irish FA Foundation, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome Minister Dodds to the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park to discuss our employability programmes.
“We also talked about our vision for engaging young people, including the possibility of introducing apprenticeships at the Irish Football Association.”