Updated: 28/02/17 : 06:22:35Printable Version
Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday are the stand-out entrants for the inaugural Sligo Super Cup, an elite under-12 tournament which will be staged at Sligo Showgrounds on the May Bank Holiday weekend, April 28th-30th.Joining the UK pair in the tournament organised in association with Sligo Rovers and the Sligo/Leitrim Youths League will be Linfield, Club Northern Ireland, Dublin&District Schoolboys League (DDSL), North Dublin District League (NDSL), the Mayo League and hosts Sligo/Leitrim.
“Bringing elite young footballers from across Ireland and the UK to compete in Sligo over three hectic days of top quality football is a major undertaking. Having Celtic involved, in light of the club’s deeply rooted connections with Sligo, is a major boost and will add excitement and glamour to what promises to be a real festival of underage football”, says Tournament Director, Packie Lynch.
Celtic are delighted to be involved, particularly as one of their under-12 team coaches is John McStay, son of legendary Sligo Rovers manager, Willie McStay, who guided the club to an unprecedented treble of trophies in 1994. He will be guest of honour at the tournament.Brian Meehan, Celtic’s Academy Operations Manager, reports that the young Celtic players are looking forward to their trip to the home county of the Marist Brother who founded the club.
“Everyone at Celtic is fully aware of the historic Sligo connection. We send our young teams to many tournaments, but this one is a bit special because of that shared history. We’re really excited about this trip”, he says.
The draw for the group stages is being hosted by Mayor, Clr. Marie Casserly, at City Hall this Friday evening, with OceanFM
broadcasting the proceedings live from 6pm. The Ballymote Memorial to Brother Walfrid Kerins, founder of Celtic