Updated: 15/04/18 : 10:28:12
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Sligo Super Cup Draw

The cream of young talent from across Ireland and the UK will assemble in Sligo next month for an unique three-day festival of youth football.

Hosted by Sligo Rovers and the Sligo/Leitrim Schoolboys Leagues, with the full backing of the SFAI,   the Sligo Super Cup has attracted top academies such as Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday alongside Ipswich Town, Chesterfield, District Schoolboys League(holders), Glenavon, Mayo League and the locals, Sligo/Leitrim.

The local team face a tough but exciting challenge as they have been drawn alongside Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Glenavon in the group stages.

With four teams in each of two qualifying groups, the programme includes sixteen matches across three action-packed days, kicking off at Sligo Showgrounds on Friday night, May 4th.

Their opening tie will be against Derby County at 8.30 on the Friday night on the Showgrounds main pitch. On the following day, they will face Sheffield Wednesday at 12 noon and Glenavon at 4 p.m., both at the Sean Fallon Centre.

The teams in the other group are Ipswich Town, Mayo League, Chesterfield and the DDSL, which should make for some very competitive and attractive games across the three days.

The winners of the respective groups will contest the final on the Sunday morning.

'Learning experience'

Sligo Rovers Manager, Ger Lyttle, who officiated at the draw alongside Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Clr.Seamus Kilgannon,  tournament, has told how important these tournaments are for the development of young players.

“It’s a terrific opportunity for our local players to pit their wits against some top professional academies. It will be a learning experience for them and they will make memories which they will take through their lives.

“With our own under-age structures now firmly established at the club, there is every chance that some of the young lads taking part in this tournament will one day go on to play for Sligo Rovers or even beyond. They have to dream big, and these sorts of tournaments can kick-start those dreams,” Lyttle said.

The excitement is not confined to Sligo, however. Derby County, whose top academy directors have already spent two days here assessing facilities and accommodation, have reported that a group of 70 supporters will be visiting Sligo for the tournament, and other participants are expecting to bring similar levels of support.

The tournament, therefore, provides a great showcase for facilities at the Showgrounds and the attractions of Sligo generally.