2018 Sligo Super Cup Draw
Always regarded as a heartland of soccer, Sligo breaks new frontiers next month when the cream of young talent from across Ireland and the UK will assemble here for an unique three-day festival of youth football.
The soccer stars of the future will be parading their skills in a highly competitive and thoroughly entertaining manner as elite players from eight top academies compete for the second annual Sligo Super Cup at the Showgrounds from May 4th-6th.
Hosted by Sligo Rovers and the Sligo/Leitrim Schoolboys Leagues, with the full backing of the SFAI, the u-12 tournament has attracted heavy hitters such as Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday alongside Ipswich Town, Chesterfield, District Schoolboys League(holders), Glenavon, Mayo League and the locals, Sligo/Leitrim.
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.
The draw, hosted by Cathaoirleach, Sligo County Council, Clr. Seamus Kilgannon, and attended by our manager, Gerard Lyttlle and players, Gary Boylan and Regan Donelon, has paired the local Sligo/Leitrim team with Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Glenavon in Group B.
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 Group A are Ipswich Town, Mayo League, Chesterfield and the DDSL, which should make for some very competitive and attractive games across the three days.
Manager, Ger Lyttle, who was highly impressed with the standard of football at last year’s tournament, has wished the local team every success this year.
“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 our facilities here at the Showgrounds and the attractions of Sligo generally.
We are delighted to be involved with such a positive and professionally run project.