Northend United Youth announce details of Slemish Cup

Northend United Youth FC have unveiled details for a major youth tournament to be held at the Ballymena Showgrounds next month.

Northend player, Oliver Boyle, at the Irish FA's coaching CPD day, along with former Newcastle United star Jonas Gutierrez.

The Slemish Invitational tournament is initially aimed at the 2006 age group and 16 teams from all over Northern Ireland have registered for the competition, which will take place on Saturday, July 18 at the Warden Street venue.

Tournament organiser, Ally McGarry, commented “With our own 2006 teams attending similar tournaments throughout Northern Ireland and really enjoying themselves, it was felt that the time was right for our Club to host its own tournament.”

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In what is a first for Ballymena, initially sixteen teams, in four groups of four, will compete for the Slemish Invitational Cup in a seven-a-side format. Following the group stages, each team will compete in a Cup, Plate, Shield or Rosebowl competition.

“We intend to make this an annual competition” declared Ally, “and to expand it into other age groups in future years”

For more details please contact Ally on 07779005441.


On-going Coach Development and training continued at the weekend with Northend United’s Brian O’Hara attending the Irish FA’s Continued Professional Development day for B Licence coaches with Coerver Coaching.

Also attending via Coerver was Northend player Ollie Boyle.

With this course coinciding with the IFA’s Coaching Week, both Brian and Ollie had the pleasure of meeting a number of Premiership players.


Northend United are already planning for next season and are holding Open Nights at Eaton Park next week.

The Junior Open Night for 2003s to 2007s will be held on the Tuesday 16th June 6.30pm to 8.30pm, while the Senior Open Night for the 1999’s to 2002s will be held on Wednesday 17th June, again from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

All new players will be most welcome.

Contact numbers for the various coaches are: U7s (2009) John Devlin 07919056834; U8s (2008) Ally McGarry 07779005441; U9s (2007) Alex McDonald 07742239674; U10s (2006) Ally McGarry 07779005441; U11s (2005) Alan Bristow 07736373412; U12s United (2004) Robert Adams 07766257645; U12s Youth (2004) Brian Martin 07760557049; U13s (2003) David Wylie 07792887435; U14s (2002) John Devlin 07919056834; U15s (2001) Brian McCluney 07856071928; U16s (2000) Tony Shaw 07792184089; U17s (1999) Stephen White 07526477273.