Northend United Youth FC prepare to host Slemish Cup

Northend United's highly successful youth football tournament, the Slemish Cup, will take place this Saturday at Ballymena Showgrounds.

The Organising Committee of Northend United Youth's Slemish Cup competition.

The tournament is primarily aimed at the 2006 age group and 24 teams have registered for the tournament in what is expected to be a festival of football from some of the best footballing teams in Northern Ireland.

One team is also travelling from Dublin for what has become a permanent fixture on the youth footballing calendar.

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Tournament organiser, Ally McGarry, commented “Following the success of last year’s tournament, we decided to expand this year’s tournament and are really pleased to be welcoming Shankill Boys from Dublin on their first visit to Ballymena”

In what continues to be a first for Ballymena, twenty four teams, in six 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 and Plate competition.

“We have been working hard on the details behind the scenes” declared McGarry “and plan to make it a day to remember for all.”

For more details please contact Ally on 0777 9005 441.


The U17s recently held their Awards Night at the Adair Arms recently where team manager Stephen White addressed the players and parents in attendance and thanked them for their commitment and dedication during the year.

Awards were presented as follows:

Best Newcomer - Josh Lowry; Most improved - Owen Dick; Clubman - Jack Dawson; Top Goalscorer - Sam Bennett; Players’ player of the Year Tom Campbell; Player of the Year - Tom Campbell


Northend United are delighted to welcome the Blackburn Rovers Coaching Staff back to the Showgrounds on August 15-16 for the second in the planned series of football skills development workshops.