Foyle Cup a successful venture for Ballyclare

THE Foyle Cup 2009 proved to be both a progressive and successful venture for Ballyclare Comrades F.C.

The club's manager, Gordon Chambers, was delighted with the performances of the two representative teams at the U16 and U18 levels. "Once again it has been a privilege for Ballyclare Comrades to be invited to enter teams in this years prestigious Foyle Cup," said Gordon. "This was the second year that we have sent two teams to the tournament and the sixth year in a row that the club has been represented.

"It is a great tournament which attracts teams of high quality and the organisation is top draw and a credit to those involved.

"Our two teams this year have represented the club tremendously with the U18 squad coming 3rd overall in their age group, which is the club's highest finish to date, and this also brought them the honour of finishing the highest Irish league club out of the eight attending at the Foyle cup.

Along with the U18s success the U16 team made it to the final of the Rosebowl competition were they finished runners up to Glentoran who they defeated in their first game of the tournament. Chambers said the experience gained by the players in the two squads will "prove to be invaluable as they progress in football terms and they will have great memories of the Foyle Cup for many years to come".

"We at Ballyclare Comrades see this tournament as a great asset in the progression of young players and one that we hopefully will be able to participate in for many years to come" added Gordon. "I would like to congratulate both sets of players on their success during the week and pass on my gratitude to our U16 staff, Gary Finlay and Joe Hunter, and the club's U18 staff Kinsley Burrows, Michael McWilliams and Stephen Boyd."

Gordon continued: "At Ballyclare Comrades we like to give young players the opportunity to play at the highest level and we are always on the lookout for young players to join us through our youth section. Our youth development section caters for young players from the age of 10(born in 1999) through to U18 (born in 1991) of which we field eight representative teams each Saturday providing opportunities for young players at all ages.

"To provide a progressive and effective development section of this size we are always open to obtaining the services of enthusiastic coaches to add to the high level of coaching staff that we already have within our ranks. So if you are a young player looking to progress your game or a potential coach who would like to get involved with a progressive Irish Championship League club please make contact with myself at Dixon Park or call me on 07810183017."