FAI Junior Cup Quarter Finals draw made
The captains of this year’s FAI Junior Cup quarter finalists, gathered at the Aviva Stadium today to get a glimpse of what might await them on the 17th May, when the final will be held at the venue for the third year.
There to welcome them was Kevin Kilbane, former Ireland International and Aviva FAI Junior Cup Ambassador and also present were representatives of the two sponsors, Aviva and Umbro. The Quarter Final draw takes place this evening and among the teams competing are last year’s winners, St. Michael’s FC from Tipperary and Sheriff YC, who won back to back FAI Junior Cups in 2012 and 2013.
They are joined by Sligo’s City United, North End United from Wexford, Dublin side Donnycarney FC, Clonmale Celtic from Tipperary and Limerick’s Moyross United. Quarter Final hopefuls Nenagh Celtic and Liffey Wanderers will also be in the draw as they have yet to complete their last 16 tie.
It was also announced that there will be television coverage of all seven remaining matches, from the Quarter Finals through to the Final across Setanta Sports, TG4 and Irish TV.
Kevin Kilbane, Aviva FAI Junior Cup Ambassador, said; “Many players can only dream of playing in this stadium but for the remaining teams in the competition, this is now a very real possibility. They are two matches away from walking out here in front of their friends family, and supporters on the 17th May. These clubs are now getting a top quality platform so let’s hope they can provide some great games on the Road to the Aviva over the coming months.”
Teresa McCabe, President, FAI Junior Council, said; “The FAI Junior Cup continues to go from strength to strength every year thanks to the support of Aviva and Umbro. It’s fantastic for the clubs to be here at the Aviva Stadium today. For them to have the possibility of playing in a stadium that many professional footballers will never experience is great for Junior Soccer in Ireland.”
Robert Kennedy, Head of Sales and Trading, Aviva Ireland, said; “Aviva is delighted to be involved in the FAI Junior Cup for this our third year. In the past two seasons we have watched the competition grow in stature and it’s great to see how the players now attach a real prestige to the competition. It was really important for us to listen to what Junior football wanted and we expect that the competition will be even more exciting for all the players, clubs and fans this year. TV coverage from Quarter Finals right through to the Final at the Stadium will help raise the profile of the clubs and players as well as showcasing everything that is great about Junior football in Ireland.”
Fixtures are as follows:
Clonmel Celtic (Tipperary) v City United (Sligo)
Sheriff YC (Dublin) v St. Michael's FC (Tipperary)
Moyross United (Limerick) v North End United (Wexford)
Liffey Wanderers (Dublin) or Nenagh Celtic (Tipperary) v Donnycarney FC (Dublin)
Ties to be played the 21st / 22nd March 2015