Fota Island Resort FAI Gaynor Tournament to kick-off

Gaynor Tournament preview

Fota Island Resort FAI Gaynor Tournament to kick-off

The premier showcase of Irish women’s underage football kicks-off on Saturday when the first weekend of the Fota Island Resort FAI Gaynor Tournament takes place in Limerick.
30th May 2019

Twenty Under-13 teams from across the country will gather at the University of Limerick to compete in the prestigious tournament that has been running for two decades.

The Under-15 competition will take place from June 28 to 30 at the same venue, along with the Under-12 contest. 

Results in the qualifying rounds of the tournament decided how the teams would be seeded for the draw, which took place in Limerick on May 1.

The initial group games get going at 10.30am on Saturday morning and continue through to Sunday. Five different finals are set for the afternoon of bank holiday Monday, culminating in the prestigious Gaynor Cup being contested at 1.30pm.

Speaking at the launch of the Gaynor Tournament, FAI Women’s Football Committee chairperson Niamh O’Donoghue discussed the importance of the role of the tournament in the development of female footballers in Ireland.

She said: “I am very proud to be involved in the Fota Island Resort FAI Gaynor Tournament. It is a tournament with a proud tradition and we are all very much looking forward to this year’s competition at the University of Limerick, which is a fantastic venue. The tournament has been on the go now, in one form or another, for 20 years and in that time it has gone from strength-to-strength.”

The fixtures for the first round of group games, which take place at 10.30am on Saturday morning are:
MGL South v Waterford
Midlands v Limerick County
MGL North v Mayo
South Tipperary v Wexford
Longford v NECSL
Clare v Kerry

While at 12noon, the following fixtures will take place:
Sligo/Leitrim v North Tipperary
Inishowen v Galway
Cork v Kildare
Limerick Desmond v Donegal