The Waterford players and management celebrate after their FAI Inter League Youths Cup Final win over Limerick at Market’s Field earlier this year. They begin the defence of their crown this Saturday in Wexford.
UMBRO FAI INTER LEAGUE YOUTH TROPHY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – WEXFORD LEAGUE V WATERFORD LEAGUE
FERRYCARRIG PARK – KICK OFF: 2PM
The Waterford Inter League Youth squad will put the defence of the title that they won last season with victory against the Limerick District League on the line this weekend when Anthony Brown’s side make the trip to Ferrycarrig Park to take on the Wexford League in their first game.
It was a brilliant achievement last year when the league ended a 22-year wait by winning the famed title and they’ll be looking for more of the same this season. Brown’s squad have been drawn in a group alongside Wexford, Cork and the Limerick Desmond League.
After a number of trials, the final squad was confirmed at the end of last month and since then they have been preparing for this opening fixture that will take place on the second pitch at Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday afternoon with the game set to kick-off at 2pm.
There are seven clubs represented in a squad of 23 players but the Waterford manager has also opened the door that other players could be called upon if they become available later in the season as was the case when winning the competition last season.
Tramore lead the way with eight players in the squad and this will come as no real surprise after the seaside club won the FAI Under 17 cup last season with many of the players including captain of that winning team Lee Kavanagh playing a massive role in that National success.
WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE
Villa have five players in the squad including Cameron Power, who has really come into his own in recent months, while Dungarvan United have four players involved with Danny Reynolds, who was part of the squad last season named again this season.
Reynolds, Darragh Wall and Favour Eddy tasted the action when Waterford won the title against Limerick with Wall also on the scoresheet in a thrilling 3-1 success. Alex Phelan, who is scoring goals for Bohemians in the O’Neill’s Premier League is one of three Bohemians players named along with Robin Brophy and Abbey Yusuf.
Carrick’s Billy O’Connor, Piltown’s Conor Whittle and Johnville’s Anthony Brown are also included in the Waterford setup that will be hoping to get off to a winning start against a Wexford side that are sure to pose a massive threat especially on home ground.
Waterford are sure to be fine-tuned ahead of the trip to Ferrycarrig Park and there’s no doubting that, on paper, they have a squad that are more than capable of putting up a brave bid to retaining the title. We wish them well and let’s hope that they get off to a winning start this weekend.
Bohemians: Robin Brophy, Alex Phelan, Abbey Yusuf.
Carrick United: Billy O’Connor
Dungarvan United: Kian Cliffe, Gary Crotty, Danny Reynolds, Dylan Swales.
Johnville: Anthony Brown.
Piltown: Conor Whittle,
Tramore: Conor Butler, Tom Carney, Favour Eddy, Lee Kavanagh, Luke Kervick, Dan Morrissey, Kieran Sadey, Darragh Wall.
Villa: David Daniels, Perparim Gashi, James Kennedy, Shane O’Neill, Cameron Power.