Highlights from the semi-finals of the FAI Junior Cup with Aviva and Umbro, Europe’s largest domestic non-league soccer competition, will be broadcast on Irish TV on Tuesday, May 5th in a primetime slot of 9pm.
The country’s four best junior sides met at venues in Tipperary and Wexford, vying for a spot in the final at the Aviva Stadium on May 17th.
Cooke Park, home of last year’s winners St Michael’s, hosted the last-four meeting of first-time semi-finalists Clonmel Celtic and twice-recent winners Sheriff YC of Dublin.
Meanwhile, Wexford Youths’ Ferrycarrig Park was the venue for North End United versus Liffey Wanderers.
There will be extended highlights of both ties with commentary from Bernard O’Toole and Alan Cawley, hosted by Ger Treacy, in the Irish Sports Network production.
Speaking about the competition, 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. 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.”
Irish TV can be found on Sky 191, Freesat 400, eVision 191, free to air boxes with a live stream online at http://www.irishtv.ie/