ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Under-18s)
Altrincham FC Youth play their league and league cup games at a venue to be confirmed for 2017-18
FA Youth Cup games are played at Moss Lane. Altrincham & District FA games are usually held at Trafford FC, Shawe View.
Paul Fay, manager of Altrincham FC Youth, has updated us on his team's participation in competitions in Northern Ireland...
"Having just returned back from Ireland, We would like to give an overview of the week! The U11s travelled over to Belfast on Friday 14th July to play in the Taggart Memorial Cup tournament which was held at Rathmore school on Saturday.
The U11s won their group and went through to the semi-finals to play St Patrick's and they won through to the final, playing some lovely football, versus Oliver Plunkett. The match witnessed a display of good passing from both teams and the match remained goalless until the 20th minute when Plunkett took the lead. They went two-up with five minutes to go when Altrincham Reds scored but, unfortunately, time ran out and the match ended up with Plunkett as champions.
The same morning the U12/13s and the U16/17s flew in. Both teams played games in Belfast v St Mary's and County Antrim respectively. All three squads went for dinner at a local restaurant, Goodfellas, before the U11s left for the airport and the other squads went to the hotel for a much needed rest.
The lads outside Goodfellas, Belfast.
Above: At the City Hotel in Derry
Sunday morning saw the coach-load of players depart Belfast and was Derry-bound to compete in the Foyle Cup.
The U13s' group opponents comprised Maiden City Academy, Donegal Schools and Cabinteeley FC.
The U16/17s, competing in the U19 group, had Foyle Harps, Newbuildings FC and Institute FC as their opponents. The younger group won the quarter-finals of the Shield but took a defeat in the semis, leaving them to compete in the play-off for 3rd/4th place, with great success, finishing third.
Both groups had a tough draw but Altrincham continued to compete well and play some excellent football at times. The older group reached the final of the Foyle Shield and won it.
There are a few people I would like thank for helping to support and organise the trip, including the training sessions for the six weeks leading up to it. Firstly, I would like to thank Sara Newton for the work she put into the trip to make sure everything was organised for the players and coaches! I also want to thank Neil Tolson, Graham Houghton and Aine Conway for all their hard work throughout the week, as well as Grahame and Karen Rowley, Paul Woolley, Sale Grammar School, Bells Gym for all the fitness sessions, Partington Sports Village, Manchester United, Bangor City Academy, Springhead FC, Southport FC, Altrincham FC Reserves, Altrincham Juniors U14 and 12s, Terry Flannagan and referees, Green Hot Clover, SK Kits, Cartwright Group, PFI signs, Paul Raftery, 3q Sports, Aquinas FC - Noel McKee, Rathmore Grammar School, Dunmurray Rec, Anthony Walsh,Co Antrim, St Mary's, Doyle FC, St Pats FC, ,St Oliver Plunkett FC, Cliftonville FC, Rossglass FC, Rosario FC, Beechlawn's Hotel, Belfast, City Hotel, Derry, Copeland Electrics, Keith Tierney, John McCormick, Dee Fitzpatrick.
Alty therefore progress to the First Qualifying Round, to be played in week commencing Monday 18 September. In that round, Altrincham will be away to either Ashton United or Chadderton.
Altrincham FC will again be sending a youth team to compete in the Foyle Cup, sponsored by Hughes Insurance, which takes place annually in Derry, Northern Ireland. News of their games in this year's tournament will be posted here on the website. The competition runs between Monday 17th July and Saturday 22nd July.