Aviva Stadium to host FAI Junior Cup Final next May

Tom O'Shea

THE 2013 FAI Junior Cup final will be a very special occasion, as the centrepiece of the junior football season is set to take place at the Aviva Stadium. For the first time players will be able to follow in the footsteps of Irish internationals when they line out in the home of Irish football next May.

Clubs from all around the country are invited to enter this prestigious competition by downloading the application form from the Domestic and Grassroots section of www.fai.ie or by contacting the secretary of the Junior Council, Denis Cruise, on 087 256 2794. Closing date for entry is Friday next, August 24th. It was also announced that Aviva will now become partners to the prestigious competition. This is an even more significant development as the FAI Junior council will also celebrate their centenary in 2013.

Jonathan Courtney of Umbro said 'Umbro have been heavily involved with the Junior Cup for a number of years, we are delighted that the final will take place in the Aviva Stadium next year, it will be a fitting venue for the centenary of the Junior Council. Umbro are committed to the grassroots of the game and will continue to be involved in football at all levels into the future.'

Dennis Cruise, Hon. Secretary of the FAI Junior Council said "It is a tremendous boost for Junior Football and I am sure it will be a wonderful occasion for the two teams that reach the final and for the Match Officials. On behalf of the Junior Council I wish to place on record our thanks to the CEO John Delaney and Aviva for their support of the junior game".

Alex Schober (RIP)

The game in the county was stunned yet again this week when news came through of the sudden death of Killarney Celtic goalkeeper Alex Schober, Alex had played with both Celtic senior teams and was a cracking keeper and a gentle giant. He made his mark on the game and the club since arriving in Killarney and will be sadly missed by his family, colleagues at the Killarney Heights Hotel, his teammates at Celtic and the many friends he made in the town. A memorial Service was held in Killarney on Monday evening for Alex. May he rest in peace.

Brendan Moloney

Brendan has started at right back in Nottingham Forest's first two games of the season against Fleetwood (League Cup) and the opening league game of the season against Bristol City on Saturday last. Forest won both games and kept clean sheet in both so here's hoping Brendan can stay injury free this season and push his career on.

Billy Dennehy

Billy came off the bench as Shamrock Rovers beat second placed Drogheda United two nil on Friday evening. Rovers remain in third place but are now just two points behind the Drogs and seven points off leaders Sligo Rovers.


The Killarney Celtic Field Committee has announced that that a defibrillator has been installed in the clubhouse at Celtic Park, this is a great initiative by the club and is to be commended.

Referees Beginners

course in Cork

A Course for Beginner Referees will be held at College Corinthians Grounds at Castle Treasure on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of August next. Cost is €75 which covers all materials and registration for 2012.

Further details on the Course can be had by contacting Pat Kelly at 087 2258945 or patkellyref@gmail.com