Young footballers get chance to show their skills at Coca-Cola FA Cup event

Coca-Cola FA Cup Under 15 winners: Sandleford (Coleraine).
Coca-Cola FA Cup Under 15 winners: Sandleford (Coleraine).

Over 150 pupils from 16 Special Schools throughout Northern Ireland travelled to the Valley Leisure Centre in Newtownabbey to compete for the Coca-Cola FA Cup run by the Irish Football Association.

The Coca-Cola FA Cup is an annual 5-a-side competition divided into two tournaments - Under 15 and Over 15. The schools who took part in the event cater for pupils with a Learning Disability. With over 40 competitive games on four pitches the action was non-stop with plenty of skills and goals on display from the talented pupils.

In the Under 15 Section, Sandleford (Coleraine) defeated Knockavoe (Strabane) 2-1 after extra-time in what was a pulsating Final. In the Over 15 Section it was Knockavoe (Strabane) who lifted the trophy after defeating Torbank (Dundonald) 4-2 in a close fought Final.

FA Development manager for Disability Football, Alan Crookssaid : “Well done to all the players for putting on a great show. It is a pleasure to organise this event.”