Wednesday 13 December 2017

CCFL confirm LFA competition entry

THE CCFL will have two representative teams this season - Youths and Women.

Following an LFA Senior Council meeting, it has been decided that there will be a Women's Inter-League competition.

The CCFL will be lining up with leagues like Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny and the LFL for the new tournament.

CCFL chairman Jim Kelly has confirmed the league's participation and is expecting a management team to be appointed soon.

At the same time, the CCFL will be playing Youths Inter-League football and have been boosted by the performances in the Macron Galway Cup this summer.

The CCFL is now in the unusual situation of having Women and Youths representative teams, but no Oscar Traynor squad.

"What we have decided for the next three to four years is to put a lot of work into the development of the Youths," said Kelly.

"Of course there is expense involved in that as well, but we feel that a lot of the funding and energy should go initially into the Youths and we have a plan in place that Eamonn Brady and Tony O'Sullivan are working on.

"Who's to say that in the next few years we don't have a very good Oscar Traynor team if those lads can be kept together?"



Also, the CCFL are hoping that a fair proportion of their players will be selected for the LFA Youths side which will take part in the inter-provincial tournament in Letterkenny this season.

Kelly believes the Galway Cup success and Edenderry Town's progress to the last eight of the FAI Youths Cup last season offer proof of the quality in the league.

Manager Robbie Hoey will be holding a blitz next month in an effort to identify the strongest players available around the LFA.

"The lads here, Tony and Eamonn, are putting in a big effort into our Youths and we would hope the LFA will look at the players, and look at all the players outside the Pale.

"I'm delighted the lads did well in Galway and Edenderry Town did well in the FAI Youths Cup, so the players are there."



EDENDERRY Town will hold their AGM in the clubhouse in Paddy Maloney Park on Thursday, August 29.

Town's CCFL Premier Division side kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 win over Gallen United, Lorcan Pender and Podge Hanlon getting the goals.



AUSTIN Levins has taken the reins at Derry Rovers' second team.

The Edenderry-based team play in Division 3A and Levins, a former Shamrock Rovers man, takes over from George Morrissey.

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