NDSL unhappy over St Kevin's deal with Bohs
The FAI confirmed yesterday that 24 teams will compete in the very first SSE Airtricity Under 15 National League in a shortened 2017 season - kicking off on the week ending August 20, but before it even begins it is mired in controversy.
In addition to the 20 existing SSE Airtricity League clubs, the U15 League is due to be made up of three schoolboy Leagues - Kerry Schoolboys League, Mayo League, Monaghan/Cavan Partnership - and St Kevin's Boys.
St Kevin's Boys are due to compete in the shortened season after agreeing to work towards creating a partnership with Bohemian FC, which will allow St Kevin's Boys to join existing partnerships into the National Leagues. However, the NDSL are unhappy with this stated partnership as they already have a partnership in place with Bohemians.
NDSL CEO Tony Gains voiced his concerns after learning of this partnership from yesterday's FAI statement. Gains released his own statement, which read: "Having read the statement from the FAI with regards to the U15 Airtricity National League and to our surprise, without a mention of the NDSL having a partnership with Bohemians FC for the past three years and the first league to have such a partnership
"We have recently concluded the arrangements for not only the U17s but now the new U15s with Bohemian FC Airtricity National League, that both teams will use our facilities for both training and home games.
He added: "In light of the statement from the FAI I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Chairman of Bohemians FC in order to clarify what deal has been done with St Kevins FC as the NDSL are already in partnership with Bohemians FC I would believe that any deal done with St Kevin's FC would have to be agreed with the North Dublin Schoolboys/Girls League."