Annual Seamus Pat Cup kicks-off in Ballybrack tomorrow night
After a near thirty-year association with the club, it’s highly appropriate that new Greencastle manager Pat McLaughlin takes charge of his first competitive game in a tournament that recalls his late father.
After presenting the Seamus Pat memorial trophy to various different team captains in the twelve-year history of the summer competition, Pat is hoping this year to be able to keep hold of it for the first time.
“Greencastle have never won the annual trophy so it would be nice to do it this year at last,” he said.
“It would mean a lot to me personally and to the club to win my father’s cup for the first time,” Pat added.
First established in 2003, the cup, in honour of popular Greencastle businessman Seamus Pat McLaughlin, will see four Foyleside teams battle it out for pre-season honours with Moville Celtic, Redcastle United and Carrowmena taking on the Ballybrack Blues.
All four teams have new bosses at the helm with Raymond Dougal, back in charge at Tremone, taking his Carrowmena players to Chapel Lane tomorrow night for a semi-final clash against his former team, Greencastle.
Looking to land an historic sixth straight Seamus Pat crown, Moville Celtic, managed by Martin Rea, will be raging hot favourites to sweep past relegated Redcastle, led once again by John Logue, in the other semi on Saturday night.
With both semi-finals and the final at Chapel Lane, Pat is hoping for a large turnout ahead of a successful new campaign.
“I think the four new managers bring that extra bit of spice this year. We are hoping to have a successful tournament to kick start a good season,” he said.
Match officials for the tournament include, John Joe Lafferty, Liam Davenport, George McLaughlin and Robin McDermott.
The late Seamus Pat McLaughlin, a lifelong supporter of Greencastle FC, drove team buses across Inishowen for many years and is still fondly remembered by everyone at the club.
Seamus Pat Fixtures
(All games 7pm at Chapel Lane)
Semi-finals – Greencastle v. Carrowmena, Friday, August 8; Moville Celtic v. Redcastle Utd, Saturday, August 9.
Final – Friday, August 15.