Dublin, 16th July, 2012
Winners of Coca-Cola Irish Cup Crowned
Members of Reading Football Club emerged victorious as they were crowned winners of the inaugural Coca-Cola Irish Cup, which took place at the AUL complex in Dublin from 13th - 15th July.
The grassroots football competition attracted over 8,000 spectators, who watched the English youth club side compete against other elite football teams from across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and Europe. The three day tournament culminated in a 2-1 victory for Reading FC against fellow English side, West Bromwich Albion. Dutch team Ajax 1997’s and an Irish representative youth side also took part.
In the non-elite section, a penalty shoot-out led to Dublin side St. Kevin’s 9-8 triumph over their local rivals Shelbourne United. 42 teams and over 1,000 participants were involved in the various age grade competitions at the North Dublin football venue. Commenting on behalf of title sponsor Coca-Cola HBC Ireland, Events Manager, Robert Crabbe said:
“We’re delighted to be involved in the inaugural Coca-Cola Irish Cup competition. This weekend was a huge success, featuring some of the best teams from across Europe while also showcasing the future stars of Irish football at a grassroots level. We’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this exciting and memorable festival of football”.
Also speaking at the event, Managing Director of competition organisers DB Sportstours, David Berber said:
“We’re thrilled with the success of the first ever Coca-Cola Irish Cup. Not only did it provide a competitive level of football for the players involved, it highlighted the considerable young football talent that exists throughout the country, while also providing a valuable benchmark against International opposition. We would like to thank everyone who was involved this year, the players and supporters, their friends and families, and all of our sponsors for making this such a wonderful tournament”.
Full details and results can be found on www.dbsportstours.ie
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs and Communications Manager
Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland
Phone number: + 44 28 92 64 2000