Updated: May 24
The Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) has successfully organised and hosted it’s boys and girls 5-a-side football competition finals at Balmoral show on Thursday, May 11th 2023. Members of YFCU aged 16+ enthusiastically took to the cattle lawn to compete against each other for a chance to take home a top spot.
Following 79 teams competing in their County heats at the beginning of May, both the ladies and men's teams who made it through to the finals played in their respective leagues, with each team facing off against one another. At the end of each league, the top two teams in each category went on to compete against each other in the finals.
In the men’s category, Gleno Valley YFC played Collone YFC in a nail-biting final, with Gleno Valley YFC claiming the top spot. Kilrea YFC was placed 3rd and Bleary YFC was placed 4th in this tough league of teams.
In the women’s category, Newtownstewart YFC fought hard in a very tense match against Spa YFC in the final, with Newtownstewart YFC walking home with the gold medals.
Moycraig YFC was placed 3rd and Gleno Valley YFC was placed 4th in this tough league of teams.
Referees were impressed by the sportsmanship displayed by members throughout the final and awarded the Fair Play Award to Kilrea YFC and Spa YFC.
The competition was a huge success, with YFCU members showing great skill and enthusiasm throughout the event. The organisation would like to extend a note of thanks to all the YFCU stewards for their help in coordinating, to the IFA for their support and to all the IFA referees who came along to referee the matches.