Questions raised as teams are left out of North West Senior Cup

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Only three teams were included in the draw for the North West Senior Cup this year, Coleraine, Limavady and Institute were the only teams involved in the long running Cup competition, organised by the North West FA.

Portstewart, Moyola, Tobermore and a number of other junior teams usually contest the Cup competition.

Speaking to Times Sport this week, Portstewart boss Gary Taylor said his Club were ‘disappointed’ not to be involved in the competition.

“It’s a competition that players look forward to.

“This year we were told that there would be no North West Senior Cup, then we heard that Limavady, had won a semi against Institute, and would meet Coleraine in the final, “ said Taylor.

Speaking to Times Sport, Billy Smallwoods from the North West FA apologised: “Our problem this year was finding time to get all the fixtures played. We just didn’t have enough free Saturdays. Discussions are already taking place about next year’s competition, and we are hopeful that we will be back to the eight team format again.” He added that the competition was a ‘flood lit Cup’ and that had been problematic for the organising Committee.