THE Northern Ireland West Region UEFA cup team will go head to head with their counterparts from the Republic at a charity friendly match in Ballinamallard this evening (Wednesday).
Harry McConkey is bringing his side to Ferney Park with all proceeds from the game going towards the purchase of a new minibus for Willowbridge school for children with special needs.
The project is being undertaken by Enniskillen Rotary Club for their fundraising initiative this year. This is a worthwhile project because at present the school does not have their own bus which can transport clients in wheelchairs.
Pupils from the school will walk on with the teams at the start of the game. They will also have a short match at half-time and then a penalty shootout with the two goalkeepers at the end of the match.
Mr McConkey retired this summer after spending 14 years at the school, as Willowbridge’s PE Coordinator.
A former player manager and manager of Ballinamallard United Football Club, Harry has been manager of the Northern Ireland Junior International Team for the last 11 years enjoying much success and competing at European level.
Rotary Club President Kenny Fisher mentioned to him at an event in the school sometime ago if he would consider organising a football match with the proceeds going to the minibus project.
Speaking ahead of the match, Harry said: “From a footballing perspective, I am delighted to bring the UEFA Regions Cup experience to Fermanagh for the first time. We have a lot of talented young players in the West and they deserve this European experience. It is reward for their efforts in the amateur game, and it can elevate players to a higher level.
“I would ask the public to wrap up warm, come out, and support what will be a great community night with all the monies going to a fantastic and worthwhile project.”
He added: “I am delighted to be able to organise this match and support the school and the pupils in raising funds for the new school minibus which is much needed in the day to day running of the school.”
Kick-off for tonight’s match is at 7.30pm.
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