AFTER a gap of some nine years the Laird Challenge Cup is again set to become part of the local football calendar.
Originally the knockout cup was founded(1998)as a pre-season competition in association with the now defunct Sperrin Athletic and ran successfully as such for 11 years.
A number of factors contributed to its demise but nearly a decade on it’s set to be resurrected to coincide with the laying of a new generation artificial pitch at Youth Sport Omagh.
At Wednesday evening’s official launch, Sean Curneen, of Youth Sport Omagh, said the Laird Challenge Cup would serve its original purpose in assisting teams to get much-needed game time ahead of their competitive seasons.
“It’s really exciting and the reaction has been really positive,” he said.
The Laird Challenge Cup 2017 will begin on Monday, July 31 and will be run off in just one week.
It will kick-off with the all-Omagh meeting of treble winners Strathroy Harps and recently-relegated Strule United.
In the other ties Dunbreen Rovers will face Omagh Hospitals in an all-F&W Division Two clash, Division One newboys Mountjoy United will locks horns with Mountfield United while opponents for Northern Ireland Intermediate side Ardstraw were still to be confirmed.
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