DONAL O’Brien has again been confirmed as the manager of the Ulster Senior League Interprovincial team for the defence of the Michael Ward Trophy.
O’Brien has managed the USL selection to glory in the Interprovincial tournament in each of the last two years.
The Dubliner, a former Finn Harps and Derry City midfielder, stepped down as manager of Cockhill Celtic in May after leading the Inishowen club through a golden period of success.
But O’Brien will go to his home turf in Leinster for this year’s Interprovincials looking to guide the local side to an unprecedented three-in-a-row (he is pictured above with players and League officials following last year’s success).
In 2013, Garbhan Friel netted the winner in a 1-0 win over Munster Senior League in Sligo after they drew 0-0 with Leinster and hammered Connacht 9-0.
The competition was held in Donegal last year and the USL again prevailed. Wins over Leinster and Connacht had the title sealed before an understrength team lost 3-0 to Munster on the final day of action.
They defeated Connacht 5-3 while Jimmy Bradley’s late goal secured a 2-1 win against Leinster.
This year’s competition runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th of October. O’Brien is expected to confirm his backroom team in the coming days and already has plans in place for training schedules and friendly fixtures.Tags: