THREE Donegal teams will take part in this year’s Marcron Galway Cup, which kicks off on Wednesday morning.
The Donegal Schoolboys Under-13s (pictured above) will vye for honours in the 2002 Elite section with Kildrum Tigers Under-13s in action in the 2002 Boys section and Finn Harps compete in the 2000 Club grade.
The Kevin McHugh-managed Donegal Schoolboys side will be aiming to bounce back from the disappointment of their Foyle Cup final defeat to Waterford Schoolboys.
After a one-all draw, Donegal lost out 4-3 on penalties, a year after defeating the same opposition in the 2014 decider.
Back in May, Donegal won the SFAI National Cup when Finian O’Donnell’s goal handed them a 1-0 win over Waterford in Cahir, County Tipperary.
The Galway Cup is a prestigious competition with Leeds United and Northern Ireland among the front runners in that 2002 Elite grade, which includes Japanese side Kyoto.
McHugh’s side have been drawn alongside North Dublin Schoolboys League, Galway and the West Waterford East Cork representative team.
Kildrum Tigers (pictured above), under the management of Russell Porter and Shane Porter, take part for the first time.
The Tigers have assembled a strong panel with the likes of captain Shane Coyle, Ryan McCarron and Anton Murtagh among their stars.
The St Johnston side have American outfit Colorado Rapids for company in their group. They play Colorado on Thursday afternoon after an opening game against Clare on Wednesday.
Finn Harps (pictured above) will meet SDFC from America as well as Wicklow and Edenderry. The Harps academy side open up their bid for glory on Wednesday against Wicklow.
The Harps squad includes rising athletics star Aaron McGlynn, the Glenfin teenager who came seventh in the boy’s 800m final at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi last week.
Fixtures take place at Drom, the home of Salthill Devon.
Donegal Schoolboys squad: Adrian McLaughlin, Calum Friel, Domhnaill McBride, Stephen Black, Aaron Reid, Eoin Dowling, Kyle Campbell, Kieran Tobin, Jack Murphy, Frankie Campbell, Conor Black, Enda McDevitt, Ronan McKinley, Dylan Woods, Dylan Dorrian, Gerard Duffy, Calvin Murray, Adam McCafferty, John Matthews, Carlos O’Reilly, Finian O’Donnell, Jason McDaid.
Fixtures: Wednesday at 2.25pm v NDSL; Thursday at 9.40am v Galway; Thursday at 4.45pm v WWEC.
Kildrum Tigers squad: Declan Dolan, Shane McDermott, Aaron O’Donnell, Shane Coyle, Ryan Kennedy, CJ Clarke, Ryan McCarron, Anton Murtagh, Dominic Dunne, Corey McBride-Gillen, Jack McCarron, Caolan Crossan, Jordan Diver, Oisin McGrath, Oran McGrath, Shane Monaghan, Leon McBrearty, Mark Doherty, James Kernan, Adam Callaghan.
Fixtures: Wednesday at 5.55pm v Clare; Thursday at 2.25pm v Colorado Rapids.
Finn Harps squad: Conor O’Donnell, Daniel Boyle, Kyle McCarron, Stephen Cairns, Daniel Ward, Oisin Gallen, Dylan Neil, Mark Roarty, Mark McFadden, Darren McElwaine, Mikey Sweeney, Paul Bradley, Shaun Kennedy, Ryan Toye, Aaron Wasson, Aaron McGlynn, Lorcan McGrady, Ryan O’Donnell.
Fixtures: Wednesday at 10.40am v Wicklow; Wednesday at 4.45pm v SDFC; Thursday at 3.35pm v Edenderry.