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Macron Galway Cup MVP to get Bulova watch

Tue, Jul 12 2016

The winner of this year's Macron Galway Cup MVP award will receive a Bulova watch for their efforts. Credit:

The Macron Galway Cup is fast approaching where the cream of Ireland's under-age talent at the pivotal years of U13 and U15 will pit their wits against each other over four days at the home of Salthill Devon, Drom  and this year the tournament MVP will go home with a brand new Bulova watch on his wrist.
 
Some outstanding young players have gone on to bigger and better things since being acknowledged as outstanding talents at the Galway Cup. Ten years ago, Greg Cunningham was selected as Player of the Tournament in his age group. Since then, he has played for his country up to and including senior level and won Preston North End's Player of the Year last season.
 
Daryl Horgan, now starring with Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, played with distinction in the tournament before, while interestingly both Daryl's brother Colm and Stevie Folan – mainstays of the current Galway United defence – represented Ireland in the competition in the past.
 
Former Galway striker Ryan Manning is another past tournament MVP and he is currently immersed in pre-season training with Queens Park Rangers, while Conor Masterson played in the Galway Cup twice – initially with Lucan United and subsequently with Ireland. 
 
Tournament director Ronan Gibney, reflecting on the many talented players to have worn the MVP mantle over the years, said, "We select a Player of the Tournament in each section based on performance in all games and last year we decided to have an overall accolade. 

"So we decided to have a Player of the Tournament award or a 'best of the best' really. Richard Hartmann came on board immediately and so we have a wonderful Bulova watch to present to the winner. Hartmanns jewellers are one of Galway's longest established businesses."
 
Last season, the winner was Nohan Kenneh of Leeds United who is a phenomenal prospect. Who will be selected this year after four days of endeavour from August 3rd to August 6th? Will they go on to become a household name? All will be revealed.
 
"All we know at the moment is that they will be a sporting a brand new Bulova watch," said Gibney.
 
Everybody's appetite has been whet by the Republic of Ireland's recent involvement in Euro 2016 and there is a good chance that the new Robbie Brady will be lining out for the Boys in Green at this year's Galway Cup.