EPFA Home Nations Cup 2017


The EPFA Home Nations Cup for the Joe Barry Memorial Cup was hosted at Valence School and the Senocke Centre in Kent in August 2017. Joe Barry had been part of an Irish selection a year earlier and had sadly passed away at the event after an accident. The inaugural Home Nations Cup would be contested by England, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland team was represented by Dylan McLoughlin, Liam Lynch, Conor Troy and Conor Doyle. The team was coached by Jude McKenna.

The Home Nations event was also a development event and started off the week with some training sessions given by EPFA coaches and some practice matches between the teams. There was also the social side in the evenings which always enhance the event with BBQ's and social activities. The main match day took place at the end of the week with England and the Republic of Ireland first up and drawing 1-1. Northern Ireland had a reaction to England coaches frustrations and disappointment at drawing the first match and the players responded with a 5-0 victory. In the final match of the three team round robin the Ireland derby was evenly posed at 1 - 1 until Northern Ireland got a late winner to end the match 2-1 and take second place on goal diference. Republic of Ireland player Dylan McLoughlin received the award for most valuable player of the  tournament which was well deserve