The SSE Airtricity League has announced the naming of a new cup in honour of Derry City legend Mark Farren.
Mark Farren's death earlier this year was a sad loss to Irish football and the SSE Airtricity League has recognised his contribution to the game by naming the U17 Mark Farren Memorial Cup after him.
The Donegal-born striker had an illustrious career in the game with Derry City, Finn Harps, Glenavon and Monaghan United. He was also an apprentice at Huddersfield Town and Tranmere Rovers.
RIP Mark and thanks for the memories FAI Cup Final - Derry City 4 - 3 St Pats https://t.co/p2lSBPNchp— KSC MEDIA (@JamesOToole18) February 3, 2016
Desperately sad news. RIP Mark Farren, goalscorer and gentleman #18— Paul Buttner (@pbuttner) February 3, 2016
"It's fitting to way to commemorate Mark's memory. All young players should aspire to have a career and conduct themselves in the same manner he did. He was a great player as well as being a great person," said FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin.
The SSE Airtricity U17 Mark Farren Memorial Cup First Round draw is:
Sligo Rovers v Longford Town
Mervue United v Athlone Town
UCD v St Patrick's Athletic
Drogheda united v Monaghan Cavan FP
Dundalk v Cabinteely
Kerry League v Limerick FC
Bray Wanderers v Wexford Youths
BYES: Bohemians, Cobh Ramblers, Cork City, Derry City, Finn Harps, Salthill Devon, Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne, Waterford United
These ties will take place the midweek on Tuesday, June 28, and Wednesday, June 29, with the match details to be confirmed in due course.