Heritage Bowl (All-Ireland Soccer) 1997

Irish Football Association Logo [References: 2]

Results and Scorers

Date / Teams(HT) FT ScoreScorers (Mins)
Semi-Final 1 August 1997
Salthill Devon(1) 1McDonagh 6
Omagh Town(2) 5Donnelly 1, 22, Mooney 73, Wilson 84, Melly 86
Semi-Final 1 August 1997
Galway United(2) 4Lucai 10, 69, 70, Clery 21
Cliftonville(1) 3McAtee 27, O’Connor 72, Tolan 80
3rd Place 2 August 1997
Salthill Devon(1) 2
Cliftonville(5) 5Barry O’Connor (3), Sean Francis (2)
Final 2 August 1997
Galway United(?) 3
Omagh Town(?) 2Frankie Wilson, John McIlroy 85
[References: 3-5]


While not strictly speaking an All-Ireland Soccer competition the Heritage Bowl was a preseason Bowl involving Connacht and Northern Ireland teams held at the same time as the North West Cup involving Northern Ireland and Donegal and Sligo teams. The 1997 Heritage Bowl, played in Miller’s Lane, Galway over the weekend of 1-2 August featured winners Galway United and Salthill Devon from the City of the Tribes and Omagh Town from Tyrone and Cliftonville from West Belfast. Galway United took home the Bowl with a 3-2 victory in the Final against Omagh Town. Cliftonville finished third by defeating Salthill Devon 5-2 withy a hat-trick by Barry O’Connor and a couple more by Sean Francis. The Semi-Finals on Friday night had seen Galway United knock out Cliftonville 4-3 with a hat-trick by Lucai and one from clery to put them 4-1 up before two goals in the last 10 minutes by O’Connor and Tolan put a respectable score on the board for the wee bit o’ red at the final whistle. Salthill Devon were no match for Omagh Town in the other match, losing 5-1 to goals by Donnelly (2), Mooney, Wilson and Melly. Despite equalising on 6 minutes through McDonagh the Connacht Senior League side were outclassed by the Irish League side.

FAI Logo 1991-2004
FAI Logo 1991-2004 [References: 1]



[1] Logopedia (2020) Football_Association_of_Ireland_old [Internet] Available from: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/6/61/Football_Association_of_Ireland_old.svg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/200?cb=20130403155346 [Accessed 1 October 2020]

[2] Wikipedia (2020) 1200px-Irish_Football_Association_logo.svg [Internet] Available from: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/25/Irish_Football_Association_logo.svg/1200px-Irish_Football_Association_logo.svg.png [Accessed 1 October 2020]


[3] Anon. (1997) “Briefly: Soccer” Irish Independent. Saturday, August 2, 1997. pg. 7 [Past editions of the Irish Independent are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service]

[4] Anon. (1997) “Football Results / Galway United 3 Omagh Town 2 ” Sunday Independent. August 3, 1997. pg. 14L [Sport 2] [Past editions of the Sunday Independent are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service]

[5] Anon. (1997) “Omagh Bowled over” Sunday Life. August 3, 1997. Pg. 63. [Past editions of the Sunday Life are available to view online at: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ which is a subscription service]


Thanks to Gabriel McCloyne, Paul Foley, Cathal Gallagher, Peter Lemass, Paul Lynch, Gerry Tully.

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