Glaston’s efforts are recognised by Mayor

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The Glaston club have received a Certificate of Recognition from the Lord Mayor of Belfast marking their community efforts in the Poleglass area.

What a finish to a not so memorable season on the pitch for Glaston. That was until they wakened up to win the Supplementary Cup a week before the season ended.

They then received the Certificate which will encourage them to keep building in the community.

Wonderful how things can suddenly turn around. They now have a 4G pitch and a supportive community as they build towards the new season.

Well done, Glaston!

Chairman says thanks

The chairman of the South Antrim League has expressed his thanks to many people who helped him throughout last season.

Gerard Prigent said he would like to thank the League committee who had given him full support and particularly the League officers.

“I would also like to thank the teams in the League last season for supporting myself and the committee which made my task a lot easier. It is easy to be critical and I have to say the teams realised we were trying to be genuine in our efforts and doing our beat.”

Gerard added it had been a privilege to hold the position of chairman and to gain the support of all who helped run the League.

He also had a word of praise for the “Ulster Star” in their coverage of the League. “I thank them both for their support and fairness of the coverage.”

Stephen decides to stay on at Ballymacash

Stephen Elder was ready to walk away from Ballymacash YM first eleven following the final match of last season but he has given his position a lot of thought and decided to stay on.

Stephen said: “After a long hard football season, which to be honest anyone else would have walked away from after four weeks I had doubts about my future.

“Was at my last club for ten years from day it was formed till it folded and at Ballymacash YM from very first training.

“After thinking about giving it up because I had lost heart for one of the first times in my life. I have thought hard about it and I cannot go anywhere until this is put right. I was told at the end of the season the only way Ballymacash can go from here is down. I refused to believe it.

“You never lose you just learn and I have learnt a lot and the same mistake will not be made again. I personally do not think I could give anyone more of my time but I am willing to try. Are you willing to try? I have never been more determined and cannot wait to give my all to put it right.”

Elder added he would like to thank every player for giving up their time, which could have been spent with their families and loved ones and giving it to me and the club. but he said its going to take more.

“This season will show who really wants it and who has the heart. Enjoy your break, I will not be taking one.”

A club spokesman said there has been a big response so far. “But lets see who really are club men. Good luck to Stephen and pleased to hear he is staying.”

Ballymacash seconds have appointed Gerard Prigent as manager and he will have Colly McCarroll as assistant with Darren Downes and Eddie Murdock as coaches.

Ballymacash YM III: Christopher Cork has been appointed as manager with Andrew Johnston as assistant. Stewart Douds to take training.

Taughmonagh name new boss

Barry Bloomer will be the new player/manager of Taughmonagh YM firsts and he has a great pedigree with several clubs as a player.

He won the Border Cup twice - with Dunmurry Rec, and Albert Foundry, the Clarence Cup with Derriaghy CC and he was also a junior international.

It looks like a top class appointment for the team who had the best record in the South Antrim League last season.

In charge of training will be Steven Hosick. and Glen Bingham has also joined the coaching staff.