Manager’s corner (20.12.14)

As we approach the end of 2015 it is time to reflect on what has been a terrific year for the club. During the year the Senior team has won the league title, the reserve team have won their cup, the ladies team have won a domestic double while also getting to the Irish Cup final, the new skills school was set up and the youth academy is thriving. Sometimes it is easy to forget how far we have come in such a short space of time. Those within the club know the difficulties we have faced but through sheer hard work and determination we are starting to see the fruit of a our labours. There is still a huge amount of work to be done both on and off the pitch but those involved deserve great credit.

It has also been a sad year at times as we have lost club stalwarts and former players in Peter Woods, Tommy O’HanlonĀ and most recently Billy McVicar. These people have all played their part in the club over the years and will be sadly missed.

In terms of the current season it has not been the start we would have wished for. We have had some good cup runs but the league has always been the priority. Our Irish Cup game away to Portstewart showed that we are capable of competing at a higher level. Unfortunately that display was not replicated in our league game away to Ballymacash and has made our promotion bid more difficult. It is a very competitive league and whilst we have given ourselves a mountain to climb there is a long way to go and we will fight for every remaining point. The coaching staff are well aware of what is required to take the club forward and we are working extremely hard to make that happen.

Finally, on behalf of the club, I would like to wish all our fans, sponsors and members a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. Hopefully we can continue to bring them the success that their magnificent support deserves.

Yours in Sport,