Ballykeel compete in Ian Boyd Memorial tournament

Ballykeel FC pictured at the recent Ian Boyd Memorial tournament, which was held this year in Scotland and hosted by Wigtown & Bladnoch FC. Picture: Edward Flannighan Photography.
Ballykeel FC pictured at the recent Ian Boyd Memorial tournament, which was held this year in Scotland and hosted by Wigtown & Bladnoch FC. Picture: Edward Flannighan Photography.

Ballykeel FC continued their preparations for the new Ballymena Saturday Morning League season by taking part in the Ian Boyd Memorial Cup recently.

The competition was set up in memory of a young Ballymena man who tragically took his own life in November 2006 aged just 19.

Ballykeel FC official Joe Thompson presents Wigtown captain Stuart Cluckie with the Ian Boyd Memorial Cup. Picture: Edward Flannighan Photography.

Ballykeel FC official Joe Thompson presents Wigtown captain Stuart Cluckie with the Ian Boyd Memorial Cup. Picture: Edward Flannighan Photography.

The tournament’s purpose is not only to serve as a memorial to Ian but also to serve as a means of highlighting the increasingly rising numbers of people taking their own lives, especially those of young adults.

The competition started as a five-a-side midnight football tournament but changed to its current format in 2008.

This year’s event was hosted by Wigtown and Bladnoch Football Club who went on to win the three-team event, which also featured Ballykeel and 22nd Old Boys from Belfast.