Homers snap up Stewart from rivals Thistle

New Harryville Homers signing Jason Stewart is welcomed to the club by manager Robert Duddy.
New Harryville Homers signing Jason Stewart is welcomed to the club by manager Robert Duddy.

Harryville Homers have sent out a strong signal that they are in no mood to relinquish their domination of the Ballymena Saturday Morning League.

Homers, who completed an unprecedented Junior Cup and Junior Shield double last season, have strengthened their squad by snapping up Jason Stewart from rivals Ahoghill Thistle.

Stewart was captain of Thistle, who have been Homers’ closest challengers in the past couple of seasons, but he has opted to join the champions, where he will link up with younger brother Ryan.

Ahoghill boss Stewart McDonald’s side face something of a rebuilding process with a number of players departing.

They include Alan Moore, who has joined Cullybackey Blues, and Gareth Dickey, who has rejoined Raceview, where he had a successful spell previously.

Against that, Thistle have signed Jamie Willighan, who has been a prolific scorer at intermediate level with Chimney Corner.

Another player on the move is Carniny Rangers skipper Ryan Bamber, who has opted to try his luck at intermediate level with Wakehurst.

In other Saturday Morning League news, Division Two side Michelin are on the lookout for a new manager, or an assistant with aspirations to become manager.

Founded in 1969, the club is one of the oldest in the Saturday Morning League. Interested parties are asked to contact club secretary Steven Gilliand via email at secretary@michelinfc.co.uk