Local footballers prepare to set off on the Milk-y way

Local County Antrim Milk Cup squad members Matthew Shevlin and Josh Corry. Missing from the photo is Eamon Fyfe. INBT28-227AC
Local County Antrim Milk Cup squad members Matthew Shevlin and Josh Corry. Missing from the photo is Eamon Fyfe. INBT28-227AC

There will be a strong Ballymena involvement in the County Antrim Premier team’s bid for Dale Farm Milk Cup glory this week.

While the Antrim set-up is often dominated by Belfast-based players, there are three players from the local area in this year’s panel.

Defender Josh Corry will be appearing in the prestigious tournament for a remarkable third year in a row.

He was part of the County Antrim panel which made history by reaching the final of the junior tournament two years ago, when the Antrim boys lost on penalties to Everton.

He was then involved in last year’s Antrim Premier age group panel while a year young, meaning his is still eligible to compete in the under-17 event again this year.

Josh is joined in the panel by Cargan-based midfielder Eamon Fyfe, who was also part of the 2013 runners-up squad.

At that time Corry and Fyfe were playing their club football for Crusaders and Cliftonville respectively but both are now with their hometown club Ballymena United.

And they are joined in this year’s squad by their SHowgrounds club-mate Matthew Shevlin.

The 17-year-old striker is a schoolboy international and last season entered United’s record books as the club’s youngest goalscorer after scoring with his first touch in senior football against Ballinamallard while still 16.