NI manager special guest at United Youth Academy awards night

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is special guest at the Ballymena United Youth Academy awards night. Picture: Press Eye.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is special guest at the Ballymena United Youth Academy awards night. Picture: Press Eye.

Ballymena United Youth Academy team awards night takes place this Wednesday evening in the Des Allen suite with a 7pm start

What a night it promises to be for the club with a number of key announcements to be made and a raft of well known local football personalities attending.

Northern Ireland manager Michael Oneill is the main speaker on the night and will present the awards to the prize winners in each category.

He will be joined on the top table by Pro licence coach and ex Coleraine manager David Platt along with IFA grassroots co-ordinator Mo McDowell.

From Uhlsport Irish league legend Chris Morgan will be present along with the company’s regional manager Brian Hutchinson, not forgetting the senior club captain and Co Antrim Junior Milk Cup manager this year, Jim Ervin.

The club are now attracting the best local young talent at all ages and the example set by this season’s highly successful youth team has given the younger players an achievable target, in first team football at the senior club.

The mini soccer awards evening will be held on Wednesday 27th May at 7pm.

Once again it has been encouraging to see some of the top talent that is now starting to emerge at the 7-10 year old age groups at the club.

In the main it is down to the hard work of an enthusiastic team of young coaches this season.

Meanwhile, United under 15s faced Linfield in the national plate final on Friday evening but came out second best to an impressive Blues side who scored five unanswered goals.

A changed United starting line up,they were disappointingly 1-0 down after only 15 seconds and then two down after 5 minutes, and were always chasing the game after this.

The Skies did have their chances however and went close twice through Stephen McColgan, with two efforts cleared off the line but they will gain from the experience.