United Academy boost for injured Robbie

Ballymena United and Bangor under-13s pictured before their match on Saturday.

Ballymena United and Bangor under-13s pictured before their match on Saturday.

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Ballymena United under-13s were back in action at the weekend when they took on Bangor in a league fixture.

Before the game, presentation was made to pass on to the Seasiders’ hospital-bound keeper Robbie Shaw.

Most youth football followers know Robbie’s story.

He was seriously injured in a road traffic collision a number of weeks ago, and his amazing recovery has been well documented through social media and amongst junior football circles.

The United squad wished Robbie all the best on his long journey and to keep his spirits up, presented his team mates with a ball, signed by the full United first team squad and management at the New Years Day dramatic win over Portadown.

A donation was also made to a just giving fund set up on behalf of Robbie.

All at United hope to see Robbie back in action in the future and are encouraged by his incredible recovery steps over the last few weeks.

Bangor under-13s deservedly triumphed on Saturday 4-1, with the Sky Blues looking somewhat sluggish after the Christmas break.

Ballymena’s goal was another brilliant effort however from Ross McCausland who was in action again along with fellow United player Sean McAllister for Northern Ireland at Crumlin again on Sunday.

Many of the United Youth Academy sides will make their return to competitive action this weekend as they continue their campaigns in the National League and Lisburn Invitational Youth League.