In profile: The Harryville Homers squad aiming for Junior Shield and Cup glory

Harryville Homers are aiming for a remarkable Junior Shield and Junior Cup double.
Harryville Homers are aiming for a remarkable Junior Shield and Junior Cup double.

Harryville Homers will this week attempt to write the greatest ever chapter in the Ballymena club’s illustrious history.

The Saturday Morning League kingpins will attempt to win both the County Antrim Junior Shield and the Irish Junior Cup within a five-day period.

Here, Times Sport profiles the Homers players aiming to re-write the local junior football hsitory books.

Alex McCosh (Goalkeeper): Probably the most successful keeper in BSML history and top performer between the sticks.

Lee McGavock (Goalkeeper): Limited appearances due to work commitments but more than capable when called upon.

Jimmy Gracey (Defender): Tough, uncompromising defender. Excellent in the air.

Ricky Nicholl (Defender): Driving force and leader on the pitch who has had an outstanding season.

Ryan Stewart (Defender): Attacking left-back whose goal tally for the season has again reached double figures.

Jason McKay (Defender): Versatile player who can play in a number of positions.

Marcus Spratt (Defender): Calm and poised in possession but with strong winning mentality.

Stephen French (Defender): Rugged, no nonsense, old school defender who is always up for the battle.

Ian Russell (Defender): Defensive lynchpin who has been a Homers stalwart for 15 years.

Mark McKay (Midfield): Strong and confident on the ball, who has added goals to his game this season.

Gary Baird (Midfield): Midfield driving force and inspiration to all around him.

Justin Rowe (Midfield): Great summer acquisition who gives the manager multiple options across the middle of the park.

Darren Campbell (Midfield): Pace and enthusiasm in abundance and ice cool in front of goal.

Jordie Craig (Midfield): Industrious, tough-tackling midfielder who can also pop up with important goals.

Alan Rainey (Forward): Free-scoring, flying winger. Man of the match in Junior Cup semi-final.

Jason Logan (Forward): Hard-working wide man. Great team player with an eye for goal.

David Nicholl (Forward): Mercurial wide player who is current Saturday Morning League Player of Year.

Jasin Magill (Forward): Potential matchwinner who scored the clinching goal in last year’s Junior Cup final.

David McWhirter (Forward): Has returned from a horror leg break last season with added determination.

Jason Stevenson (Forward): Veteran status these days but still knows where the net is.

Richard Reid (Forward): Versatile, no nonsense, all action player who leaves nothing on the field.

Paul McNeill (Forward): Top scorer, who is looking to socre in a third successive Junior Cup final.

Gary Bonnes (Forward): Club captain and talisman who is Homers to the core. Perfect focal point for the attack.

Robert Duddy (Manager): Has overseen a trophy-laden spell in his four years in charge.

Ricky Forsythe (Defender/assistant manager): Perfect foil for Duddy and has slotted into his new role seamlessly.