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Strabane Athletic FC reflect on successful season

First team Young Player of the Year Eamon Ferguson with Michael Kennedy.

First team Young Player of the Year Eamon Ferguson with Michael Kennedy.

STRABANE Golf Club was the venue for Strabane Athletic Football Club’s third annual awards ceremony on Saturday night.

Having completed it’s first season at intermediate level, the club also maintained it’s status within F&W Division 1 and gained promotion to the premier division of the NW Saturday Morning League. It all meant that there were three sets of awards to be distributed and that honour fell to the guests for the evening, the committee of Strabane United ‘68 Club.

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Liam Casey of the ‘68 Club presented the Saturday Morning team with their league runner-up medals and then proceeded to present the individual awards as follows:

Young Player of the year: Jason Sweeney
Top Goalscorer: Stephen Donaghey
Players’ Player of the Year: Stephen Donaghey
Player of the Year: Gerard McCay

The FW Division team or the club’s reserve team awards were handed out by Mickey McColgan and the recipients were:

Young Player of the Year: Ryan Molloy
Top Goalscorer: Joe Breslin
Players’ Player of the Year: Kevin Patterson
Player of the Year: Kevin Patterson

The Intermediate League or the first team winners received their awards from Michael Kennedy. They were:

Young Player of the Year: Eamon Ferguson
Top Goalscorer: Jason McGrinder
Players’ Player of the Year: Lee Conwell
Player of the Year: Jason McGrinder
Michael then proceeded to say a few congratulatory and complimentary words of behalf of of the ‘68 club which was followed by Athletic’s Raymond Barr who thanked the ‘68 Club for attending and acknowleged the generous donation they made to the club earlier in the year; were they handed over the residual funds from their own past campaign.

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Highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the audio/visual tribute to the late Felix McCrossan. A very poignant and moving montage was presented to the large audience (you could have heard a pin drop such was the esteem that this former local legend was held in). His wife Carmel and daughters were visibly moved and very complimentary of the entire presentation.

Club chairperson, Mr Seamus McElroy thanked everyone for their hard work and support (sponsors and fans) throughout the 2012/13 campaign. He also thanked the ‘68 Club, McCrossan family and Strabane Golf Club and in particular the hard work that Tommy Forbes put into making the evening a huge success.

The club now look forward to hosting the Danny ‘Bomber’ Rouse Memorial Cup later in the summer. They also have three teams (U19, U16 & U14) competing in this year’s Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup and with expectations high for next season they will undoubtedly require extra people to help them progress on and off the field.

Anyone that is interested in becoming part of the club’s committee are more than welcome to attend the upcoming AGM and make their intentions known.

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The clubs under 16 team defeated Dergview 6 nil last Friday evening in a very sandy Melvin pitch 1. It was a result that was thoroughly deserved as they outplayed their near neighbours from the initial whistle. Two goals apiece from Corey Hayes and Conaire Stewart and 1 each by Sean Lynch and Aaron McCauley put the shine on a very polished performance from Warner Mullen’s charges.

The under 14 team travelled to Mountjoy on Monday evening and returned home with  4-2 victory after two goals apiece from captain Thomas McConnell and Dyan Peoples. A hard fought win with every squad member putting in a good shift.

The Strabane Athletic 1968 team members enjoying the club’s annual awards night last Saturday in Strabane Golf Club.

The Strabane Athletic 1968 team members enjoying the club’s annual awards night last Saturday in Strabane Golf Club.

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