Glynn Robinson appointed first team manager

The club would like to announce the appointment of Glynn Robinson as first team manager. Glynn brings a wealth of experience of amateur league football both as a player and for the last 10 years in various coaching roles, most recently spending the last 2 years at Newcastle. Glynn is also a former United player and so is familiar with the club.

Glynn will be joined by assistant manager Dale Davidson who enjoyed a successful playing career, most notably with Killyleagh YC whom he later also managed.

We would like to wish both men good luck for the season ahead and into the future.

Further announcements regarding pre-season training will follow, where any new players who fancy a change or new challenge would be most welcome.

Applications for vacant 1st Team Manager Position

Following the resignation of Alan Davis as first team manager of Ballynahinch United the Officers, Committee and supporters would like to thank Alan and his management team of Paul Allison and Rab Carlisle for their efforts during the season. Their task had been made very difficult with the loss of a number of players during the close season. Despite this set back significant progress was made with a number of teenagers taking the field and doing outstandingly well and justifying their managers faith in them. The club is delighted that Alan, Paul and Rab will continue to play an active role within the club committee.

The club would like to invite applications for the vacant managers Expressions of interest should be sent to:

The Secretary
Ballynahinch United
25 Magaluf Park
Moneyreagh
Newtownards
BT23 6DA

or by e-mail to ballynahinchunited@hotmail.com

All applications must be with the Secretary by the 12noon on Thursday 31st May 2018.

Match Report: Ballynahinch United 3 v 0 Mossley YM

United entertained Mossley YM at Millbridge last Saturday and following what was a good day’s work they turned in a 3-0 win which gives if they repeat this performance in their remaining games they might just escape relegation.

This game burst into life in the 20th minute when Johnny Stevenson slammed home a shot from around the penalty spot during a scramble in the Mossley penalty area.

The visitors pressed for an equaliser but they created little and the defensive barrier of Davis, Patterson, Dickson and Stuart McMullan provided a platform for this victory given their straightforward approach to clearing their lines. John McMenamin provided a safe pair of hands in the goalkeeper position.

United’s midfield of Ian McMullan, Gavin Crawford, Ben Wilson and Scott Brashaw held the ball comfortably with Brashaw linking effectively with forwards Ross Murray and Johnny Stevenson.
In the second half United came out with a purpose not only to defend their lead but also to increase their it and it was teenager Ross Murray who as a constant thorn in the Mossley defence scored United’s second on 50 minutes when he smashed the ball home after good work by Stevenson. Crawford went close minutes later when he shot over after a serious bit of misunderstanding in the visitors defence.

On the hour mark Murray made it 3 -0 when the Mossley defence waited for an offside call against Stevenson however he had never made any attempt to go for the ball and the quick thinking teenager scampered onto the loose ball to coolly finish past the goal keeper.

Sadly the game got rather physical in the latter parts of the game and manager Alan Davis replaced a few of his senior players because of the danger of them being sent off such was the provocation being dished out. Greg Allison, John Hill and Ben Onuoha came into the game and played excellently to maintain one of the few clean sheets of United’ season so far.

Ballynahinch United Swifts secured a derby win against Drumaness when the two teams played each other at the Assumption playing fields on Saturday. A hat trick from Alan Massey and another from Craig Tate gave them a valuable three points.

The passing of Billy Hamilton Senior

The Trustees, Officers, Committee, members, players and supporters of Ballynahinch United F.C. wish to pass on our condolences to the Hamilton family on the passing of Billy [Senior].

Billy played for United in its very early days however it will be for his administrative role in the club over its almost five decades of existence for which he will best be remembered. Achieving Intermediate status and the ownership of the Millbridge ground stand as a permanent legacy to Billy’s hard work and those who were involved with him. Billy was not just an administrator he was also only too willing to roll up his sleeves and do any task that was required at the club including marking the pitch and putting up the nets well into his eighties. Those tasks stretched back to the club’s early occupancy of Bells Bridge in Dromara and later Langley Road before moving to Millbridge in the 1980’s.

In his role of Secretary Billy represented the club at the Newcastle & District Amateur and Northern Amateur Football League’s to which he also gave great service both as an office holder, committee member and representative on football’s governing bodies the IFA and the County Antrim F.A.

To his widow Sally and sons Billy [Junior], Graham and Wilson [Chico], who have also contributed so much to United, and the wider family circle we offer our sympathy to you at this time.

A service of thanksgiving for Billy’s life took place on Monday 11th December 2017 in Ballynahinch Congregational Church with interment afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.

Match Report: Ballynahinch United 3 v 2 Chimney Corner

United entertained Chimney Corner in this first round Intermediate Cup game at Millbridge last Saturday. The match had been scheduled to take place the previous week however a waterlogged ground had contributed to its cancellation.

The visitors were an unknown quantity however in the first fifteen minutes United’s goalkeeper Michael Vladeanu had made three one on one saves to keep his team in the game.

Central defender Alan Patterson went over on his ankle after twenty minutes and he was replaced by Alex Burtney with Corey Fitzpatrick switching to defence. At this point United had settled into the game and had forced a number of corners and saves from the visiting keeper. Within ten minutes on being on the pitch Alex Burtney has scored two goals following combinations with Ross Murray and Ian McMullan and his efforts were added to by Stuart McMullan who made it 3 – 0. In midfield David Kelly and Gavin Crawford worked tirelessly to deny the visitors possession while defensively Jack Davis, Scott Brashaw and the Fitzpatrick brothers Corey and Dylan stood up to anything that came at them.

Having gone in 3 – 0 up at half time things looked good for the home team however the second half turned out to be a stressful 45 minutes for management and supporters.

In fairness to Chimney Corner they came out all guns a blazing in the second half and their efforts were rewarded with a penalty on the hour mark which gave them something to fight for. United weathered the initial storm but could not find the fluency they had in the first half.Conceding another goal late in the game kept everyone on the edge of their seat to the end but credit to the players who battled hard to keep their win. United will entertain Mid Ulster side Craigavon City in the next round in mid-November.