Prior to The Swifts kick off on saturday at the Millbridge, Club Chairman Gilbert Cromie made a presentation to Ballynahinch War Memorial Fund to Committee member Andrew Carlisle on behalf of the club. The Millbridge Grounds were originally provided as a recreational facility for Ballynahinch after the Great War.
Ballynahinch United completed their programme of preseason friendly matches when they entertained a Crusaders Select team at the Millbridge. United took the lead midway through the half when Stuart Hunter pounced on a loose ball to drill home. The home side had numerous opportunities with Matty Shaw, Gareth McMullan and Ethan Majury going close with headers.
In the second half both managers made wholesale changes and the visitors equalised. The game was well attended and the club had a barbecue going throughout the afternoon as a fund raiser. Many thanks to all those who assisted in anyway on the day.
One of the most pleasing aspects of the preseason friendly games has been the introduction of a number of the under 17 squad and what a breath of fresh air they have proved to be. The hard work that Ballynahinch Youth has put in over the years looks like there will be a steady stream of young players challenging for places in the adult teams.
Everyone at Ballynahinch Youth is to be congratulated on the excellent work that they are undertaking.
This Saturday, United commence their 2015/16 league programme with a local derby against Ballynahinch Olympic at home. The kick off is at 2pm and as a large crowd is expected supporters of both teams are encouraged to come early to avoid congestion on the road. There is adequate car parking at Millbridge. Admission will be £3 for adults and children under 16 are free.
The committee of BUFC would like to express their thanks to BEC Electrical for proving a new team strip once again. Also our thanks to CEF – City Electrical Factors for providing match sponsorship for last Saturdays match.
Anyone wishing to sponsor a match during the season should contact a committee member. We are very grateful to those individuals and businesses who have provided support so far this season it is really appreciated.
Preparations continue for the new season with United having played a number of friendly matches against 18th Newtownabbey, Ardglass and Drumaness while the 2nds got their programme up and running with a game against local rivals Ballynahinch Olympic.
This Saturday United entertain a Crusaders Select side at the Millbridge with Kick Off at 2pm. Following the game there will be a BBQ Fund Raiser with admission £5. The club would very much appreciate a good turnout of players and supporters to get the season up and running.
The first game of the season will be a league match at Millbridge on sat 8th August when United entertain local rivals Ballynahinch Olympic. The kick off will be at 2pm and admission will be £3.
Ballynahinch Youth are having an informal get together on Saturday evening [27th June 2015] at The Millbridge clubhouse to raise some funds for young Naz who has been selected for the Under 14 Elite squad to play in Spain next week.
The South Belfast youth league put £25,000 into getting the squad to Spain however they ask that the player makes a contribution of their own and this is to help out a little.
Its a big achievement for Naz and we are all really pleased for him so if anyone is available even for a short time they are invited to come down from 7-10.30pm. There will be a quiz and a few other surprises to support this talented young footballer.
The clubs annual Last Man Standing fundraiser starts on Saturday 31st January 2015. It costs £10 to play.
We need as many people as possible to participate so that it ups the prize money total.
Pick a different team each week from the Premier League to win. If your team doesn’t win then you are out – simples.
If interested please contact Scotty or Jesser with a text or via Facebook before 12 noon on the Saturday before games.