The Importance of Play

Physical activity, through play and other activities, is important for children’s mental health and cognitive development as well as their physical health.

Children need play to survive and thrive. Play is a life-enhancing experience which fosters resilience, the ability to handle stress, challenges and setbacks.

These resources from McDonald’s can help children and young people to get out and play.

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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.

Preseason Training

Preseason training is scheduled to commence on Saturday 10th June 2017 with exact details of timings to be advised soon. If you would like to step up to Intermediate level football or have moved into the area and have senior / intermediate experience why not come along to the first session where you will be made very welcome.

Pre-Season Friendly Match Report: Ballynahinch United 5 – 2 Bloomfield

Ballynahinch United played Bloomfield on Saturday in an entertaining fixture. In the starting line up we had 16 year olds Alex Burtney and Jack Davis and manager Keith Hamilton can only be delighted with their contribution.

We got off to a terrible start when we conceded with a ball over the top in the opening minutes that was well finished by the visiting forward.

From that moment on United took control and started to play some free flowing football, driven on by the impressive partnership of Kennedy and Tate, who bossed the game all day long. It was 1-1 when Cheevers got on the end of a flowing move to finish well. United took the lead a few minutes later when the impressive Cheevers doubled his tally from a Kelly cross.

The second half started with the introduction of 17 year old Scott Cheevers who had a very impressive debut linking beautifully with brother Aaron to keep the visiting defence on edge. It wasn’t long until Aaron completed his hat-trick with a neat finish.

It was 4-1 to United midway through the second half when a lovely move fell into the stride of Jordan Kennedy, who took 2 touches and rifled the ball past the keeper from the edge of the box.

The 5th goal came from another 16 year old when Craig Tate took the ball down and beat the keeper impressively.

One of the highlights of the day was when Adam Herron made his comeback from injury after over a year out and he looked like he was never away.

With 8 first team regulars missing Keith Hamilton will have plenty of choices to make before the season starts.