Colts canter to the title as new manager wanted

Rathfriland Colts, captained by Allen Ervine, won the Newcastle and District League Division Three title on Saturday.
Rathfriland Colts, captained by Allen Ervine, won the Newcastle and District League Division Three title on Saturday.

All the latest news from Rathfriland FC in this week’s Touchline Talks.

COLTS GALLOP TO THE TITLE

Rathfriland Colts skipper Allen Ervine and boss Robert Keown show off the trophy.

Rathfriland Colts skipper Allen Ervine and boss Robert Keown show off the trophy.

Rathfriland Colts have won the Newcastle and District League McCalls Division Three title.

With one game remaining, they have secured the league despite losing out to Ballynahinch on Saturday. With other results going their way, it was jubilation and ecstasy for Robbie Keown’s boys who have been brilliant all season long. With still one game remaining away to Ballyvea, it looks as though they will win it at a canter.

RATHFRILAND COLTS MANAGER

Rathfriland FC invite applicants for Manager for the 2016 / 17 season of Rathfriland Colts who will play in Newcastle & District League Division Two. Please contact Club Secretary Trevor Weir on 07980853720. Closing date Saturday 7th May 2016.

Celebrations begin after Rathfriland Colts sealed the title.

Celebrations begin after Rathfriland Colts sealed the title.

FIXTURE BOARD

SAT 30TH APRIL

RANGERS

This Saturday Rangers host Lisburn Rangers in top of the table league fixture at Iveagh Park.

With four games left for each club to play after this one, this could be a title winning game and is a real six pointer at this late stage of the season. Two more wins will mean Rathfriland being promoted as Champions.

Prime match for Sponsors Day at the club – kick off 2pm.

RANGERS RESERVES

Rangers Reserves this Saturday have no listed fixture.

COLTS

Colts this Saturday have no listed fixture.

TOP RANGERS’ NAFL DIVISION 1A TABLE

P PTS

Rathfriland Rangers 21 52

Comber Rec 24 47

Lisburn Rangers 21 46

RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE

1 Lurgan Celtic Reserves 19 47

2 Annagh United Reserves 20 42

3 Armagh City Reserves 18 41

4 Valley Rangers Reserves 20 40

5 Rathfriland Swifts 23 34

RANGERS’ REMAINING FIXTURES

Tue 26th Apr - Home to Dunmurry Rec. 6.45pm.

Sat 30th Apr - Home to Lisburn Rangers. Ko 2pm.

Tue 3rd May – Home to Abbey Villa – Ko 6.45pm.

Sat 7th May – Away to Larne Tech OB – Ko 2pm

Tue 10th May – Home to Killyleagh YC – Ko 7pm.

TBC - Home to Dunmurray Rec.

APRIL COMMITTEE MEETING

The May committee meeting will take place at the clubrooms tonight Tuesday 17th May at 7pm.

SPONSORS DAY AT IVEAGH PARK

All roads lead to Iveagh Park this weekend with the now traditional Sponsors Day taking place at the club in the run up to the important NAFL Division 1A league tie between Rathfriland Rangers and Lisburn Rangers.

All sponsors are asked to meet at 12noon with lunch being served prior to kick off. This is a massive day in the life of Rathfriland FC where the club in some small way gives something back in recognition to all those who have supported the club in many ways over the last year. Rangers are on a great run of form at the moment sitting top of the league and hopefully the football will match the pre match festivities resulting in another fabulous and memorable day in the life of Rathfriland FC.

MATCHBALL SPONSOR

A massive thank-you to Stephen Wilton who is sponsoring the match ball for Saturday`s Rathfriland FC Sponsors Day Division 1A league clash against Lisburn Rangers at Iveagh Park. Stephen`s father George is fondly remembered by everyone at the football club and this is another super gesture towards the club in his memory. Much appreciated by the Rathfriland FC committee.

MATCHDAY SPONSOR

Another massive thanks to Jason Hamilton of Carnbrook Meats, Dromara who is the Match Day sponsor for the Rathfriland FC Sponsors Day Division 1A league clash against Lisburn Rangers at Iveagh Park. Carnbrook have sponsored the club previously and this continued support is very welcome by the Rathfriland FC committee.

RANGERS PLAYERS MAKE UEFA REGIONS’ CUP SQUAD

Congratulations to Rathfriland Rangers players Tommy Lockhart and Shane Harrison who have been selected for the UEFA Regions’ Cup Qualifiers – Northern Ireland Eastern Region Squad for the following matches:

Monday 16 May 2016 – Armagh City FC, Holm Park, Armagh – Eastern Region v Western Region – kick-off: 7.45pm

Wednesday 25 May 2016 – Moyola Park FC, Mill Meadow, Castledawson – Western Region v Eastern Region – kick-off: 7.45pm

Well done lads and best wishes from everyone at Rathfriland FC for successful matches.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Rathfriland FC player Lee McDowell and his wife Samantha on the birth of their baby boy Joshua.

GOLF DAY

A reminder to everyone that the upcoming Rathfriland FC Golf Day will take place on Friday 20th May at Banbridge Golf Club teeing off between 12 noon and 4pm.

All four balls welcome at cost of £30 per person which includes green fees and meal. Prizes for first, second and third, nearest the pin and longest drive. This always a fantastic day in the calendar of the club and anyone interested please contact Trevor Weir on 07980853720 or Roy Annett on 07798733362 or any member of the committee.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

The Rathfriland FC annual dinner dance and awards night will be held in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry on Saturday 28th May.

LAST PERSON STANDING

Congratulations to Mark Hutchinson who has won the Last Person Standing competition picking Leicester in the weekend’s games. Thanks also to committee member Alan Wilson for his organization of the competition.

SYMPATHY

Sympathy from Rathfriland FC goes to the Davenport and Mills families on their recent bereavement.

RANGERS RESERVES MANAGER

Rathfriland FC invite applicants for Manager for the 2016 / 17 season of Rangers Reserves who play in Mid Ulster Reserve Championship League. Please contact Club Secretary Trevor Weir on 07980853720. Closing date Saturday 7th May 2016.

SENTRY DUTY

SAT 30TH APRIL

Roy Annett

Mark Bickerstaff

Eric Annett

HOT SHOTS

RANGERS

Ally Wilson 28

James Costello 27

Tommy Lockhart 10

Darren McGrath 8

Marty Havern 5

John Scanell 5

Ross Black 5

Aaron Black 4

Connor Larkin 4

Marty Havern 4

Chris Havern 3

Kyle McVerry 2

Connor Fegan 1

RANGERS RESERVES

Philly Main 8

Cathal Tumilty 5

Andrew Stewart 5

Josh Buchanan 4

Neil McCracken 4

Kyle Heslip 4

Tommy Lockhart 3

Ben Clydesdale 2

Ally Wilson 2

Brian Magennis 2

Ryan Williamson 2

James Costello 2

Mark Weir 2

Stephen Stewart 2

Niall Maginn 1

Michael McArdle 1

Lee Feeney 1

Marty Havern 1

Aaron Megaw 1

Ryan Clydesdale 1

Mark Weir 1

COLTS

Niall Maginn 17

Ryan Hillen 5

Miceal McCardle 5

John O’Hagan 4

Alan Ervine

Jordan Mark 3

Conan Power 3

Kyle Heslip 3

Gavin Duffy 2

Cathal Tumelty 2

Micky Johnson 1

William Martin 1

Lee McDowell 1

James Ward 1

Lee McDowell 1