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Eddie Coulter
Eddie Coulter

LISBURN JUNIOR INVITATIONAL LEAGUE

LISBURN Utd, who have played for many years in the Craigavon U18 League, have entered a team in the Lisburn Junior Invitational League at U13 level for the coming season.

The entries are slightly down this season, but there is no shortage of new talent with teams from Carrick, Camlough, Newry City, Solway Willowbank and Craigavon among the first time entrants.

The make-up of the League at present is 14 teams at U11 level; 13 at U12; 16 at U13; 12 at U14; 16 at U15; U16, 15; U, 13.

Newhill Youth have been forced to withdraw one of their older teams because of defections to the senior ranks.

The programme commences on Saturday, September 1.

SOUTH ANTRIM LEAGUE

THE South Antrim League will have two divisions with 14 teams in each during the new season, which starts on Saturday, September 1.

Two new teams, Cregagh Wanderers and Sandy Row, will play in the Premier Division. Sandy Row are managed by Stephen Irvine, who managed Dunmurry YM a few years ago as well as spells at Blythefield and Kelvin OB.

Back defending the Premier Division title are Ballymacash YM and opposition will again come from Lambeg Rangers, who won two cups last term and Sporting Lisburn, twice finished runners-up..

Promoted from Division One are Colin Valley III, last season's winners, and First Lisburn, who both will be hoping to hold their own in the top flight. South Antrim stay in the Premier Division as Finaghy Utd and Village Rec dropped out last year.

Lisburn Rangers will field a third eleven for the firs time and they will play in Division One along with CE Utd, set up by his family in memory of the late Eddie Coulter, the former Manchester Utd scout. The team will be managed by one of his grandsons, Paul Hinds.

Braniel YM II were not re-admitted to the League.

New team will honour Eddie

A NEW team formed in Lisburn will honour the memory of former Manchester Utd chief scout in Northern Ireland Eddie Coulter and will take up the cudgels of his philosophy to bring the community together through football.

Eddie's eldest grandson, Paul Hines, suggested the idea of forming the club, FC Utd Lisburn, after much deliberation within the family on how best to honour Eddie's memory.

Paul has taken on the role of manager and would like to thank the family circle and close friends who have supported him in what he is trying to achieve.

FC Utd Lisburn are a cross-community club, fully committed to Eddie's philosophy of bringing the community together through football.

The club recently raised £1,600 for the Friends of Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital, who will be their nominated charity.

Their efforts on the field of play will surely be dedicated as will their efforts in supporting work in the community.

Lambeg may face Ballymacash

THE holders of the Ironside Cup, Lambeg Rangers should face South Antrim League champions, Ballymacash YM, in the second round of the Ironside Cup.

The Young Men have a first round bye and Rangers should win away to Dunmurry Inn FC to set up the second round clash.

First round: Lambeg Star v Belvoir FC, Moira Albion II v South Antrim, Sporting Lisburn II v Lisburn Athletic, Glaston v Colin Valley III, First Lisburn v Victoria Athletic, Sandy Row v Ballymacash YM II, Dunmurry Inn v Lambeg Rangers, Warren YM v Lisburn Rangers III, Sporting Lisburn v FC Utd, Roseville v Glenavy III, Orangefield OB III v Lambeg Rangers II, Bloomfield III v Cregagh Wanderers..

Second round: Lambeg Star/Belvoir FC v Braniel YM, Moira Albion II/South Antrim v Sporting Lisburn II/Lisburn Athletic, Glaston/Colin Valley III v Belvoir FC II, First Lisburn/Victoria Athletic v Sandy Row/Ballymacash YM II, Dunmurry Inn/Lambeg Rangers v Ballymacash YM II, Warren YM/Lisburn Rangers III v Sporting Lisburn/FC Utd, Roseville/Glenavyy III v Ballynafeigh YM, Orangefield OB III/Lambeg Rangers II v Bloomfield III/Cregagh Wanderers.