News from the sidelines

RATHFRILAND RANGERS (FIRSTS) FIXTURES (AMATEUR LEAGUE) - Thursday August 30 – league – home to Saintfield – KO 6.30pm; Saturday September 1 – home to Downpatrick FC in Border Cup. KO 2pm; Saturday September 8 – Fixture TBC; Saturday September 15 – away to Desertmartin first round JJB Irish Cup

RATHFRILAND SWIFTS (SECONDS) FIXTURES (RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP) - Saturday September 1 – Marshall Cup – Glenavy V Swifts; Saturday September 8 – Fixture TBC

RATHFRILAND SWIFTS RESERVES (THIRDS) FIXTURES (RESERVE DIVISION 4) - Tuesday August 28 – Damolly Reserves V Swifts Reserves (6.30pm ko); Saturday September 1 – Coalisland Athletic Reserves V Swifts Reserves; Saturday September 8 – Fixture TBC.

TWO BIG HOME GAMES FOR RANGERS - Rathfriland Rangers have a big week ahead of them as they take on two fixtures in three days. Firstly on Thursday night they take on Saintfield Utd in a league fixture at Iveagh Park, the game having a 6.30pm kick off. On Saturday Rangers then enter the Border Cup for the second week in a row with a home fixture against Downpatrick FC. The visitors defeated much improved Ballynahinch in the previous round while Rathfriland have been the only team to beat the `Hinch in the league this season. This sets up a very interesting fixture against the Division 1A side but on home turf, The Whites will be hard to beat. Saturday`s fixture has a 2pm kick off.

SWIFTS READY TO GO! - Rathfriland Swifts will kick off their season this Saturday with an away fixture to Glenavy at Moira Demesne in the 1st round of the Marshall Cup. Glenavy have already one cup under their belt this season but the Swifts will be looking to throw the proverbial spanner in their works! Kick off 2pm.

SWIFTS RESERVES UP AND RUNNING - Rathfriland Swifts Reserves will travel in the league tonight (Tuesday) for a derby fixture against Damolly while on Saturday they will travel to Coalisland Athletic for an away fixture in the 1st round of the O`Hara Cup. Kick off 2pm.

COMMITTEE MEETING - The September committee meeting will take place at the clubrooms on Tuesday September 18 at 7pm. Please note the new earlier start time.

RATHFRILAND FC YOUTH - Rathfriland FC Youth section of the club is back in full swing after the summer recess with training continuing on Wednesday evenings at Iveagh Park from 7 – 8pm.

Annual membership fees for the 2012/13 season is one child £25, two children £40, three or more £50, U8s £5. All existing and new players welcome.

MID ULSTER CUP DRAW - Rahfriland Rangers have drawn Valley Rangers away in the 1st round of the Mid Ulster Cup on Saturday September 22.

50 FOR BECKO - Well done to Rathfriland Rangers player Ally Beck who scored his 50th goal for the club in the 6–0 cup win against Richhill.

PIXIE`S LOT! - What about former Rathfriland FC player Ryan ‘Pixie’ Moffatt who had a nice wee lunch with him while watching his former Rathfriland team mates against Ballynhinch on Thursday night. After his sandwich he had a lovely piece of chocolate cake with a smartie on top! Stevie Brannigan was eyeing it up too – I think Pixie brought it home from the kids soccer camp!!