New youth team entered into Division 4 for Rathfriland FC

Paul Kirk talking to players at training after Tuesday evening`s session.
Paul Kirk talking to players at training after Tuesday evening`s session.

With the growing numbers of both youth and senior players at Rathfriland FC, the club has recently received confirmation of an entry to the Mid Ulster Reserve Division 4 League.

This team will be managed by Alex Scott and assisted by Alan Ervine and will be primarily a youth team, especially as a succession stream from the older age groups of the fabulous youth academy under the leadership of Lindsay Bronte.

This is a fantastic reflection of the growth and atmosphere in and around the club and the club pass their best wishes to Alex, Alan and the boys in their inaugural season in the Mid Ulster Reserve Division 4.

Pre-season friendlies

With pre season well under way anticipation is already building ahead of Rathfriland`s two big home friendlies.

On Saturday 23rd “The Whites” host Premier League Champions Crusaders, a connection formed amongst last season`s Irish Cup glory trail and the following Wednesday evening, 26th July, they also will host neighbours Warrenpoint Town.

With the new season looming ever faster in August these two friendlies will be enough to whet the appetite!

Some friendlies already organised are as follows:-

Rathfriland v Crusaders 23rd July - 2.30pm ko

Rathfriland v Warrenpoint 26th July - 7.45pm ko

Abbey Villa v Rathfrialnd 30th July- ko tbc.

18th Newtownabbey v Rathfriland (double header) 2nds 1.00pm ko, 1sts 2.45pm ko, 6th August.

Club Membership for the 2016 / 17 season has commenced.

As well as players and officials any supporter or member of the general public who is interested in becoming a member please see any of the office bearers or any member of the committee.

This season`s fee is the same as the previous season at £40 employed and £20 for student / unemployed.

A big thank you to those club members who turned out last Tuesday and Thursday to pitch fork the pitch and to paint the white posts surrounding Iveagh Park. Well done all.

Committee meeting

The July committee meeting will take at the clubrooms on Tuesday 19th July at 7pm.

A big thank you to Colin Frazer of Frazers Animal Feeds for supplying the water holding tanks for the pre season ice baths. Much appreciated by the committee.