Will teams survive in new league?

The new Division Two in the South Antrim League contains five new reserve teams connected with teams already in the League and the question to ask - will all these teams survive?

Are there enough footballers of this standard in Lisburn to support all these teams or will some fold even before a ball is kicked in the new season?

The new teams connected to current South Antrim clubs are Warren YM II, Ballymacash YM III, FC Utd Lisburn II, Lambeg Rangers II and Braniel YM II, who missed out last season.

Several of these clubs have already appealed for new players, particularly of any standard. Undoubtedly the standard in Division Two will not be especially high and teams like Glenavy III and Cregagh Wanderers can probably look forward to a more successful season along with Lisburn Athletic.

The second elevens are unknown for quality and the three new boys cannot really be assessed. Newtown Forest III are connected with two teams in the North Down League, Carrowdore YM are a new club in the Ards Peninsula area and Clonduff YM II along with their firsts who are in Division One, played in the Old Boys League.

Taking a step up to Division One, Stranmillis II played in the MId Ulster League but they are based in Dunmurry and several of their players come from the Belfast area. Clonduff have also a team in this division.

The question about teams surviving has already been answered as Lambeg Star have dropped out - though they, of course, were in the Premier.

Good news for Orangefield OB III, who will now flex their muscles in the top flight, while Moira Albion II come in to take Orangefield’s place in Division One. First Lisburn come down from the top tier.