Touchline Talk with Eric Annett

RANGERS HOME TO BALLYNURE IN IRISH CUP - Rathfriland Rangers this Saturday host Ballynure FC in the fourth round Irish Cup match at Iveagh Park. Having already disposed of teams above them in this competition this season, Rathfriland will have no qualms about locking horns with a team from the intermediate section of the Ballymena & Provincial League. This is a massive game as a place in the next round could see a tie with the big boys! Kick off 1.30pm.

SWIFTS AWAY IN DERBY CUP MATCH - Rathfriland Swifts this Saturday travel to Castlewellan Road, Banbridge for an away cup fixture in the first round of the Wilmor Johnston Memorial Cup. This is the Reserve Championship league cup and after collecting the three points away to Lurgan Celtic in the league last Saturday, Rathfriland will be confident of securing a path to the next round of the competition. KO 1.30pm.

SWIFTS RESERVES HOME TO BLUES - Rathfriland Swifts Reserves this Saturday will host Armagh Blues Reserves in a league fixture at Ingram Park. It`s bottom versus top with Rathfriland being the firm favourites to collect the three points to add to their collection at the summit of Reserve Division 4. Kick off 2pm.

COLTS HOME TO BALLYKINLAR - Rathfriland Colts this Saturday host Ballykinlar in a league fixture at Ingram Park. The young team are gaining a lot of experience in this league and will be hoping to collect the three home points. Kick off 2pm.

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

THANKS TRIM TECH - A big thankyou to Jason Trimble of Trim Tech Graphics who helped repair some of the transfers on Rathfriland Rangers kit in a short time frame in time for the recent Border Cup semi final.

BORDER CUP FINAL - Pencil it in now folks – Border Cup Final - Thursday December 27 at 2pm, Seaview. Watch this space for details!

CUP FINAL SPOSNORSHIP - If anyone is looking to sponsor Rathfriland Rangers in any way for the Border Cup Final on Thursday December 27, please could they contact Chairman Junior Murray or Commercial Manager Dessie Davenport

FUEL TO THE FIRE! - What about the situation on Saturday where Rathfriland Rangers player Ally Wilson had the last laugh on his team mates Ally Evans and Scott Ward. Before training at the club on Saturday afternoon, Wilson drove his car with the fuel light on from Newcastle back home to Banbridge and back to Rathfriland – it must have been going on air by the time he got to Iveagh Park! However with Wilson not returning home after training, Ally Evans accompanied by Scott Ward had the responsibility of taking Ally`s car home – yes you`ve guessed it – the boys wern`t at Annaclone till the phone call came through from Ally Evans about the lack of fuel with Scott Ward in the background questioning “Does this thing take petrol or diesel!”

SPONSORS DAY - The now annual Rathfriland FC Sponsors Day will take place this Saturday at the clubrooms. The Sponsors day is now a massive day in the calendar of Rathfriland FC where the club gives something back to all those who have been supportive to the club financially and in so many other ways over the last 12 months. This all co-incides with Rangers fourth round JJB Irish Cup tie against Ballynure OB at Iveagh Park with the winners heading into the draw for the fifth round with the proverbial big boys from the Irish League! This should be a great day for the club and all involved - All sponsors are asked to attend at 12.30pm for the start of proceedings.

RATHFRILAND FC YOUTH WINTER TRAINING: The youth team’s training will move to Rathfriland Leisure Center from this week as follows:

U8 - Tuesday - 6-7pm; U9 - Monday - 7-8pm; U10 - Tuedsay - 7-8pm; U11 - Monday - 7-8pm; U12 - Wednesday - 7-8pm; U13 - Wednesday - 7-8pm; U15 - Tuesday - 8-9pm

All new players will be welcome.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - Saturday December 15 – Rathfriland FC Christmas Dinner; Thursday December 27 – Border Cup Final, Seaview.

SENTRY DUTY - Saturday December 8 - Chub, Wilto, Rodney; Saturday December 15 – Mark I, Lindsay, Karen.