Thank you to Shoefair Sports, Banbridge for their generous sponsorship of Goalkeeper Gloves for Ronan Burns, who is representing this year’s Junior Squad.
Thank you to Darren Martin, owner of Nicdar Tiles (Hanwood Business Park, Dundonald) for his generous sponsorship of Harry Wilson, who is representing this year’s Junior Squad.
Thank you to each of the following for their generous sponsorship of Jamie McDerby, who is representing this year’s Premier Squad.
1. Saddle or Sail Inn, Killough2. Eurospar, Ardglass3. Smyth’s Munch Box catering van4. Ardglass Community Centre
Thank you to Tracy Ferguson from K2 Scaffolding for their generous sponsorship of Scott Atchison, who is representing this year’s Junior Squad.
Thank you to each of the following for their generous sponsorship of Ruairi McKevitt, who is representing this year’s Premier Squad.
1. Grounded Newry
2. Pat O’Hare Bookmakers
3. S&S Communications
4. Windmill Stars Football Club
Thank you to Bonny’s Caravan Park for their generous sponsorship of Reece Doyle, who is representing this year’s Premier Squad.
Thank you to each of the following for their generous sponsorship of Connall Murray, who is representing this year’s Premier Squad.
1. Newcastle Quinn’s Bar
2. Lick Gelato
Thank you to Warren Patton of Patton’s Bakery for his generous sponsorship of Dylan Sloan, who is representing this year’s Junior Squad.
Thank you to Brian Reid Director of Delilites for his generous sponsorship of Seamus Og McNulty, who is representing this year’s Junior Squad.
As they prepare for their opening games in the this season’s STATSports SuperCup NI, a player who has been catching the eye with his performances for the County Down Junior squad in their warm up games, is Holywood’s Harry Wilson.
Picking up the Down player of the tournament in the Gerry Reynolds Memorial Cup, the central defender has continued to impress with a maturity on the pitch beyond his years.
While his own performances no doubt mean a lot, there is also an awareness that success is also built upon those around him, with the Glentoran player noting
“It is good to play with my fellow team mates, as it raises standards in training……There is a really good chemistry in the team, as lots of us know each other, and even the ones who don’t know each other are starting to, so it is good”.
And it isn’t just his performances that have been standing out, with Manager Gary McAlister seeing qualities that have led to the appointment of Harry as captain, who was keen to emphasise how proud he was at the achievement, especially for his family.
Looking back at their games to date, Wilson acknowledged that while there had many positives to take away to date, the team had also been sloppy in parts, which they will continue to work on and ensure they aren’t repeated in the main event.
For the tournament itself the prospect of playing in front of a large crowd on the opening day is something that is finding an appeal with the player, who also cannot wait to pit himself against the opposition.
“I played against two of the teams last year for Club NI and they were both strong and fast, so they will be a good test”. Acknowledging it will not be an easy task against O’Higgins he continued “I am really looking forward to playing against them, as they are in Pot 1 and obviously a good side who have been there in previous years”.
In terms of his side’s chances in the tournament Wilson left no doubt that he is there to win it, but also shared a sense of realism by adding that his main aim was for the team to play as well as they can and then see where the results take them.
On the appointment of his captain, Manager Gary McAlister was keen to add
“From early on we spotted the leadership potential within Harry. He is an excellent player who has played at the highest level for a number of years, so with that brings experience. Harry has a great game understanding and holds himself to the highest standard. I feel he will be a great voice for me and the staff”.