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Ballymoney United review season at annual awards dinner

Ballymoney United Football C;lub held their annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum on Saturday evening.

Guests were welcomed by Club Chairman Noel Lamont who gave a brief overview of the season past when Ballymoney United challenged strongly for honours, finishing behind Strabane Athletic in the Ballymena Premier League.

He also thanked the hard-working club committee, the players and officials and said the club were already looking forward to next season.

The Chairman went on to say, although the club had no trophies to show for their hard work, it was nonetheless a successful season for Ballymoney United and congratulated Strabane, undoubtedly the best team in the league, on winning the title.

However, the emphasis was very much on youth during the evening. All speakers praised the club’s youth policy in bringing players through a successful Ballymoney United Youth Academy through to the first team, especilly from the development of players at under-16, under-18 and in the Reserve team, creating a perfect pathway through youth, junior, reserves and onto first team.

With a growing and thriving youth set-up, the club’s youth policy is paying dividends.

However, there was no denying the star of the evening, Gerard Gillen, now in his tenth season at the club whose popularity was evident by the amount of silverware he collected during the evening . . . and, perhaps there is yet another season in the tank for the Ballymoney talisman.

The awards commenced when Jamie McCooke, manager Ballymoney United Reserves, gave an overview of how well the Reserves had played during the season.

He also thanked the club committee for all the help received in running Ballymoney Reserves in the Coleraine and District League. Jamie outlined his role in bringing players through the Reserves and when a player is showing promise, they are passed through to the first team. In turn, players showing promise at Under-16 and Under-18 are invited through to the Reserves.

The theme was continued when first team managers Stuart McMullan and Lee McClelland came to giving out their awards. No doubt the star of the evening was Gerard Gillen who went home with an armful of awards and a commitment to continuing as a player next season.

Special mention was made to Billy Dickey who was unable to attend the awards ceremony for his outstanding contribution to the club during match days and training nights.

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Ballymoney United Reserves Leading Goalscorer Scott Mullan receives his award from Neill Thompson at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United Reserves Young Player of the Year Scott Mullan receives his award from Neill Thompson at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United Reserves Manager’s Player of the Year Matthew Johnston receives his award from Neill Thompson at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United Reserves Players’ Player of the Year James Drain receives his award from Neill Thompson at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United Leading Goalscorer Matthew Knight receives his award from Lee McClelland and Stuart McMullan at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United joint Young Player of the Year winners Matthew Knight and Reece Watton, receive their awards from Lee McClelland and Stuart McMullan at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United Manager’s Player of the Year Gerard Gillen receives his award from Lee McClelland and Stuart McMullan at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United Players’ Player of the Year Gerard Gillen receives his award from Lee McClelland and Stuart McMullan at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United Supporters’ Player of the Year Reece Watton receives his award from Lee McClelland Noel Lamont, Nikita Lamont and Stuart McMullan at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United Manager’s Player of the Year ‘s Gerard Gillen receives an award from Lee McClelland and Stuart McMullan for loyality and service at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United’s Jordan Craig receives an award for outstanding commitment, assistance to the managers, and dedication to the club from Lee McClelland and Stuart McMullan at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United’s Gerard Gillen receives an award for outstanding commitment, assistance to the managers, and dedication to the club from Lee McClelland and Stuart McMullan at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Ballymoney United’s Stuart McMullan receives an award for outstanding commitment, and dedication to the club from Lee McClelland and club chairman Noel Lamont at the club’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum. Stuart is taking a break from football in the short term and has received thanks and best wishes from Ballymoney United for the future.

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Pictured at Ballymoney United’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Pictured at Ballymoney United’s annual dinner and dance in the Hedges Hotel, Stranocum.

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Maurice Bradley