Causeway Chronicle

Coleraine 20’s to receive trophy on Thursday 

Michael Anderson catches up with proud manager Marty Smith.

Most of the attention on Monday night was focused on Windsor Park as Linfield and Larne battled it out for the Gibson Cup.

But there was also title celebrations going on at the Showgrounds!

Coleraine clinched the Under 20’s Premiership Development League.

And they did it in some style, with a 6-0 demolition of Larne.

“We’re delighted to win this league,” manager Marty Smith told Causeway Chronicle .

“We have been the most consistent team throughout the season and the players deserve full credit.

“They have worked hard in training and applied themselves well.”

This successful Coleraine team has scored well over 100 league goals this season and are unbeaten at the Showgrounds.

“Its been a real team effort, added Marty.

 “Some of our play against Larne on Monday to win it was as good as I’ve seen.

“And some players are only going to get better.”

Winning the league – coupled with some young players making senior first team appearances in recent weeks – shows the good work currently going on at Coleraine Academy.

“It shows that the pathway from youths to senior football is there.”

On a personal level, it is another accolade for highly respected coach Smith.

“From a personal point of view I am delighted as I have previously won the league at Under 16’s and 18’s.

“It’s a nice way to round it off.”

Having won the Super Cup in July, this  has been a season to remember for Marty.

“I would also like to thank my coaching team of Brian Devine, Gary Taylor and Ronnie Dealey for all the help, guidance and support throughout the season.

“They have had a significant role in this success.”

The buoyant Bannsiders played Carrick Rangers on Thursday in the final game of the season. “The players were delighged get presented with the league trophy” – a trophy the players and coaching staff have worked hard for and massive credit to them.

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Maurice Bradley