Causeway Chronicle

Tommy Elder on target to earn Balnamore Steele and Sons Shield

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Balnamore’s ace striker Tommy Elder popped up with the only goal of the game to earn Balnamore the Steele and Sons Shield, sponsored by the Railway Arms, Coleraine,

On an evening of dark clouds and a smattering of rain, Heights and Balnamore served up a worthy final of hard tackling, good football and above all a highly sporting to lighten the spirit of a good sized crowd who attended the final.

In the end, only Tommy Elder’s first half strike from the spot separated the teams at the final whistle to send Balnamore back to North Antrim with the prestigious trophy as a just reward for a good season of hard work and dedication.

Man of the Match: Kurt Wilson, Balnamore.

Following the final, Dessie Bradley, League Chairman, congratulated both teams on an excellent and entertaining final and thanked Portstewart for the use of their facilities.

The Steele and Sons Shield, sponsored by The railway Arms was presented to Balnamore captain, Robert Boreland by Tony Doherty, League Management Committee and the Man of the Match Award to Balnamore midfielder Kurt Wilson,

Balnamore 1 Joel Madison GK 4 Robert Boreland CP 5 Isaac Dunn 6 Lee Barr 7 Lee Kelly 8 Kurt Wilson 9 Thomas Elder 11 Adam McVicker 13 Chad Dobbin 14 Joel Christie 15 Trevor Parkhill Substitutions 2 Tony Kelly 3 Ricki Laverty 12 Stuart Walker 16 Rhys Keys 17 Reece Wallace 18 Aaron McLelland 19 Gareth Clyde

Heights 1 Jack Rodden GK CP 2 Kyle Whiteside 3 Che Bradley 4 Daniel Austin 5 Aaron Millar
6 Ryan Canning 7 Eoin Crawford 8 Adam Millar 9 Ryan Kealey 10 Mark Edgar 11 Graeme Maxwell Substitutions 12 John Neill 14 Sam McMullan 15 Jordan Grissam 16 Craig Pollock 17 Robert Donnell 18 Zac McCandless

Referee: Mark Millar
1st assistant: Robert McCaw, 2nd assistant: Rodney Culbertson 4th official: Paul Larkin

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Stranocum Youths player Riley Gurney pictured with Robert Boreland, captain, Balnamore and grandfather Phillip Gurney. Balnamore dedicated their Shield win to the memory of Riley’s dad Ryan, a Balnamore player and club stalwart who sadly passed away during December 2023.

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Tony Doherty, Coleraine and District League Management Committee who presented the Man of the Match Award to Balnamore’s Kurt Wilson.

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Dessie Bradley, Chairman, Coleraine and District League.

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Referee: Mark Millar, 1st assistant: Robert McCaw, 2nd assistant: Rodney Culbertson with teams captains Robert Boreland, Balnamore; Jack Rodden, Heights..

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Balnamore, winners of the Steele and Sons Shield, sponsored by the Railway Arms.

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Heights, runners-up in the Steele and Sons Shield, sponsored by the Railway Arms.

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