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2023/24 Season Awards

We held our end of season award ceremony on Friday 17th May, for our senior teams. For the first year our Under 18 players joined us.

We had a great evening at McConnells in Doagh, with over 100 in attendance.

Here’s the full list of winners:
U18 Top Goalscorer – Tiernan Floyd

U18 Most Improved – Kyle Fiddis

U18 Player’s Player of the Year – Reece Duff

U18 Player of the Year – Reece Duff

Ryan Tweedie Trophy for U21 Top Goalscorer – Michael Leetch & Danny Doyle

Raymond White Trophy for Most Improved U21 – Stuart Doyle

Michael Irvine Trophy for U21 Player’s Player of the Year – Cameron Moody

Pat McCourt Trophy for U21 Player of the Year – Jack Thompson

Archie Boyd Memorial Trophy for Supporters Club Clubperson of the Year – Zoe Tisdale

Supporters Club Player of the Year – Owen McConville

Jackie Patterson Memorial Trophy for Goal of the Season – Declan Breen

McMeekin Family Trophy for 1st Team Top Goalscorer – Darius Roohi

Josh Beggs Trophy for Young Player of the Year – Michael Morgan

Kirk Family Trophy for Player’s Player of the Year – Liam Hassin

Bobby Baird Trophy for Player of the Year – Gary Donnelly

Click on an image below to see the full gallery.

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Kicking Off a New Era at Ballyclare Comrades with £132,000 Council Funding

Work has kicked-off on the new 3G pitch at Dixon Park. This monumental development, made possible through the steadfast support of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, marks a significant milestone in the club’s history.

The project, made possible by £132,000 match funding from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, is a testament to the Council’s commitment to enhancing sports facilities across the Borough.

The Club is one of 17 sporting facilities in Northern Ireland to secure funding from the Irish FA and the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport Grassroots Facilities Investment Fund, which aims to improve and refurbish facilities to create a better grassroots football infrastructure foundation.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper expressed enthusiasm for the project, stating,

“Our commitment to investing in grassroots sports facilities is unmatched. We believe in the power of sports to bring communities together, and this substantial investment in Ballyclare Comrades Football Club’s new 3G pitch reflects our dedication to fostering a healthy and active lifestyle for our residents.”

Business Development Director at Ballyclare Comrades FC, Robert Fleck, was equally enthusiastic about the project, stating,

“This is an exciting time for the club. Over the last six years, we’ve grown from a traditional men’s football team into a community based club with over 550 members made up of boys and girls, men and women, ranging in age from 5 to 35. In addition, the club also has over 50 coaches and support staff.

We’re thankful that the Council has come on board to support this badly needed development, which will have a positive impact on Ballyclare and the surrounding areas. Last year we installed new floodlights and with other work we have brought the ground capacity up to 3,349. We are hopeful that the new 3G pitch scheduled to be completed by spring 2024 will help attract high profile games into the Borough.”

As well as £396,000 from the IFA and UK Government funds, and £132,000 from the Council, the club has taken out a loan of £145,000 to make this project happen. In addition, the club has future plans to build a new two-storey clubhouse which will also act as a community, health and well-being hub.

Pictured: Robert Fleck, Business Development Director at Ballyclare Comrades FC, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper,  Councillor Michael Stewart, Ballyclare Primary School pupil, Olivia Mawhinney, Councillor Helen Magill, and Councillor Vera McWilliam,

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Brian Healy Joins!

We are pleased to announce the signing of 19 year old Brian Healy on loan from Newry City until the end of the season. A forward player, Healy has made 16 appearances in the Sports Direct Premiership this season for City.

Manager Stephen Small commented: “Brian comes to us with Premiership pedigree as well as having been part of Newry’s Championship winning squad two seasons ago. He is strong, athletic and technical and will be a great attacking option as we enter a tough second half of the season.”

Brian will wear the number 16 jersey.

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We are delighted to announce the signing of 19 year-old striker Conal McWilliams-Small from Greenisland FC. The front man became a regular in the first team at Glenkeen Avenue over the last 18 months, and in that time he has made a huge impression scoring 51 goals in 53 appearances since the beginning of the 22/23 season.

Manager Stephen Small had this to say about our new number 14: “Conal is yet another exciting young player who comes to us with bags of potential. We look forward to working with him and hope that he will thrive in a Ballyclare shirt and push on to the next level.”

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McGreevy Signs!

We’re delighted to announce our second arrival of the January transfer window, which sees the arrival of Lee McGreevy from Knockbreda. Lee is a young player who joins us with plenty of experience in the Playr-Fit Championship having spent the last five and a half years at Breda Park where he made 84 appearances scoring 13 goals.

Assistant Manager Chris Ramsey said: “We are delighted to get Lee on board. He is someone with great technique and vision as well as an eye for a spectacular goal. He has great versatility and can play a number of different positions across midfield or the forward line and we look forward to seeing him in action.”

Lee will wear the number 23 shirt.

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Welcome Caolan Donnelly

Ballyclare Comrades is delighted to announce the signing of Caolan Donnelly on loan from Larne until the end of the season. A defensive midfielder, Donnelly wore the captain’s armband for Larne U20s this season, while he has also made one appearance in the Sports Direct Premiership for Larne.

Donnelly will wear the number 17 shirt during his time at the Comrades.

Manager Stephen Small commented: “I have known Caolan for almost 8 years through coaching. I’m delighted to link up with such a driven young player again and help further his development in his time with Ballyclare Comrades.”

We are also delighted to confirm that both Declan Breen and Michael Morgan will be extending their loans from Cliftonville until the end of the season.

In other transfer news, Ethan Simpson’s loan with the Comrades has been terminated due to injury and he has returned to Larne. We wish Ethan well for his recovery and all the best for the future.

Howard Beverland has also left the Club to join Bangor.