Touchline Talks - Notes from Rathfriland FC

The Rathfriland Rangers support that filled the stand at the Bangor Fuels Arena last Saturday.
The Rathfriland Rangers support that filled the stand at the Bangor Fuels Arena last Saturday.

All the latest news from Irish Cup fifth round-bound Rathfriland FC.

RATHFRILAND SUPPORT

Well done to the Rathfriland FC band of supporters who were in attendance in huge numbers at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday.

Abbey Villa also had a large turn out to help really fill the stadium more so than for many an Irish League game. The Rathfriland fans were terrific and even the players applauded them coming off the pitch.

COACH TO BIG GAME

All roads will lead to the Shore Road, Belfast on Saturday for the large travelling contingent of Rathfriland supporters to get to the big 5th round Tennants Irish Cup tie against Crusaders. To help you get there a coach will leave Church Square Rathfriland at 1.15pm SHARP on Saturday afternoon for the 3pm kick off. All those interested please give your name to Mervyn Groves (07752884628), Junior Murray (07510399670) or Lindsay Bronte (07720437573) (re RFC Youth) or any member of the committee by Wednesday 6th January.

Cost will be £5 per adult with children travelling free.

FACE IN THE CROWD.

One interesting face in the crowd at the Abbey Villa v Rathfriland game at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday was Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter. Baxter, having a free Saturday after his Crusaders side played Linfield at Windsor Park the day before on New Years Day, ran his eye over the Rathfriland performance and must surely have been impressed but he will be doing all he can this coming Saturday to make sure Rathfriland do not go back up the motorway in good spirits.

HOW THET GOT THERE

Tue 18th Aug - first round - Bye

Sat 3rd Oct - second round - 1 - 0 v Crewe Utd

Sat 7th Nov - third round - 4 - 2 v Sirocco Works

Sat 2nd Jan - fourth round - 0 - 4 v Abbey Villa

FOURTH ROUND MATCHDAY SPONSOR - KENNETH McKNIGHT

Matchday sponsor for the fourth round Tennant’s Irish Cup game against Abbey Villa was Kenneth McKnight. Kenneth has been a regular sponsor of Rathfriland FC over the years and the club are indebted to him again for his continued support.

FIFTH ROUND MATCHDAY SPONSOR - MEGAW PERSONAL TRAINING

The main sponsor for this Saturday’s massive Tennants Irish Cup fifth round game against Crusaders is Megaw Personal Training.

Business owner Adrian Megaw has sponsored the club in many different ways and is pleased to be associated with the biggest game in the club’s history. The committee are again indebted to Adrian for his continued support.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Rathfriland FC player Ally Wilson and his wife Lynn on the birth of their baby boy Finlay last week. Ally has the number 10 shirt at the ready!

DECEMBER COMMITTEE MEETING

The January committee meeting will take place at the clubrooms Tuesday 19th January at 7pm.

RATHFRILAND FC YOUTH TRAINING

Rathfriland FC Youth training is currently being held at Rathfriland High School 3G. U6 TO U10 Monday 7 - 8pm. U17 to U19 Monday 8 to 9pm. U11 to U13 Wednesday 7 - 8pm. U14 and U15 8 - 9pm Wednesday.

SENTRY DUTY - SAT 9TH JAN

Roy Annett

Mark Bickerstaff

Eric Annett

HOT SHOTS

RANGERS

James Costello 18

Ally Wilson 17

Darren McGrath 5

Tommy Lockhart 5

Ross Black 4

Connor Larkin 3

John Scanell 3

Marty Havern 3

Kyle McVerry 2

Darren McGrath 2

Aaron Black 2

Chris Havern 1

Connor Fegan 1

RANGERS RESERVES

Cathal Tumilty 5

Neil McCracken 3

Ben Clydesdale 2

Ally Wilson 2

Philly Main 2

Josh Buchanan 2

Brian Magennis 2

Ryan Williamson 2

Tommy Lockart 1

Andrew Stewart 1

Niall Maginn 1

Michael McArdle 1

Lee Feeney 1

Marty Havern 1

Aaron Megaw 1

COLTS

Niall Maginn 11

Miceal McCardle 4

John O’Hagan 3

Jordan Mark 3

Gavin Duffy 2

Alan Ervine 2

Conan Power 2

Micky Johnson 1

William Martin 1