Ballyoran shield triumph marks ‘biggest day in the club’s history’

Ballyoran celebrate Easter Tuesday's victory by 1-0 over Silverwood United in the Mid-Ulster Shield final. Pic by RicPics.

Ballyoran celebrate Easter Tuesday's victory by 1-0 over Silverwood United in the Mid-Ulster Shield final. Pic by RicPics.

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Ciaran McCann scored the most important goal in Ballyoran history on Easter Tuesday to seal a memorable Mid-Ulster Shield success.

Victory in Banbridge arrived on an afternoon which featured no fewer than five red cards shared between the champions and Silverwood United.

However, the main talking point arrived in the second period of extra-time - with McCann making his mark by capping fine approach play from player/manager Damien McCourt.

McCourt entered the final off the substitutes’ bench and produced a moment of class which McCann controlled and converted to settle the showpiece final.

“It must go down as the biggest day in the club’s history,” said Ballyoran’s Conor Kelly. “To think that five or six years ago we were close to folding the club.

“We were rock bottom of Division Two and only an emergency meeting started the process of turning everything around, with Damien McCourt coming in as player/manager another big moment.

“Damien has so many connections around the game and the arrival of Barry McCann as coach before Christmas has also been a recent boost.

“To have the name of a small club like Ballyoran on the Mid-Ulster Shield is just brilliant and the hope is we can now push on.

“This should really help raise our profile.”

Thanks go to McKeever’s Bar, Costcutters and A2B Coaches for sponsorship.

BALLYORAN: Martin Savage, Mark O’Connor, Gareth McDonald, Tony Marley, Eugene McCann, Damien McDonald, Michael McNeice, Ciaran McCann, Chris McDonald, James Cullen, Jamie McAleenan. Subs: Jamie McDonald, Damien McCourt, Johnny McGurgan, Darragh McKee, Jamie Magner, Johnny Burns.