Bourneview boss backing his players to bounce back from final frustration

Bourneview Mill before the Alan Wilson Cup final against Moneyslane.
Bourneview Mill before the Alan Wilson Cup final against Moneyslane.

Bourneview Mill manager Mark Jackson is backing his players to use Friday’s Alan Wilson Cup final frustration as a driving force for future progress.

The 1-0 defeat to Moneyslane in Banbridge proved a downbeat note for a club on the rise.

“The players have been excellent since I took over as manager for this season,” said Jackson. “We were frustrated at certain decisions on the night, including two penalty appeals waved away and a goal disallowed.

“However, it is now about moving on from that and highlighting the really strong team performance overall.

“That is what we can use as a driving force for the future.”

Thomas McClelland and Geoff Neill were selected as the leading Bourneview Mill players.

Play was disrupted following an incident that left Mark Smith with a double leg break. A fundraiser in aid of the Mill player has been scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at Pepperton Park from 12 o’clock.

The exhibition game between Bourneview players past and present will feature as part of the club’s family fun day.

“We wish Mark a full and speedy recovery from his injury,” said Jackson. “Thanks go to everyone who offered us support on the night and this season.

“Everyone is welcome for Mark’s fundraiser.”

BOURNEVIEW MILL: Andrew Neill, Jeff McClure, Mark Smith, Thomas McClelland, Dale Compton, Geoff Neill, Mark Boyce, Stephen Elliott, Gary Hill, Kyle Abraham, David Stewart. Subs: Ross McDonald, Chris Trainor, Dean Currie, Richard Bloomer.

Results from Saturday’s Mid-Ulster Football League programme - MID-ULSTER INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE SECTION B: Broomhedge 0-9 Hanover, Valley Rangers 13-0 Seagoe; MUFL RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP: Valley Rangers 4-0 Loughgall; MID-ULSTER RESERVE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Seapatrick 5 Hanover 5; MID-ULSTER RESERVE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Laurelvale 3 Lurgan Institute 7.

Broomhill will face Caledon on Thursday, May 28 in the next stage of the Armstrong Cup thanks to a 3-0 victory over Armagh Blues.

The preliminary-round fixture - in the tournament promoted by Armagh Boys’ and Girls’ Club - featured Gareth Briggs, Jason Harper and Josh Foster on the scoresheet.

This week’s scheduled fixtures included Lower Maze v Rectory Rangers and Loughgall reserves v Hillsborough Boys, with all play at Millfield from 7 o’clock.


The 33rd annual Northern Ireland Annual Football Programme and Memorabilia Fair will take place in Belfast on Saturday, May 30.

The function in Glengall Street’s Grosvenor House will run from 10-2.30, with admission set at £1.50.

For further information contact Lester Wood on 07581002694 or


Players involved in the latest Loughgall Youth Academy programme:

UNDER EIGHTS: Harry Lindsay, Alex McAfee, Jacob McKew, Jake Elliott, Jack Irvine.

UNDER EIGHTS COLTS: Ben Walker, Alfie Walker, Jake Elliott, Stuart Stevenson, Jack Irvine.

UNDER NINES: Adam Megaw, Daniel Gillis, Jack McKee, Tom Nicholson, Freddie Elliott, Joel McGarry, Matthew Black, Joel Coert.

UNDER NINES COLTS: Adam Megaw, Logan Dowzell, Jack McKee, James Beattie, Jamie Ingram, Ethan Parks, Josh Harrison, Joel Coert.

UNDER 10s: Charlie Rice, Tommy McCallen, Dylan Linton, Ben McClelland, Luke McKinney, Sam Richie, PJ Brown, Shea Williamson, Dylan Marsh.