ALBERT FOUNDRY; DAILY MIRROR AMATEUR LEAGUE GEARS UP FOR WHAT COULD BE AN ENTHRALLING SEASON By MAXIE SWAIN.
INS: John Martin (Crusaders), Daryl Carlisle (Crusaders), Corey Hussey (Crusaders) Aaron Wright (DunmurryYoung Men) OutS: None COlIN McIlwaine says: "the aim this season is to get off to a good start and keep ourselves in the reckoning. It will be tough, even tougher than last year but we weren't too far away last season.
"You look at Newington and they have players who just want to play for the club and we're the same. I'm happy because I know the players here really want to play for the club."
INS: Robert Knox (Glenavon), Corey Boyce (Crusaders), Scott Robbie (Abbey Villa), Curtis Millen (Abbey Villa), Scott Ritchie (Greenwell Star) OutS: Johnny Roy (Knockbreda), Mark Roy (Knockbreda)
LEE Forsythe says: "We're going to try and keep a low profile this season. Obviously some other teams have signed some big players so we want to stay under the radar which we did the first year.
"Last year we were top of the league for a long time because we went out of the cups early so we'd like to do better in the cups and certainly in the league, I'm sure we can hold our own."
INS: Stephen Cummings (Groomsport); Jim Girvan (Knockbreda); Ryan tumelty (Abbey Villa); Graeme McMullan (Abbey Villa); Rick Barr (Banbridge Rangers) Ross Williams (Knockbreda) OutS: Paddy Fox (Iveagh united); Michael Henderson (Iveagh); Ryan Johnston (Comber YM); tony Smith (Holywood)
JOHN Bailie says: "I think we've made some good improvements to our squad. With the players we have brought in, I'm confident we can improve on last year.
"We've had a decent pre-season, a couple of good wins against the likes of Ards but some bad defeats against DC and the Welders but overall, more good performances than bad so we're ready for the season."
INS: Jim McStravick (Dromara Village), Mark Feenan (Ardglass), Gareth telford (Ardglass) OutS: Peter telford (Kilmore Rec), Michael McAllister (Warrenpoint).
LEO Kearney says: "Realistically, I think we are looking at mid-table but if I can get some of the players I have in mind in, I do believe we could be fighting for honours this year. If the boys knuckle down and work hard, Downpatrick will hold their own this year."
INS: Stephen Harbinson (DC); David McKernaghan (Ford); Stephen Munn (HW Welders); Philip Rogan (Drumaness); Matty McConnell (Banbridge town) OutS: Jim McStravick (Downpatrick); Ross Preece (Kilmore Rec); Declan O'Connor (lisburn Distillery); Seamus McDonnell (Cliftonville Olympic)
PHIL McDonagh says: "We would like to build on last year. We had a successful season last year, winning the Border Cup and finishing fourth so we'd like to improve on our league position and retain the Border Cup.
"But Newington will be the team to beat again this year in the league."
INS: Colin Beggs (Killyleagh), Gareth Bond (Killyleagh), Keith Robinson (Killyleagh), Owen Dowds (Newington YC), Mark Green (Dundela), Glenn Hand (Carrick) OutS: None
RICKY Beggs says: "My ambition this season is simple: to win as many games as possible. We don't want to set any targets or any goals but I'm very excited with the challenge.
"I'm delighted with the players I've brought in, some very good players, and with the players we've re-signed as well, I'm confident we can challenge this season."
INS: Simon Steele (Malachians) Scott Cowie (Wellington), Paul Gibb (Kilroot Rec) OutS: Wayne Patterson (Newington Rangers)
STEPHEN Donald says: "Our aim is top four again. I thought when we got second last season we would be able to attract people to the club but I've tried and tried and out of 10 managed to sign three. Sammy Smith is back at the club helping me out so we'll have another push at it. I would love a run in the Border Cup this year, we start with Killyleagh so I'm looking forward to that."
KILLYLEAGH Ins: Hugh Dickson (Glenavon), Gareth Walsh (East Belfast), Jimmy Cleary (Linfield), James Wilson (East Belfast) Outs: Colin Beggs (Killyleagh), Gareth Bond (Killyleagh), Keith Robinson (Killyleagh)
DEE Heron says: "We've made a few good signings. We needed to get some experience into the team with the likes of Hugh and Gareth in. With the signings Kilmore have made, they'll be up there with newington, we would be happy to get into the top five or six. We certainly don't want to get dragged into the relegation zone like last year."
Ins: Ciaran stitt (Carrick Rangers), John Finucane; Gareth Galway (Crumlin utd), Gary Reilly, Martin Reilly (both Ligoniel), neil Conlan (uuC) Outs: Paul Prigent (Holywood), Liam Prigent (Holywood)
FRANKIE Donnelly says: "to tell you the truth we would be happy with top six this season. We are a wee bit short of players in midfield and in a few other areas.
"We're trying to get someone in to give me a hand running the team and help find the players we need to strengthen as well."
Ins: none Outs: Jonny Gowdy (Donegal Celtic)
EAMONN McCarthy says: "We handed out 21 league winner's medals last season and we've still got 20 of them here so our squad is still very, very strong and I'm more than happy with where we are.
"We beat Carrick in a pre-season friendly, we beat the Welders and we beat Knockbreda so we've still a very good squad here. It's going to be tougher than ever, and people are out to get you, but we've built up a big, strong squad and we're raring to go."
Ins: Mark Holland (Cliftonville); Peter telford (Downpatrick); andrew Kilmartin (Lisburn Distillery); neil taggart (newry City); Peter Kelly (Malachians); Kieran Gordon (Drumaness); Ross Preece (Dromara); Blaine Connelly (Downpatrick), Conor Walsh (Glenavon) Outs: Liam sloan (Ballynahinch Olympic); niall Murray (Ballynahinch Olympic)
GARY Kennedy says: "We want to have a good crack at the title, that's why we've signed these players.
"It's alright having 14 big names on the team sheet, but it's what you do out on the pitch. I'm sure teams will be raising their game against us when they see who we have signed but we need to focus. the league is my priority and we want to win it - second doesn't even come into it."
Ins: Willie stewart (Brantwood), Johnny Graham (Crusaders Res), Michael McQuoid (Knockbreda), Ciaran Kelly (Larne tech), aaron Biggerstaff (Dunmurry yM) Outs: scott McMillen (HW Welders), Chris sheridan (Dundela), Graham aston (Dundela), aaron Robinson (ards), Darren McCullough (Derriaghy)
Ins: simon Magowan (Ballyclare), Mark Craig (Larne), Darren Doherty (East Belfast), Kieran Loughran (n/a) Outs: none
JAMESIE Kirk says: "We have a strong squad and we've had a reasonable pre-season. the only downside was new signing simon Magowan broke his metatarsal but he'll be back around the start of september.
"This season we have to look at survival. Looking at the Premier League, there's nowhere that you can say will be an easy three points. It's a case of who's going to be most consistent and newington again are the yardstick and the team everyone aspires to."
Ins: andy Morrow (Greysteel), Brian McFlynn (uCD), Gerard McErlane (Downshire) Outs: Colm McGarry (retired), Robert Robinson (Donegal Celtic)
COLIN Telford says: "the squad we have this season is a lot deeper. Last season we had a bad run of injuries so as long as we can keep our best 14 or 16 players fit, we'll have no problems.
"Big Liam McKillop, one of the best strikers in the amateur League, has been courted by a few clubs in the Irish League and amateur League but he's decided to stay which is another massive boost to us."
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|Date:||Aug 9, 2011|
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