FOOTBALL: 1st Greenisland Boys’ Brigade crowned national champions

The victorious 1st Greenisland Boys' Brigade football team. INLT 18-902-CON
The victorious 1st Greenisland Boys' Brigade football team. INLT 18-902-CON

Members of 1st Greenisland company, The Boys’ Brigade (BB), have been crowned national football champions at the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland finals which were played in Scotland.

The team, competing in their very first junior football final, had competed with teams across Northern Ireland to make the final which was hosted by Falkirk and District battalion.

Making up the squad were: Cameron Banford, Aaron Douglas (team captain), Matthew Irvine, Ross McGimpsey, Jack Norton, Jacob Ogle, Rhys Slinger and Andrew Turk.

Speaking after the final whistle, Donald Blair, BB leader and captain of 1st Greenisland, said: “This has been the highlight of my BB career. The organisation of this tournament was first-class and I want to thank Falkirk and District for all they did to make it a memorable day for the boys and parents who travelled to support.

“The standard of football and behaviour was outstanding throughout and it is a great advert for The Boys’ Brigade and a super achievement for the boys. It was convincing win – bring on The Euros!”

The national football competition is one of series of sporting competitions in which BB members from across the British Isles take part. Bill Stevenson, acting Brigade secretary, added: “Congratulations to the team from 1st Greenisland who have won the title for the very first time!

“Getting to the final is an achievement in itself and the result of months of hard work and team work, not to mention the support from many BB leaders.”