East Antrim’s Intermediate sides in the Northern Amateur League are back in action this Saturday. Here’s a round-up of the comings and goings over the close season.
Nortel: In - Steven Waring, Wellington Rec; Robbie Patterson; Curtis Kane, (back from injury); Danny Wright, Rathfern. Out - Adam Irwin, Ballyclare; Elliott McKimm, PSNI; Jordan Clarke, Dundela; Timmy Clarke, Distillery; Chris Monteith, Barn; Davy Freyne,Grove Utd; Craig Caughey, 18th; Willie McMurdie, Rathfern; Dale Fenner,Grove. Last season - 7th, Premier Division. First fixture: Lisburn Rangers (h).
Islandmagee: In - Taylor Thompson (Barn); Carl Murray (Rathfern); Ryan Murphy (Grange); Ricky Higgins (Ballynure); Matty Johnston (Knockbreda); David Higgins (Ballynure); Anthony Hill (Ballynure); Ryan Burke (Comrades); Chris Harris (Mossley); Andy Phillips (Wellington); Michael McAlinden (Albert Foundry) Kirk Madden (Albert Foundry); Darren Devine (Wellington). Out - Tiago Leite; Jamie Harper (Suffolk FC).
Larne Tech: In - Gary Haveron, Carrick; Brendan Quinn, St Comgall’s; Conan Mulvenna; Chris Morton, Josh McAllister, and Dean Shaw, Welly Rec; Ryan Thompson, Islandmagee; Paul Thompson, Castle Star. Out - Aaron Mulvenna. Last Season – 6th, 1A. First fixture: Mossley FC (a).
Wellington Rec: In - Darren McKinty, Islandmagee. Out - Andy Waide, Barn; Michael Moore, David Harrison, Paul Matthews to Ards Rangers; Josh McAllister, Dean Shaw, Christopher Morton, Larne Tech; Andy Phillips, Islandmagee; Craig Cowie, Ruby’s Rovers; Steven Waring, Nortel. Last season – 3rd, 1B. First fixture: Ballynahinch Olympic (a).
Barn United: In - Andy Waide, Wellington Rec; Wes Patterson; Chris Monteith, Nortel; Josie Murray; Johnny Robb, Castle Star. Out - Mark Tweedie, Brantwood. Last season – bottom, 1A. First fixture: UUJ (h).
UUJ: In - Philip Simpson, Distillery; Ross Davison, Knockbreda; Michael McBriarty, Crumlin Star; Shane Magee, St Mary’s; Ryan Kelly, Crumlin Star. Out - Mark Dean,Crewe United. Last season – 11th, 1b; First fixture: Grove United (h).
Rathfern Rangers: In - Willie McMurdie, Nortel; Robbie Lee Crawford, 18th - Ian McGrath, Stephen Logan, Michael McComb, David Montgomery from Albert Foundry - Dee Flanagan; Neil Lovell; Colin Andrews - David Montgomery, James Doyle, Brian Black, Glen McCord from Rathcoole; Aaron Wright (Berlin Swifts). Out - Danny Wright, Nortel. Last season: 9th, 1B. First fixture – Dromara Village (a).
Mossley FC: In - Mark Conn and Jamie McTaggart from 18th; Jordan Armstrong, Rathcoole. Last season – 2nd, 1c. First fixture: Larne Tech (h).
18th Newtownabbey OB: In - Craig Caughey, Nortel; Aaron Sharkey; Michael Frew, Mallusk; Jordan Bright, Grove Utd; Mark Shearer; Clarke Murray Derriaghy CC; Alan McCartney; Stuart McQuillan. Out - Mark Conn, S and Jamie McTaggart, Mossley; Robbie Lee Crawford Rathfern; Jimmy Joe Crawford. Last season, 5th, 1C. First fixture - Brantwood (h), Steel Cup.