BALLYBOGEY FC are regarding it as a footballing coup!
Club Chairperson Danny Hickinson says they have signed an historic sponsorship deal through Ballymoney retailer Basil Knipe and they will soon carry the famous Sky tv logo on their jerseys.
Hickinson explained that one of their players - Willie Beckett - who works at Knipe’s - helped seal the deal.
“We believe we are the only junior team in Northern Ireland to be sponsored by Sky in conjunction with Knipe’s and there is a talk that if we do well in the league this year we might even get some air time on Sky,” said Danny.
However he laughed off any suggestion that the Sky Sports cameras will provide live coverage of a Ballybogey match!
Meanwhile, the club is continuing the push to have a pitch in their home village and they hope there will be developments soon.
The team were away from home at the weekend and moved into second place in the league with a good 4-2 victory at the Rope Walk in Coleraine beating Heights Res.
‘Bogey should have scored two or three in the first half but the Heights keeper and good defending prevented them from scoring .Heights went two up before the break with two well taken goals leaving ‘Bogey wondering if this was going to be their first league defeat of the season.
In the second half ‘Bogey got their rewards for continuous pressure when James McLaughlin scored a hat trick and Willie Beckett scored to make the final score 4-2 to Ballybogey.
* Glebe Rangers are away to Portstewart in the league this Saturday.
* Glebe Rangers lottery numbers this week are 2,9,11. No winners and the jackpot next week is £300.
* Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Football League Division 2.
Killymoon Rangers 1 Ballymoney United 0
Ballymoney took their eye of the ball at MUSA on Saturday with all the week’s talk in the town concentrating on the Irish Cup draw against Crusaders.
Ballymoney applied quite a bit of pressure during the game but couldn’t make the breakthrough.
The visitors continued to pepper the home defence but to no avail. On 54 mins a McGarry corner was headed over by Johnston and the pressure continued.
With time running out and the game heading for stalemate Killymoon cleared on 86 mins wide to Brownlee who went on a run down the left, cut back and unleashed a furious shot across the goal, over Moore in the visitors goal and into the net at the back post.
Ballymoney United: Moore. McFerran. McGarry. OgBoyle. Keane. McClelland. Eion Gillan. Gerald Gillan. Larkin. McCaughan. Johnston.Subs: Dooey. Og O’Kane. Stewart. Dempsey.
Johnny Stewart has signed on loan from Coleraine Reserves.
* Ballymoney United are home to Newington in the Intermediate Cup on Saturday 25th January Riada Stadium 1-30 kick off.
* There are still some seats available in the bus travelling to the Irish Cup tie at Crusaders on the 8th of February, Contact Noel Lamont.
* NEWTOWNE 1 DUNLOY 3
In this Ballymena Provincial League match this was the first win Dunloy have had over Newtowne and their performance on Saturday certainly bodes well for Manager Bob Kane.
Dunloy’s scorers were Duane Scott, Kevin McQuillan and John John McFerran.