Last week was a memorable occasion for Dervock Football Club as they returned to Paddy’s Park after a gap of two and a half years.
The Dervock men marked the event with a pre-season friendly against Ringsend, winning 3-1. They followed this up with a 1-1 draw against Michelin.
Manager Paul McConaghy spoke about the Club’s return ‘home’: “Everyone connected with the club and community are excited we are back playing in Paddy’s Park.
“It’s been a hard two years away from Dervock as we were playing matches and training just wherever the council could squeeze us in. There’s still a bit of work to be done on the main pitch but we are able to use the top pitch until then. We are just happy to be back.
“It’s very important to the players that we are back out here, especially as the majority of team is from the village and it feels like most other teams we are harder to beat when your on your own pitch.
“There has been a lot of hard work especially by Dean McLernon (Joint Manager) and Chairman David McCaw and that is what has kept the team moving forward.”
Determined to hit the ground running, Dervock have been putting in the hard yards in pre-season.
“We started pre-season earlier than usual and had good wins against Ballymoney Utd and Ringsend, before drawing with Michelin. The biggest test will definetly be this Thursday night when we play Ahoghill Thistle in Dervock. They are a good side, strong and physical but we’ve a good team out here too and have strengthened with the signings of Brian Kane and Gareth McConaghie who would improve any team in junior football.
“We were disappointed we didnt win silverware last season as we pushed Ballybogey the whole way and only lost one game in league all season and with signing these two players and not losing any of our players from last year we hope to have some silverware at end of this season.