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Everything’s coming up Roses at Iveagh

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Everything’s coming up Roses at Iveagh thumbnail The prestigious Jack Britton Rosebowl was up for grabs as the high profile game was hosted at Iveagh Park on Saturday (12 May).

RATHFRILAND Football Club hosted the prestigious Britton Rosebowl clash between the select XIs of the Northern Ireland's top amateur league and the Scottish Amateur FA on Saturday.

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And it was the men in green who came out on top, with a 1-0 victory to win back that Rosebowl which they had surrendered in Scotland last year.

Aidan McNeill of Crumlin Star hit the only goal of the game, which featured two Rathfriland Rangers players in the Northern Amateur Football League (NAFL) squad.

Jonathan Scannell and Daryl Evans, two of the standout players for Rathfriland this season, were both selected by NAFL Select XI boss Paul Trainor, with Scannell starting and Evans coming off the bench to shore up the defence in the second half.

Rathfriland hosted the fixture 12 years ago and its return to Iveagh Park came on the day the name of the club's new 205-seater stand was revealed.

Spectators filed into the RB Gordon Bell Grandstand, named in honour of the club founder and former president who died in 2013, to watch the match unfold in glorious sunshine.

And the Iveagh Park pitch was in immaculate condition, with NAFL vice chairman Conrad Kirkwood laying on the praise to the club's hard-working volunteers after the game.

"Rathfriland pulled out all the stops to make the event a special one," he told The Outlook.

"The playing surface was superb and was a credit to the groundsman, Gordon Wilson.

"Club chairman Junior Murray beamed with obvious pride at the new grandstand and improved changing facilities.

"Nothing was too much trouble for him and his committee." And Mr Kirkwood said the club had made a great impression on the delegations from both the NAFL and the Scottish Amateur FA.

"The club typifies what the Amateur League is about - great facilities, great integration with the local community and tremendous professionalism," he added.

"Our thanks go to all at the club for their hard work."

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