Be Active Cup now underway

Be Active Cup now underway

25 July 2018

THE first round of matches in the inaugural Be Active Cup competition kicked off at Kilmore playing fields in Crossgar on Monday evening.

Ballynahinch Olympic romped to a 4-0 victory over Killough and Valley Rangers beat Kilmore Rec 3-1.

At the same time at Jennings Park, Newry, Newcastle edged out Saintfield 5-4 and Windmill Stars crushed Damolly 6-1.

Last night there were two further games in Crossgar — Killyleagh v Tullyvallen Rangers and Downpatrick v Cleary Celtic.

In Newry the ties were Drumaness Mills v Ballyvea and Bessbrook United v Rockview United.

Sixteen teams in total from various leagues across the district have entered this exciting new tournament, organised by Newry, Mourne and Down Council.

The quarter-finals take place tomorrow evening, with the semi-finals next Monday and the final at Newry Showgrounds next Wednesday.

Council chairman Mark Murnin was in Crossgar on Monday to watch the opening games.

He said: “I am delighted to be part of this exciting tournament that will not only benefit sporting teams across the district but also my chosen charities, Glebe House, Northern Ireland Air Ambulance and Newry and District Gateway Club.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for the Council to promote sport and encourage strong links between local clubs in the sporting scene.”

He continued: “I would encourage everyone to show their support to their local football teams as well as these very worthy charities, which do great work throughout the district.  Glebe House and Newry and District Gateway Club will have representatives at the matches and I hope that they receive support and recognition from everyone attending the games for the good work which they do for those living in our communities.”

Cllr Gareth Sharvin, chairman of the council’s Active and Healthy Communities Committee, said: “Sports development is very important to this Council and is the beating heart of communities.  Sport has the ability to engage, inspire and bring together communities as well as promote health and wellbeing.  This tournament supports the local community to further develop sports locally in their areas.”

For further information on the Be Active Cup tournament, fixtures, results and match reports, go to www.newrymournedown.org/chairmans-be-active-cup or email leisureandsport@nmandd.org.