Councillor Trevor Wilson has sent his best wishes to his former club, Killymoon Rangers as they strive to defeat Big Two team Glentoran in the Irish Cup.
Councillor Wilson played for Killymoon during the 70s and 80s and recalled how, during one pre-season friendly against Ballymena United at the Fairhill, his side came within half an hour of defeating their premiership rivals. His hope is that the current Rangers team would be capable of taking Glentoran even closer.
“This will be a terrific experience for everyone involved in Killymoon Rangers, and I just want to wish them all the best for their game with Glentoran. It is simply unbelievable that they have drawn one of the biggest names in Irish football at home in the Irish Cup.
“I know the team have always looked forward to welcoming Glentoran to Cookstown for pre-season friendlies and I expect this time to be no different.”
In their most recent game Killymoon went down by 7-0 in the Irn Bru League Cup in 2011. However, in a friendly in 2006 Killymoon performed the unbelievable and defeated the perennial Premiership challengers by 2-0.
“I would appeal to all football fans in Cookstown District to make the effort to come down and watch Killymoon and Glentoran compete,” Councillor Wilson said. “It is not very often that such a huge team comes to our part of the world and it will give us the chance to showcase the impressive facilities at Mid-Ulster Sports Arena, as well as the footballing talent at Killymoon.
“I’m sure that Killymoon will put on a good show and who knows? With a bit of that cup magic they may just take the win against the giants. I’d also like to add my best wishes to another of our clubs, Coagh United who take on Lisburn Distillery at New Grosvenor Stadium.
“What an achievement it is to have two of our local teams competing in the fifth round of the Irish Cup against two of the biggest names in Irish football.”