‘The Book People’ Sponsor Johnny Lewis presents Dromore Amateurs Ladies FC Captain Tracy Orr with their new away kit.
Back (l-r) : Brooke Jordan, Tamsin Strain, Emma McClements, Amy-Louise Graham, Kerry Taggart, Toni Smith, Mark Balmer, Neil Beggs
Front (l-r): Louise Kelly, Danielle Brady, Niamh Ruddy, Lauren Gibson, Rachel Davis, Lauren Watson, Colette Young
Missing from photo: Emma Harper, Michelle Stephens, Neil Dumigan
After winning the NI Women’s Football Association Championship division last season, Dromore Amateurs Ladies FC are now playing their first season in the NIWFA Premier League. This would be a big step up for any club, but there have been extra challenges for the ladies, as three key players from last season are out of the country, and two more have been unable to play through injury. In addition, because of changes in personal circumstances, two managers have had to step down already.
Fortunately, a couple of promising new players have joined the squad, and DALFC have been able to welcome back some players from previous seasons. Mark Balmer has now taken up the managerial reins, with help from Neil Beggs and Nei Dumigan, both long-time DALFC supporters and coaches, and David Hodgen, who has been working on increasing fitness levels.
Last week’s match against Crusader Strikers LFC was a tough one, and the team lost 5-0. But there were promising signs for the future, and their form continues to improve. Next week’s home match against Shankill Utd Predators will be a decisive match this season. KO at Ferris Park is on Wed 4 June at 7:30pm.
DALFC would like to thank Johnny Lewis (Banbridge Book People distributor, who delivers books to workplaces across Co Armagh and Down) for his continuing support and sponsorship.
The ladies usually train at Dromore Community Centre on Mondays 7-8:30pm, and new players are always welcome. See the Dromore Amateurs Ladies FC Facebook page more information.