Another season has drawn to a close. 2014 had its highs and lows, and it followed the pattern of previous years. The firsts got off to a slow start, were out of all cups quite early, showed some good performances in the league, but ultimately the season fizzled out quite tamely and the side finished in joint 5th in the league. The seconds were the most successful side in the club, reaching the Junior Cup final, and at one stage leading the league, but a lack of personnel in the latter part of the season saw them fade to 5th place in Junior 1. The thirds did well in the face of adversity and poor commitment at all levels to finish in mid table in Junior 4, but the 4s bore the brunt of it all and had to concede a number of games in August, Despite winning more games than teams above them, the points docked for conceding led to relegation to Joe’s side. Better planning up the club and more commitment from players throughout the club would certainly have helped their cause.
The youth sides didnt do badly, the u15s winning some games despite a weak squad, the U11s doing reasonably well. The highlight was the U13 side which reached the finals of both the cup and the league, sadly losing out on both occasions, but if that group of players can stay together over the coming years, they will certainly produce a good batch for the club going forward.
The ground will now be put to bed for the season, the work taking place on Saturday morning. The Chairman and grounds team would welcome assistance from anyone who can spare an hour or 2 on Saturday to help out with this important task.
The clubhouse will now close over the winter, as Wesley FC has folded and will no longer be using the facilities. However, we will be opening the bar on a number of occasions over the coming months. Keep an eye on the website and twitter for updates, as it is important to keep the place ticking over during the long winter months.
The season is now drawing to a close. Last weekend saw the thirds ensure there would be no relegation issues coming to the final weekend of the season, a century from “Doaky” paving the way for a troublefree 71 run win over Dundrum. The 2s had mixed fortunes, losing on Saturday to a strong Waringstown XI but then defeating a decent Instonians XI on Sunday. They conclude their campaign this weekend with a T20 bash at North Down.
The 1st XI finish off their season on Friday evening, again featuring a T20 slap against North Down.
U13 register semi final league success.
Inst Bs 99-9 (N Doak 3-24, M Glass 2-14), Lisburn 103-1 (C McDowell 42rtd, N Doak 22*, J Posthlewaite 18*)
Well done to the boys who now have a league final to look forward to after also reaching the final of the Banogue Cup. THE FINAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 22 AUGUST AT WALLACE PARK against local rivals Derriaghy U13s. All support is encouraged for the boys and a chance to silverware this season. Match starts at 5.30pm
It is with sadness that we learnt this morning of the passing of Jim Simpson, friend and supporter of the club and father to club chairman Dean, grandfather to club captain David and brother Richard.
Always a pleasure to watch any match with and a joy to be in the company with he will be missed.
Our thoughts are with Dean and his family circle
Jim’s funeral will take place at 12:30pm on Saturday 16th at Magheragall Parish Church, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn and as such, the 1st XI match with Instonians has been postponed. The Club wishes to put on record its thanks to the Instonians Club and the NCU for their understanding at this difficult time.