Bangor and Greenhills/ Greenpark join forces

BANGOR Celtic and Greenhills/Greenpark have joined forces in the Leinster Senior League ahead of the new season.

Rebranded Bangor Greenhills/Greenpark FC, the new club will field three teams in the LSL in Senior Sunday, Major Saturday and Premier One Sunday.

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Bangor Greenhills/Greenpark have seen huge numbers at training following the recent amalgamation of the two clubs.

The schoolboy section in Greenhills which caters for 11 underage teams will not be affected by this amalgamation and will continue to be known as Greenhills Boys.

Already the move has had a positive impact for both clubs with more than 50 players attending their first senior training season last week.

And both sides have completely embraced the move which they firmly believe could make Greenhills a powerhouse of junior soccer in the coming years.

“It’s great for the community” said Bangor Greenhills/Greenpark Secretary Gerry Carney.

“We’d been in discussions about this for months and it’s the perfect fit, like a hand in glove. It’s a great for both clubs and it’s great for football in Greenhills.

“We’ll be hoping to bring in more senior players from the area and to bring in more young players for the schoolboy sides.”

Bangor, who were previously based in the Iveagh Grounds, have now made the move to Greenhills as Carney explained “If you’re going to make this move, you want to show your commitment and that’s why we decided to move from the Iveagh Grounds to Greenhills.”

Certainly the facilities they have in Greenhills made the prospect of amalgamation all the more enticing for Bangor who have been a long time operating in the top ranks of the Leinster Senior League.

“This move ticks all the boxes, I can’t think of any negatives” said Bangor Greenhills/Greenpark Assistant Chairperson, Paul Reid.

“Football is changing and you have to embrace change. You look at Sacred Heart. They joined up with Killinarden and now Firhouse Clover and that’s the way things are going now.

“You have to swim with the tide, otherwise you’ll just drown.

“This is a really positive move and it will be great in attracting quality players to the area. Already we have some players, who had previously left the club and are back with us now.

“We’ve great facilities in Greenhills and I really feel this has the potential to become a hotbed for senior football” he told The Echo.

On another note Greenhills Boys will be holding their Schoolboy Mini Blitz and Family Fun Day in Greenhills Park this weekend.

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