Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Gault and Watson provide a joint show of class

Camaraderie between rival Irish League players is alive and well.

At least as far as Linfield's Michael Gault and Ballymena United defender Albert Watson are concerned.

Rivals on the pitch, they are class mates away from football, studying together at the University of Ulster's Jordanstown campus, on a Sport and Exercise Science course.

Watson was out of the country earlier in the week while captaining the Irish Premier League's under-23 side in their 2-1 defeat to Belgium in the International Challenge Trophy, but Gault was on-hand to make sure he didn't get behind.

"Albert is my partner on an assignment and we've got a presentation coming up," said Gault.

"With Albert being away with the Irish League team we weren't able to work together on it this week, so he did his bit early on and then handed it over to me to finish it off get it ready for the presentation.

"It was unfortunate the way things worked out with the timing of the league match and Albert being away, but between us we've managed to work things out."

Another member of that Irish League squad also missed out on valuable preparation time for his presentation.

Newry City captain Richard Clarke makes up a trio of Irish League players on the course and he - like Watson - was part of the team that played in Belgium as well.

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