Belfast Telegraph

Championship: Around The Grounds, May 9

By Keith Bailie

Carrick Rangers won the BT Sports Northern Ireland Football Writers' Non-Senior Club of the Year award at last Monday's gala dinner at the Ramada.

Club captain Aaron Harmon said: “It's a fantastic honour for the club to win this award. We've had a fantastic season and this is a nice way to round things off. We can't wait to give the Premiership a go.”

Carrick fended off stiff opposition from Ards Rangers and Harryville Homers to win the award.


Bangor goalkeeper Darren Gibbons won the BT Sports Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Championship Player of the Month award for April. The Bangor shot-stopper kept five clean sheets in a row to take the Seasiders to the play-offs.


Harland & Wolff Welders midfielder Mark Magennis has left the club to join Danske Bank Premiership side Ballymena United. The news will come as a blow to the Welders as Magennis was magnificent this season, however the good news for the east Belfast club is that top goal-scorer Michael McLellan has agreed to stay.


Annagh United rounded off a tremendous season with their awards do on Saturday night. The Portadown Road club finished second in Belfast Telegraph Championship Two, which was enough to secure a place in next season's Championship One. Veteran striker Shea Campbell won the club's Player of the Year award.


Ards right-back Greg Hall won the Premier Ards Supporters' Club Player of the Year award. The Ballynahinch man had a fine season for the club that finished three in the second tier. Ross Arthurs was the club's top goalscorer, while Shane Dolan's remarkable volley against the Welders won Goal of the Season. 

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