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Killymoon back in business

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

KILLYMOON Rangers have signalled their intention to return to league football next season by appointing a new manager to lead the club.

Former player Dessie Allen has taken up the position with the club which stepped out of competitive football at the start of this season.

Cookstown man Dessie is also a former referee and a long-standing supporter of Killymoon Rangers.

The club had been involved in league football for four decades before making the decision not to compete this year.

It followed a number of difficult years for the side based at Mid Ulster Sports Arena, which saw the club suffer relegation from the Irish league and drop into the Ballymena & Provincial League.

The club has not yet confirmed which league it will compete in, whether it will be to the Ballymena League again or the Mid-Ulster League, which the club took part in prior to earning promotion to the Irish League.

The club has confirmed its plans for the coming year in a statement.

It says: "At the start of the year, Killymoon Rangers announced that preparations were underway for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

Since then, our committee panel has been strengthened further, and work has begun behind the scenes to ensure a smooth and exciting return to footballing action.

In addition to this, we can now officially announce that Dessie Allen has been appointed first team manager for the forthcoming 2017/18 season.

Dessie is very well-versed with local football from his time both on and off the pitch.

Dessie, a former IFA referee, born and raised in the local area, represented Killymoon Rangers in his playing days and has long been an advocate of the Killymoon Rangers Football Club.

We wish him all the best in the season ahead.

Pre-season training will commence in July/August as usual, and with regards the league we are entering, we will let everyone know very soon.

As usual Killymoon Rangers will remain a cross community, open to all races and nationalities club. Thanks to everyone who has shown interest and/or committed themselves for the upcoming season. Exciting times ahead!

Killymoon Rangers would also like to take this opportunity to thank our main sponsor, the Royal Hotel Cookstown, for the continued support and backing as we make our comeback to local football."

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