FOOTBALL: Comrades’ delight as ex-player Cooper wins Young Player of Year

Joel Cooper 
with his Young Player of the Year award. 
Photo: Presseye
Joel Cooper with his Young Player of the Year award. Photo: Presseye

Ballyclare lad Joel Cooper was named Ulster Young Player of the Year by the Castlereagh Glentoran Supporters’ Club at the weekend.

The 20-year-old joined Glenavon last summer from the Comrades, scoring eight goals and providing 20 assists for the Lurgan Blues.

Last August, Cooper, dubbed the Mourneview Messi, was called up to Northern Ireland’s Under-21 squad after he caught the eye of boss Jim Magilton.

And news that Cooper had won the accolade was well received at Dixon Park. Ballyclare tweeted: “Congratulations to @Joel__Coops on winning the Ulster Young Footballer of the Year award. We are so happy with your success.”