There was a trophy treble for Matthew Sellars as 18th Newtownabbey Old Boys held their annual presentation night. He took both the Manager’s and Players’ Player of the Year awards, as well as receiving the Clubman of the Year trophy.
Eighteenth started the season with a new manager in Phil McMahon, but while there was a notable Irish Cup success over Mossley, it was when Mark Miskimmin came in as joint-manager, along with a cluster of new players, that things really took off, with 40 points out of their last 45.
The damage, though, was done in the opening 11 games, but Miskimmin stressed: “We knew it was all too late, but it was all about coming in and laying the foundations for next season, where we can have a real go at promotion.”
Club chairman Stuart Courtney announced the following winners:
Manager’s Player of the Year: Matthew Sellars; Players’ Player of the Year: Matthew Sellars; Leading Goalscorers: Mark Miskimmin, Mark Marshall; Clubman of the Year: Matthew Sellars.
n 18th Newtownabbey have been very busy on the transfer front in recent weeks. Midfielder Mark Shearer has signed for the Cloyne Crescent club. Mark captained Linfield Swifts for several years.
Also putting pen to paper with the Monkstown men is former FC Ballynure stopper Kyle Agnew. The 18th Facebook page described Kyle as ‘a tough keeper who takes control of everyone in front [of] and around him’.