Dean Johnston competition could become annual event

THE first Dean Johnston memorial five-a-side football tournament was held on Friday night and was a great success, raising a fantastic £1,119 for Suicide charity, FASA.

Sixteen teams took part in this tournament to commemorate the memory of Dean Johnston, who was just seventeen years old when he took his own life back in 2010. His family and friend Dean McCroary helped organise this tournament to raise funds and awareness of suicide.

The winners of the Over 16s category were ‘Ballee Bandits’ and the Under 16s winners were ‘RIP Jordan McPeake.’

The family would liked to issue a warm thank you to all those who gave up their time to ensure it was a successful event.

Thanks were offered by organisers to the following groups for providing refreshments: Co-op in Dunclug; Supervalu; Vivo; Tiny Tots; McAtamneys; Bay Leaf; Holmes Cash and Carry; Patsy Tweed; Ballymena United and Coca Cola.

The organisers also thanked the PSNI and Co-op Membership NI for providing the winner’s medal and Harryville Partnership who funded the extension of the pitch.

For helping out with resources, organisers would like to thank Ballee Community College; Dunclug College; Cullybackey High and Ballymena Borough Council.