Showgrounds to host pre-season tournament

A pre-season football tournament in Ballymena featuring a Liverpool XI and Scottish Premier League side Hearts was officially launched this morning (Tuesday).

Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive, Ballymena Borough Council, Pat Costello, Tournament Director, P.J. McAvoy, Mayor of Ballymena Borough Council, Declan Caddell, Crusaders and Mr Paul Frew MLA.

The four-team tournament, which has been organised by Irish League side Crusaders, will take place at Ballymena Showgrounds from July 25-27.

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The fourth team in the line-up will be announced in a few days and tickets for the tournament - from as little as £9 for a concession ticket up to £40 for a full three-day adult tournament ticket - will go on general sale from June 17.

Welcoming the announcement, Mayor of Ballymena, Alderman PJ McAvoy said: “Ballymena is a great place with great people and I am delighted that an event of this calibre will be held in the Borough.”

For full story, see next week’s Ballymena Times.