Killea FC have withdrawan from the Ulster Senior League after a difficult season.
They have issued the following statement:
“Killea FC wish to confirm that the club has decided to return to junior soccer. A letter of resignation has gone to the Ulster Senior League.
“The main reason we have left intermediate football is that we wish to build a strong local base. Our ambition as a club – we are almost 50 years in existence - has always been to provide football for players from our community and parish.
“We are also convinced that summer football does not suit our purpose because of the many counter attractions not least among them other sports.
“Our club has an extensive under age football academy but for whatever reason the majority of these players – as they move into their late teens - are not getting sufficient opportunity to stay in the sport and we have to address that.
“As a side issue we have strong concerns about how the FAI rule 55 was interpreted in our case and the severity of the punishment handed out. It’s important, however, to move on and a meeting of our management committee, plus all our under-age team managers - sixteen members were in attendance – met a fortnight ago and decided unanimously that we should return to junior soccer with an overwhelming emphasis on the development of local players.”