Donegal Soccer

Swilly Rovers pull out of Ulster Senior League after a number of heavy defeats

The decision ends the club's 23 season long involvement in the USL

Tom Comack


Tom Comack


Swilly Rovers pulls out of Ulster Senior League after a number of heavy defeats in recent weeks

An 11-0 thrashing by Finn Harps Reserves last weekend in the Ulster Senior League was the final straw for Swilly Rovers officials in what has been a difficult season for the Ramelton based club.ion 
The defeat, finally led to the club taking the difficult decision to pull out of the Ulster Senior League. This decision was taken at a club meeting on Monday night.
"It really wasn't an easy decision and it's been tough on a lot of people in the club,"club secretary Liam McFadden told the press this week.
"We were beaten 11-0 at the weekend and I think we have conceded something like 30 goals in the last four matches.
"That is wild demoralising for the young lads."
Following the departure of a number of senior players at the end of last season and manager Tony McNamee, at the start of the year, the club have been forced to field a very young team in recent weeks.
"We had 15 and 16 year-olds going out and putting their heart and soul into it. But they were coming up 26 and 27 year-old hardened footballers and they were no able to compete.
The club, according to the secretary were unable to recruit in the closed season because the simply hadn't the finances to compete with other clubs.
The Ulster Senior League have expressed disappointment with the decision which they believe is down to an over concentration on under football at Swilly Park.
But the league insists they have six strong teams in the league and they've had discussion with a club about joining the league next season.
Meanwhile, Swilly Rovers have made no decision on where they go from here and future meeting are planned to discuss the club's future. One option is apply to join the Donegal Junior League.