“With our Mid-Ulster derby called off due to the players’ international commitments, I took the opportunity on Saturday to show my support to Waringstown Cricket Club.
“I was aware in advance that James Singleton and Joel Cooper would be starting on the substitutes’ bench at Mourneview Park for our under 21s’ game against Scotland.
“Rhys Marshall had been forced to withdraw from the squad in advance due to work commitments but, from speaking to Northern Ireland under 21s’ manager Jim Magilton, I know how impressed he is with Joel and James and how understanding he is of Rhys’ situation.
“It was a great experience for James and Joel to be involved in the international set-up and, of course, both headed off this week as part of the squad for the Iceland game.
“The situation allowed me then to turn my focus on Waringstown’s Irish Senior Cup final at The Lawn against Merrion and it was a brilliant occasion.
“I offer my congratulations on behalf of Glenavon Football Club to everyone at Waringstown and it was a great day for sport in this area.
“I know only too well how much backing we get from so many connected to Waringstown, especially once the cricket season is over.
“You only have to look up into the stands on a matchday to see Waringstown officials, players and supporters cheering on Glenavon.
“We have sent over a team in the past to represent Glenavon at a Waringstown cricket quiz night and they always show support for our fundraisers.
“It is great to see so much pride and support across sport in the region.
“The achievements of Waringstown, plus those other individuals and clubs with success on the sports field, help put the area on the map.
“On a personal level, of course, Waringstown is a club close to my heart.
“I played for Waringstown during my cricket career and have plenty of family ties to the club, past and present.
“Saturday was a brilliant achievement and well done to everyone connected to Waringstown on last weekend’s Irish Senior Cup triumph plus the league win.”