• Where have we been?

    For anyone following this site on a regular basis, it must be a bit of a mystery as to what has happened to the Match Reports, Fixtures, News Items and Weekly Columns that were published previously. … more

  • Tucker's Thoughts

    Reserve team manager, Thomas Horner, posts his thoughts regularly throughout the season on the week past and the match to come. 05/12/14 "Personally I can't wait for the big game this week. "I … more

  • 20 Minutes of Madness!!

    Rathcoole 5 – 3 Ballysillan Swifts Again it was 20 minutes of madness that spoiled the day for The Swifts on their travels. Rathcoole away is a tough venue, but it was hoped the first  … more

  • Manager's Messages

    First team manager Willie Massey posts his thoughts on the week past, and the game ahead... 28/11/14 “Last week’s game was one that I had my sights set on gaining three points … more

  • Reserves Continue Winning Run

    Red Star (Carrick) 1 – 5 Ballysillan Swifts Reserves Report by Brian Wilson The Reserves started their match against Red Star with a bit of a scare, when captain Jim Aston was hurt when … more

  • Desertmartin Takes Points

    Ballysillan Swifts 2 – 4 Desertmartin A 20 minute lack of concentration in the first half sunk the Swifts, when the visitors scored three times, effectively taking the game away from the home … more

  • Narrow Defeat To League Leaders

    Ballynure OB 2 – 0 Ballysillan Swifts This fixture was always going to be one of the toughest of the season, away to a side which has opened up a gap at the top of the league, and which stuck … more

  • Manager's Message - Ricky's Viewpoint

    Ricky Billing takes the first team reins this week with Willie Massey away for a few days. Here is his take on last week’s cup exit, and his thoughts on Saturday’s league game. & … more

  • Welcome Win for 1st Team

    Ballysillan Swifts 3 – 2 Castle Star   It was essential to get the three points against a team with similar struggles to The Swifts, and that’s exactly what happened – albeit … more

  • Reserves Retain Top Spot

    Castle Star Reserves 1 - 4 Ballysillan Swifts Reserves, Woodburn PF The Reserve team continued their fine league form with a solid victory away to Castle Star in Carrickfergus. The game didn’t … more

  • Swifts Exit Intermediate Cup

    Orangefield O.B. 4 - 1 Ballysillan Swifts, Gibson Park Five minutes of madness saw The Swifts exit the Intermediate Cup at the first hurdle.  It had been a fairly even contest up to the 80 … more

  • Reserves March On!

    Ballysillan Swifts Reserves 5 - 0 Mallusk Athletic Reserves   The Reserves cemented their position at the top of Division 3 with a 5 - 0 demolition of Mallusk Athletic Reserves at their new … more

  • Junior Shield Report

    Ballysillan Swifts Reserves 0 – 1 Portavogie Rangers A decent start, a strong middle period, and a good end to the game! So how did the Reserves not win this Junior Shield first round tie? … more

  • 1st Team Takes a Hammering

    Ballysillan Swifts 0 – 8 Ballynure OB This was a very tough day at the office for the 1st team. It started badly when Ballynure scored directly from the kick off, Justin Reid in goal … more

  • Tucker's Thoughts Archive

    11/10/14 Thoughts before the League game away to 1st Carrick OB “After last week’s frustrating result against Whitehead Rangers,this Saturday can’t come quick enough … more

  • Reserves rout 1st Carrick

    1st Carrickfergus OB 0 – 12 Ballysillan Swifts Reserves It won’t be the amount of goals scored on Saturday that will please Tucker Horner most, but the quality of play delivered by … more

  • Manager's Messages Archive

    09/10/14 Message before League game away to Magherafelt Sky Blues “Last weekend’s result was by far the hardest to take this season. We were playing a side that are no … more

  • Reserves Captain - James Aston Reserves Captain - James Aston

    Reserves held at home

    Ballysillan Swifts Reserves 2 - 2 Whitehead Rangers The Reserves game got off to a lively start with the away team scoring after just 10 minutes - from a player in a dubiously … more

  • Coaches Comments

    12/09/14 The management support team will be sharing their view of how things are going over the course of the season. This week coach Gareth Officer was asked how the players’ fitness was … more

  • Junior Cup Report

    Drummond United 2 – 0 Ballysillan Swifts Reserves Since the fixtures were made it was clear that Saturday would be a tough day with the Reserves going to Limavady to take on Drummond United, … more

  • Youth Round-up

    All games played on Saturday 6th September 2014   U10 v Derriaghy Youth Goals - Zac, Cameron and Logan Managements review on the match - "All 10 players got lots of game time. They were … more

  • Ballysillan Swifts 3 - 1 Killymoon Rangers

    Inverary Avenue, Belfast – 6th September 2014 After a very tough opening set of fixtures, Saturday was a game of firsts for the first team – first goal scored, first victory, first … more

  • Ballysillan Swifts 0 - 7 Newington Y.C.

    Steel & Sons Cup round 2 – Inverary Avenue, Belfast On Saturday The Swifts played host to Newington Y.C. in the 2nd round of the Steel & Sons Cup. It was one of the occasions that … more

  • Ballysillan Swifts 0 – 1 Brantwood

    Inverary Avenue, Saturday 16th August 2014 The Swifts first game in Intermediate football started with the home side on the front foot against the reigning champions, moving the ball around and, … more

  • Irish Cup Round 1

    Saturday 23rd August sees The Swifts head to Dunloy to play in the 1st round of the Irish Cup. It will be a tough game against the side from our own division, but hopefully a marker can be laid for … more

  • Reserves Friendly v Sport & Leisure Res

    Ballysillan Swifts Reserves 4 – 2 Sport and Leisure Swifts Reserves - 12th August 2014 This game looked beyond the Reserves when a very strong S & L side took a two goal lead after just 1 … more

  • 1st Team Friendly v Remo

    Ballysillan Swifts 4 - 1 Remo – 12th August 2014 It doesn't matter that this was a friendly match . It doesn't matter that the visitors changed their entire line-up at half-time. It doesn' … more

  • Reserves Friendly v Carrowdore YM

    Thursday 7th August - Victoria Park PF Ballysillan Swifts Reserves 5 - 0 Carrowdore YM Several debutants turned out for the Reserves last night - Ian Thompson, Sam McCreery, Glenn Smith, Stephen … more

  • 1st Team Friendly v Bangor Swifts

    Thursday 7th August - Victoria Park PF Ballysillan Swifts 4 - 1 Bangor Swifts A tight pitch didn't help, but The Swifts still managed to produce some fine football against an initially very … more

  • U16s Friendly - Wednesday 6th August

    Ballysillan Swifts U16 4 - 4 Civil Service U16 A strong start and a strong finish were the defining periods for the young Swifts in this friendly game. The opening 15 minutes saw the home side pile … more

  • U16s Friendly - 2nd August

    Antrim Rovers 0 - 2 Ballysillan Swifts On Saturday last, the U16 squad headed off to the Antrim Forum on a miserable, wet and windy morning, to take on the local side, giving the new management team … more

  • Fixtures - 2nd August 2014

    There are two Senior Teams' friendlies on Saturday 2nd August, with both teams travelling to County Down to continue their preparations for the 2014/15 season. The first team is in action against … more

  • Friendly - 2nd August 2014

    Abbey Villa II 0 - 0 Ballysillan Swifts Reserves, Adams Park, Millisle Loads of possession, but few clear-cut chances created, saw this test finish as a scoreless draw. The Swifts' defence was solid … more

  • Pre-Season Friendlies - 22nd July 2014

    Two games again were played with the 1st team taking on a good Rosario Y.C. side at Mallusk Playing Fields, and the Reserves in action against Saints F.C. from the Belfast & District League, on … more

  • Historic Cup Draws

    As the new season nears, we now know our opponents in two of the most prestigious tournaments in Northern Irish football. On Saturday 23rd August we will travel north to take on Dunloy in the 1 … more

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  • Pre-Season Friendly - 26th July 2014

    A large squad was sent to take on East Belfast F.C. on Saturday, partly to give the players a first look at the ground we will be playing our home games on this coming season. And they seemed to like … more

  • Pre-Season Friendlies 19th July 2014

    Two entertaining games took place against Bloomfield FC, at their Orangefield pitches. As pre-season ramps up before the new campaign begins, it is essential to play friendly games against strong … more

  • Champions!!! U14s bring first title to the club

    Congratulations to the U14 team which has won the South Belfast Youth League Division 2. The 3 - 1 win against Belvoir means that the title is secured with three games still to play. Man of the … more

  • Join us at our Presentation Night

    Ballysillan Swifts F.C. will hold their Annual Presentation Night in Ligoniel H.P.S. Social Club on Saturday 7th June. (The photo shows 'keeper Justin Reid receiving his Players' Player of the Year … more

  • New Manager Announced

    Willie Massey has been appointed 1st team manager, replacing Phil McDonald who stepped down at the end of the season. Willie had a very successful stint in charge of the Reserves, winning 11 of 12 … more

  • Swifts Academy starts up

    Yesterday (Sunday 8th June) saw another step toward securing the future of Ballysillan Swifts F.C. when the Soccer Academy opened its doors to kids aged 7 - 12. Around 40 young footballers turned up … more

  • New Home found

    One of the main issues with moving up to Intermediate Level is, of course, where to find ready-made facilities to play home games? Well, after some negotiation, East Belfast F.C. have kindly stepped … more

  • Swifts Go Intermediate

    When the League suggested we take our 1st team in to the BPIL Premier Division, a discussion began within the club as to whether it would be feasible, or madness, to go for it. By the time the … more

  • Management and Coaching Team Confirmed

    Willie Massey announced the new Management set up to the playing staff at a meeting on Saturday (17th May).  Assisting him with first team responsibilities are Stephen (Geordie) Dunlop, Willie' … more

  • Cup Final Day BBQ

    After the success of last year's event, The Swifts will be holding a BBQ in Ligoniel HPS Social Club (Pigeon Club) on Saturday 17th May. Burgers and Hot-dogs will be on sale again, with Chefs Brian … more

  • Statement from Phil McDonald

    After the final game of the season, Phil McDonald announced to the players that he was standing down from his position of 1st team manager with immediate effect. He has subsequently issued the … more

  • U14s Finish in Style

    The U14s finished their League programme in considerable style with a 6 - 1 victory away to Rosario at Ulidia PF last night (Wed 23/04/14). The first half saw The Swifts have total … more

  • 1st team lose final game

    The Swifts lost only their second league game of the season, going down 3 - 2 at Moyola Park in the final game of the season. Early goals from William Swain and Davie Munn saw us storm in to the … more

  • Krag hold Reserves at Loughside

    The Reserve team finished their league programme with a 1 - 1 draw at home to Krag Albion in the final game of the season. The point saw Krag win the Division 4 title, but they will probably feel a … more

  • U14s lose 2 - 0

    The U14 team lost 2 - 0 to Bloomfield at Hydebank PF tonight (Thursday). With the Division title already safe this really was an end-of-season performance which saw The Swifts concede 2 second half … more

  • U15s go out of Cup

    The U15 team went down 2 - 0 to a very good Tullycarnet side at Hydebank PF last night (Wednesday 16th April). The first half belonged to the east Belfast side who scored both their goals in that … more

  • First team continues good run

    The first team had another good win last night, beating AFC Carrick 5 - 0 on their own patch at Greenisland Rugby Club grounds. A totally one-sided first half saw us go in only 1 - 0 up, a goal … more

  • Quarter Final for U15s

    Wednesday 16th April sees the U15 team take on Tullycarnet U15s in the SBYL League Cup Quarter Final at Hydebank. Tullycarnet finished second in the league so it will be a tough game for the … more

  • Promotion Secured for 1st Team

    Saturday's hard fought win over Sport & Leisure Swifts Reserves, along with Whiteabbey's defeat, means that the !st team has won its second promotion in as many season, and will compete in … more

  • Tight game - but 3 points!

    Saturday's game away to Sport & Leisure Swifts Reserves at The Valley proved to be a very difficult encounter indeed. Good early pressure saw no reward, and, against the run of play S & L … more

  • Promotion all but assured for the Reserves

    Yesterday's 3 - 0 win over Monkstown means that, barring disaster, the Reserves will win promotion to Division 3 at the end or their first season. First half goals from Jim Aston, Jordan MacDonald … more

  • Big win for 1st team

    5 first half goals at F.C. Larne paved the way for an eventual 6 - 0 victory which saw us climb to second in the Division 2 table. The goals were scored by William Swain, who hit 4, Davy Munn and … more

  • U15s romp to victory

    The U15 team recorded a 9 - 1 League Cup win against Muckamore yesterday (Sat 5th April). The goals were scored by Adam Kennedy (2), Darren Main (2), Lewis Irwin, Mark Cherry, Michael Rolston, Thomas … more

  • Promotion Confirmed!!

    Monkstown's defeat to Krag Albion last night means that the Reserve team has been promoted to Division 3 at the first attempt. This is a terrific achievement, given that the plan was to consolidate … more

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    NIClubs is an Irish FA programme aimed at giving all our clubs a free website from which they can communicate to their fans / players / committee members via email / text messages / website articles, … more