Loan Watch: Youngsters continue to shine

Mar 15, 2022 | Archive

As Max Greer, Dylan Sloan and Nick Aretzis approach two months with their temporary clubs, Mark McKillen takes a look at how our young pros are getting on at Knockbreda and Bangor respectively.

Max Greer and Dylan Sloan

Max Greer and Dylan Sloan have been in regular action for Knockbreda who find themselves 10th in the LOUGH 41 Championship. Despite the difficult run of results, Larne’s two loanees have had plenty of game time.

Max Greer played the full 90 minutes at the weekend in a 4-2 defeat to Ballinamallard United at Breda Park. The previous Tuesday night, Knockbreda fell to a 5-1 defeat against Newry City AFC.

The Breda Park side took an early lead when Sloan whipped in a free-kick which was met by Karl Hammill. However, Newry showed why they are one of the favourites to make the leap back up to the flight, by firing in five goals without reply.

Darren Mullen’s side led 2-1 at the breakthrough, with goals from John McGovern and Lorcan Forde. Sloan was then replaced by Max Greer on 66 minutes as Newry increased their advantage. Stephen Moan, James Teelan and Peadar McParland scored to round off the comfortable victory.

The weekend prior to the Newry City defeat, Sloan started in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Dergview at Darragh Park. Max Greer came on in the 61st minute for Knockbreda, who were unable to hold onto their lead and Mikhail Kennedy scored in the 95th minute to secure a valuable point for Dergview

Knockbreda’s next game is at Clandeboye Park against 6th placed Ards as they look to stave off the drop.

Nick Aretzis

Following a brief spell out with injury, Nick (pictured above with boss Tiernan Lynch) returned to the Bangor squad as he was named on the bench for Bangor at the weekend as they defeated PSNI 3-0 in the Premier Intermediate League.

Jordan Hughes latched onto a loose ball to score the opener after 28 minutes. It was 2-0 after 52 minutes when Hughes turned provider for Jack Upritchard who finished from 15 yards. The scoring was rounded off by Hughes who produced an audacious chip from 20 yards to seal the victory.

The young Australian defender had impressed against Newington YC prior to picking up the knock, and will be keen to edge back to full fitness and return to the starting line-up as soon as possible.

The Seasiders are currently in second place on 33 points, just one point behind league leaders Armagh City. Next up for Bangor is a trip away to Limavady United on Saturday 19th March.

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