Liam Watson - Player Profile


Full Name:Liam Watson
Born:August 11th, 1982 (Ballycastle)
Position:Defender
Signed:January 29th, 2008
First Manager:Tommy Wright
Left Club:December 22nd, 2011
Career Stats: 12 appearances, 1 goals
Full Debut: September 3rd, 2011 - Ballymena United 1 - 2 Linfield (League - IFA Premiership)
First Goal: September 20th, 2011 - Ballymena United 7 - 0 Chimney Corner (League Cup - Round 2)
Also Played For:Ballycastle United, Chimney Corner, Donegal Celtic, Dunloy

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 2011-2012  IFA Premiership 11 (1) 1 2 0.17 4 0 41.7% 8.3% 50.0%
11 (1) 1 2 0.17

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Nov 19th, 2011 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 3 - 7
 Nov 16th, 2011 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dergview 6 - 2
 Nov 12th, 2011 League  (A)  vs. Portadown 1 - 2
 Nov 5th, 2011 League  (A)  vs. Coleraine 0 - 1
 Oct 22nd, 2011 League  (A)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 0
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Sep 20th, 2011 League Cup  (H)  vs. Chimney Corner 7 - 0

Widely regarded as one of the best Ulster hurlers of his generation, Liam had two short spells with the Sky Blues which both ended abruptly.

His sporting career started in earnest as an 18-year-old with Loughgiel Shamrocks in 2001 and he quickly broke into the Antrim senior side little over a year later in 2002. Since then he has won an impressive eleven consecutive Ulster medals (between 2002 and 2012), one National League (Division 2) medal and one Christy Ring Cup medal as a non-playing substitute. At club level Watson is an All-Ireland medallist with his local side Loughgiel Shamrocks. He has also won four Ulster medals and four county club championship medals.

Soccer had always played second fiddle to hurling for Watson, who had previously had a spells at Chimney Corner and Ballycastle United. In January 2008, then Ballymena United Reserve team manager brought Watson and his Antrim team-mate Eddie McCloskey to the Showgrounds for the remainder of the 2007/2008 campaign, despite encouraging signs that Liam may challenge for first team contention his season was abruptly ended by a lengthy suspension for head-butting an opposition player during a Reserve League game against Coleraine Reserves.

Having got a taste for ‘soccer’ and following another fall-out in a string of disagreements between himself and Antrim GAA, Watson signed for Championship side Donegal Celtic in August 2008. The big central defender who also ventured further into midfield when required became a hugely popular and influential player at Suffolk Road, claiming the club’s player of the year award during his second season in 2009/2010 which coincided with promotion back to the Irish League’s top flight via the playoffs. Celtic defeated Institute in May 2010 over two legs to win promotion, which also put to rest the bad memories from defeat at the same stage of the season, a year previous to Dungannon Swifts.
Whilst Donegal Celtic enjoyed a superb season back in the IFA Premiership during the 2010/2011 season, Watson’s first test of top division soccer was curtailed by injury for large spells as he managed just over a dozen appearances, with the Hoops finishing seventh in the table. Liam left the West Belfast side in the summer of 2011 and re-appeared closer to home with Roy Walker offering the no-nonsense defender a one-year contract at Ballymena United in August 2011.

An impressive debut against Linfield in September won much acclaim that the hurler may be the answer to the club’s defensive woes, but even Liam couldn’t help shore up a leaky defence from a struggling team in the first half of the 2011/2012 campaign. His final appearance of his 12 game United career was involved being hauled off by Walker at half-time during a 7-3 hammering by Cliftonville at home in November, the following month his contract was mutually terminated, following an internal suspension.

Liam subsequently continued to play his football informally with Dunloy in the local Intermediate League, but returned to focus on his primary sport of hurling, which almost included a shock switch of allegiance to Dublin at one stage. There had been suggestions that a return to the Showgrounds under Glenn Ferguson may have been on the cards but nothing ever materialised.

Last updated: 9 May 2017

 Goals Scored
Sep 20th, 2011 League Cup  (H)  vs. Chimney Corner 7 - 0 (22')

 Hat-Tricks