Hall off to the ‘Well


Another young Tyrone footballer is aiming to make his mark across the water after landing a dream move to the Scottish Premier League.

Omagh teenager Ben Hall, who came through the youth system at Dungannon Swifts, has agreed a two-year deal to join Motherwell.

Hall, who can play as a central midfielder or central defender, has represented Northern Ireland at various underage levels.


The 16-year-old arrived at Dungannon United Youth as an under-13 player and had three years there before signing for Dungannon Swifts last season.

Kieran Robinson, who was his manager in the four seasons he spent at Dungannon, said he was “over the moon” for the young player.

“Ben’s talent was spotted at a young age and he has represented Northern Ireland at under-15, 16 and 17 levels,” he said.


“He has signed a two-year-deal with Motherwell FC and we would like to wish him every success in the future.”

A series of Tyrone footballers have made a big impression in Scotland in recent seasons.

Among them is midfielder Niall McGinn, another former Dungannon Swifts player, who is now starring for Aberdeen.


The 26-year-old joined the Dons last summer and made a huge impact, scoring 22 times.

McGinn scooped all the club’s player of the year awards and made the Scottish PFA shortlist, recently agreeing a new two-year contract.

Another former Dungannon player emerging in Scotland is Chris Hegarty.

The young defender was a first team regular for Ally McCoist’s side and signed a two-year contract extension earlier this year, keeping him with the ‘Gers until 2015.

And Castlederg midfielder Ivan Sproule, who had two successful stints with Hibernian, is currently playing for SPL side Ross County.


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