REPORTS Week-Ending 17th March 2018

Mar 18 2018 12:43 PM

      BALLYMENA and PROVINCIAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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                                                     MICHELIN ATHLETIC CLUB

        SEASON 2017-18

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The first piece of Silverware in the season was won on Saturday by RathcooleFC who sealed the Junior Division Three Title when bEating Carrick Athletic who will now vie with Ballyclare North End for the Runners-up Spot. 

In the Intermediate Division St James Swifts, Glebe Rangers and Dunloy all made ground on Bangor who slipped up at Sofia Farmer losing by the odd goal in Five. A very interseting siuation is developing in the race for the League Title which could see it going all the way to the final games.

In Junior Division One it is more or less a three team race between Woodlands and Newington YC Res are currently setting the pace but could find Antrim Rovers a hot on their heels as the Rovers have to play Woodlands Once and Newington Twice.

In Junior Division Two it is Killymoon Rangers and Clough Rangers Athletic who are currently setting the pace but will have to watch teams below thenin particluar Cookstownh Youth Colts who have games in hand to play.

 

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                     INTERMEDIATE 

LEAGUE

SOFIA FARMER 3 BANGOR 2

A win was a must for Bangor going into this game to keep them on track at the top of teh table. Sofia had other ideas taking the lead with a peach of a goal scored by Nattan Leite on the 16th minute. Sofia doubled their lead when Mantas Rysys scored after a goal mouth scramble on the 34th minute. Bangor got back into the game when Gerard McMullan scofred on the 40th minute reducing the defict at half-time. Sofia went two goals in front for a second time after Rui Lanzinha scored a super goal on the 55th minute. Bangor never gave up getting a second goal scored by Mark Cooling on the 76th minute then laid seige on the Sofia goal seeking the equaliser. Time then run dwon with Bangor having chances but at the end the Sofia goal survived with no more goals being scored. Referee Mr. Barry Maxwell

CHIMNEY CORNER 1 St JAMES SWIFTS    2

This was a very much improved performance from the Corner who went in front after Ian Young scored on the 26th minute. After this both teams created a few chances but at haf-time the single goal separated the teams. St Jame got back on level terms afer Sean Pat Donnelly scored on the 54th minute. Both teams went for the winniong goal after this whch went to St James after Mark McDonald scored on the 77th minute. Referee Mr. Mark Irwin

GLEBE RANGERS 4 BALLYNURE OB 1

Glebe went in front after Davy Brown scored on the 16th minute then went two goals ahead after Chris Nicholl scored on the 20th minute giving them a two goal lead at half-time. Glebe increased their lead after Curtis McCartney scored on the 58th minute and went four goals clear through a goal scored by Lee MItchell on the 79th minute. Ballynure to their cradit never gave up getting a goal after Ricky Higgins converted a penalty on the 82nd minute.

Referee Mr. Noel Crossan

DESERTMARTIN 0 DUNLOY 4

Dunloy who are well in the running for the league Title went in front after Karl Fitzpatrick scored on the 20th minute then doubled their lead after Conal Dooey scored their second on the 21st minute. Dunloy then got a third goal when Declan Mcgarry scored on the 28th minute and at half-time Dunloy were still three goals clear. Dunloy more or less killed the game off when Owen Gillan scored their fourth goal on the 50th minute. 

Referee Mr. Jerome McElroy

BRANTWOOD v COAGH UNITED

Game not played pitch waterlogged

        O'GORMAN CUP ROUND 2

GLEBE RANGERS                 2 DESERTMARTIN 1

This game was played in atrocious conditions on wednesday night and it is credit to both teams and the referee for braving the wet and cold. Glebe went in front after Lee Mitchell scored on the 9th minute and this lead remained until Mark Scott equalised for Desertmartin on the 48th minute. After this both teams went looking for the winning goal which went to  Glebe after Josh Ellliott scored on the 74th minute. Referee Mr. Colin Rainey

JUNIOR DIVISIONS LEAGUE GAMES

ONE

ANTRIM ROVERS 3 BALLYNURE OB 'B' 3

This game was played on the shores of a bitterly cold Lough Neagh and both teams were glad to hear the final whistle at the end. Ballynure went in front after Robert Watson scored on the 9th minute and held this lead untl  Ryan Worthington equalised for Antrijm on the 38th minute. Ballynure went in front for a second time after Mark Montgomery scored on the 46th minute then Josh Graham equalised for Antrim on the 62nd minute. Ballynure went in front for the third time in the game after Matthew West scored on the 68th minute but back came Antrim with Josh Graham scoring his second goal on the 85th minute giving the teams a point each. Referee Mr. Russell Wilson

FC WHITEABBEY 6 SPORT & LEISURE SWIFTS  RES 3

This high scoring game bewteen the two close neighbours was a personal triumpf for the Whiteabbey played Mark Tutin who helped himself to four goal in the game. Robert Tourish was also on thescoresheet scoring Whiteabbey other two goals with Ciaran McKissock scoring a hat-trick for the Sports. Referee Mr. Gary Crawford 

WOODLANDS 2 BRANTWOOD RES 1

A win was a must for Woodlands in this game to keep them  neck and neck with Newington YC Res at the top of the table. Woodlands got off to a great start with Alex Haggan scoring on the 3rd minute and at half-time this goal still separated the teams. Woodlands increased their lead through a goal scored by Staurt McCullough on the 66th minute then shut up shop though Lee Watters pulled a goal back for Brantwood on the 84th minte.

Referee Mr. Matthew Shaw

TWO

CASTLE STAR 9 68th NEWTOWNABBEY 'A' 0

Castle who have hopes of promotion at the end of season led three nil at half-time then scored another six without reply in te esecond half. Castle goals were scored by Joel McMurtry (4), Paul Garvey (2), Paul Matthews (2) and Andy Hall (1) Referee Mr. Brian Leitch

ANTRIM ROVERS SWIFTS v COOKSTOWN YOUTH COLTS

Game not played pitch waterlogged

             THREE

RATHCOOLE FC 5 CARRICK ATHLETIC 1

This game was played on the 3g pitch at the Valley PF and the surface was certainly a lot better than it would have been on a grass pitch and at the end Rathcoole wrapped up the Division League Title. Carrick went in front after Davy White scored on the 10th minute then goals scored by Andy Neil and James Doyle on the 14th and 29th minutes saw Rathcoole in front at half-time. Rathcoole scored three more goals in the second half through Jordan Bright 63rd, Andy Crawford 66th and Junior Long 89th minutes. Referee Mr. Bert Purdy 

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FIXTURES Week-Ending 24th March 2018

Friday 23rd March 2018

Intermediate 

League

Bangor v Chimney Corner @ Bangor Fuels Arena 

Saturday 24th March

Intermediate

League

Dunloy v St James Swifts @ Tullaghans Road. Dunloy

Sofia Farmer v Desertmartin @ Mill Meadow. Castledawson

Coagh United v Glebe Rangers @ Hagan Park. Coagh

Crawford Cup Round 3

Newtowne v Woodlands @ Scroggy Road PF. Limavady

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Junior Division League Games

One

3rd Ballyclare OB v Antrim Rovers @ Foundry Lane. Ballyclare

Desertmartin Swifts v Sport & Leisure S Res @ Dromore Park. Desertmartin

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Two

No games scheduled

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Three

 No games scheduled

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