REPORTS Week-Ending 20th May 2017

May 21 2017 12:05 PM

    BALLYMENA and PROVINCIAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

                                                                                Sponsored by

                                                     MICHELIN ATHLETIC CLUB

        SEASON 2016-17

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Wakehurst won the O’Gorman Cup on Friday evening against Glebe Rangers then on Saturday the curtain came down on the playing Season with Cookstown Youth beating Sport & Leisure Swifts Res.

 

The league wish to thank Chimney Corner, Wellington Rec and Ballymoney Council for the use of their ground to stage the Finals of the Cup Competitions

 

Cookstown Swifts went into their game knowing they had to win by 13 clear goals to beat Woodlands in goal difference for the Runners-up spot in Junior Division One. Though they reduced the gap it was not enough to overcome Woodlands.

 

Now with the playing season over the next event on the Calendar is the Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation on Friday 9th June 2017 in the Michelin Athletic Club Ballymena

 

The Annual General Meeting of the league will be held on Monday 26th June 2017 when plans for the 2017-18 Season will be formalised

 

Clubs are reminded of the above two functions as representation at both is Expected

 

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                                                                         INTERMEDIATE

                                                                 O’GORMAN CUP FINAL

 

                                WAKEHURST FC               2              GLEBE RANGERS              0

The Pitch at Allen Park was in tip top shape for this final and allowed both teams to get the ball on the ground at every opportunity. Glebe were early on the attack and in a crowded goalmouth on the 6th minute the ball ricochet off a number of players before being cleared off the Wakehurst goals line. This was certainly a let off for Wakehurst who were then pushed back by an eager Glebe attacking force but Keeper Findlay was in good form to deny the Glebe Attack. Glebe then had the ball in the net after a corner kick on the 38th minute but the Referee was on the spot and ruled the goal out for pushing. Half-time then came with the scoreline still blank. The second half saw Wakehurst on attack then from a long throw into the penalty box from the right Ryan Bamber headed the ball into the top corner of the Glebe Net. With the goal lead to defend Wakehurst changed their first-half tactics by defending deep and using the ball over the top to good advantage. Glebe continued to attack at every opportunity but failed to get the vital touch when in around the Wakehurst goal area. The game was then in the 5th minute of stoppage time when A long clearance by Wakehurst saw Zac Barr make good ground before slipping the ball to Stuart Nixon who wrong footed the Glebe defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net as the Referee blew the final whistle.                      Referee Jimmy Johnstone

At the end of the game the League Chairman Ian Shiels thanked the Match Officials and both Teams for their Sporting performance before presenting the cup to the Wakehurst captain Ryan Bamber  

 

     JUNIOR DIVISIONS

                                                                                LEAGUE

                                                                                    ONE

 

                COOKSTOWN YOUTH                    7              SPORT & LEISURE SWIFTS RES           3

This as high scoring game but unfortunately the mammoth total the Youth had to score to claim the runners-up spot in the league on goal difference eluded them. The goals on the day were scored for the Youth  by Mark Megarry (2), Ricky McMenemy (2), George Dardis, Jordan Glasgow and Ryan O’Neil while Steve McCann (2) and Sean McIlhatton replied for the Sports,         Referee Mr. Gary Crawford