REPORTS Week-Ending 8th April 2017

Apr 9 2017 8:36 PM

BALLYMENA and PROVINCIAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

                                                                                Sponsored by

                                           MICHELIN ATHLETIC CLUB

        SEASON 2016-17

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The first trophy of the season was presented on Saturday when the President of the County Antrim FA and League Vice Chairman Mr. Robert Fenton handed over the Junior Division 3 League Champion Cup to team Captain Paul Rutherford of Brantwood-Loughside.

Antrim Rovers Swifts who had a close battle with Brantwood-Loughside all season finished in the Runners-up position.

 

In the Crawford Cup Semi-Final Dunloy recorded a one nil win over Ballynure OB which will see them meet Newtowne in the final at the Joey Dunlop Stadium Ballymoney on Friday 2st April 2017

 

Meantime in the Intermediate and Junior Division One League Title Race it still involves a number of teams in each division.

 

The winners of Junior Division Two will be decided between Remo FC v 3rd Ballyclare OB when they meet on Saturday 22nd April 2017

 

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                                                                         INTERMEDIATE

                                                                                LEAGUE

                                NEWTOWNE FC                1              DESERTMARTIN               0

At the end of a very good game of football it was a single goal scored by Paul McIvor on the 70th minute that decided the outcome in favour of Newtowne. Though losing narrowly Desertmartin under their new management team have been showing improved form of late which should stand then in good stead for the future                              Referee Mr. Paul Doherty

 

                                COAGH UNITED               1              GLEBE RANGERS              1

A win for either team would have been a big bonus on Saturday but as it turned out the Draw is more beneficial for Coagh and Wakehurst than it is for Glebe. Coagh had the best of the attacking play during the first-half but at half-time they only had a penalty converted by James Ferguson on the 16th minute to show for their efforts The second half was nip and tuck affair with Glebe more in the game than in the first-half seeking the equaliser. Coagh defended their goal lead then in stoppage time Ian Christie scored a crucial equaliser for Glebe on the 92nd minute.   Referee Mr. Iain Banks

 

                                WAKEHURST                     4              MAGHERSFELT SKY BLUES          2

With this win Wakehurst kept in touch with Coagh at the top of the table. Wakehurst went in front after Lee McClelland scored on the 11th minute then doubled their advantage after Zac Barr scored on the 23rd minute. Half-time was almost reached when Gareth Quinn scored for the Sky Blues. Wakehurst went two goals ahead again after Zac Barr scored his second goal on the 61st minute. Gareth Quinn gave the Sky Blues a boost when he scored his second goal but they went two behind after Conor Ross scored number four for Wakehurst on the 72nd minute.   Referee Mr. Brian Gallagher

 

                                SOFIA FARMER                3              CHIMNEY CORNER          2

There was nothing to separate the teams in this game until the 34th minute when the Corner conceded an own goal. The score was back level again after the Corner Manager Sean Hanna scored on the 42nd minute then a goal scored by Sean McCashin on the 51st minute saw the Corner in front. Sofia came back strong after this and a brace of goals scored by Rene Matiko on the 62nd and 69th minutes won the points for Sofia.

Referee Mr. Gary Crawford

                                                         CRAWFORD CUP SEMI-FINAL

.                               DUNLOY FC                        1              BALLYNURE OB                0

This was a very close game with the result being decided by a single goal at the final whistle. Both teams had a chance or two to score during the first-half but the scoreline was blank at half-time. The second half followed a similar pattern of play as the first other than the goal scored by Declan McGarry on the 70th minute that took Dunloy into the final against Newtowne FC.                                Referee Mr. Mark O’Neil

 

                                                                MID-WEEK LEAGUE

                                GLEBE RANGERS              2              DUNLOY               1

This was a good competitive game between the close neighbours with Glebe edging the result at the end. An own goal on the 30th minute saw Glebe in front at half-time. Dunloy were back on level terms after Shane Dooey scored on the 75th minute then a goal scored by Chad Dobbin on the 83rd minute won the game for Glebe.

Referee Mr. Brian Gallagher

 

     JUNIOR DIVISIONS

                                                                                LEAGUE

                                                                                    ONE

                                FC WHITEABBEY              3              COOKSTOWN OLYMPIC               1

Whiteabbey went in front after Ryan O’Neil scored on the 13th minute then doubled their advantage on the 30th minute to lead two nil at half-time. Aidan Doyle pulled a goal back on the 67th minute but a second goal for Ryan O’Neil on the 80th minute sealed the win for Whiteabbey.                Referee Mr. Bert Purdy

 

                                RATHCOOLE FC               0              WOODLANDS                    2

This was a big win for Woodlands who sit proudly at the top of the league table with four matches remaining and points in the bag while their pursuers have double the numbers of games left to play. Woodlands led by a goal scored by Alex Haggan at half-time then a second goal scored by him saw the three points on their way to Carrickfergus. If Woodlands share the points in their games with Cookstown Youth and Newington YC Res it will strengthen their position to win the title.    Referee Mr. Samuel Forsythe

 

                                BRANTWOOD RES          1              COOKSTOWN YOUTH             3

This was another win for the Youth in their quest to catch up Woodlands. Barry Kelly put the Youth ahead on the 7th minute then Mark Larmour made it two nil on the 16th minute a score that remained at half-time. Brantwood got back into the game after Anthony Philpott scored on the 41st minute but Mark Megarry sealed the win for the Youth when he scored on the 68th minute. Referee Mr. Lee Patterson

 

                DESERTMARTIN SWIFTS              4              MALLUSK ATHLETIC            2

After a steady start by both teams Paul Walker put Mallusk ahead on the 25th minute and this goal separated the teams until Sam White scored for the Swifts on the 50th minute. Robin Patton then scored a brace of goals on the 51st and 60th minutes putting the Swifts clear. Paul Walker got his second goal on the 80th minute before Robin Patton completed his hat-trick on the 88th minute ensuring full points for the Swifts.   

Referee Mr. Russell Wilson.

               

SPORT & LEISURE SWIFTS RES                1              NEWINGTON YC RES             5      

Newington though with a lot of games to catch up kept on track to defend their league title with this win. Daniel Moore scored a hat-trick and a goal scored by Conal McKeown saw Newington four nil in front at half-time. Ciaran McKissock converted a penalty for Sports early in the second half then a second goal from Conal McKeown saw Newington seal the win.      Referee Mr. Trevor Higgins

 

                                                                  MID-WEEK LEAGUE

                                FC WHITEABBEY              0              NEWINGTON YC RES          7         

Newington are making a strong bid to retain their title but with so many games to catch up it will be a big ask. Daniel Moore put Newington in front on the 2nd minute then added a second goal on the 13th minute. Michael McArdle made it three on the 31st minute. Daniel Moore completed his hat-trick on the 54th minute followed by goals scored by James Moore and Joe Meaney on the 66th and 79th minutes.                Referee Mr. Richard Stewart.

 

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                3rd BALLYCLARE OB                       3              CLOUGH RANGERS ATHLETIC    0             

This win sees Ballyclare going into their last game against Remo FC almost certain of winning the league Title.

Remo will have to beat Ballyclare by Ten clear goals to overtake them in the Title race. An own goal on the 11th minute saw Ballyclare go in front then a goal scored by Marc Campbell on the 37th minute saw Ballyclare two in front at half-time. Ballyclare then sealed the win and take the three points after Stevie Howie scored their third goal on the 54th minute.         Referee Mr. Charlie Pollock

 

                                                                                  THREE

                BALLYCLARE NORTH END           1              BRANTWOOD-LOUGHSIDE          4

On a bright sunny day Brantwood-Loughside put a gloss finish to their season at the top of the League Table. Zac Nicholl put the visitors on front on the 31st minute then Eddie Kocherian equalised for North End on the 32nd minute. Mark McAuley restored the Brantwood advantage on the 45th minute and a brace of goals scored by Steven Leckey on the 51st and 86th minutes completed a successful league campaign.             

Referee Mr. Tommy Waide

 

 

FIXTURES Week-Ending Saturday 15th April 2017

 

Tuesday 11th April 2017                                                                   

Intermediate

League                                                                                                  

Chimney Corner v              Ballynure OB                      @ Allen Park. Antrim

Kick off 6.45pm

 

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Junior Division League                                                                    

One

Newington YC Res              v              Brantwood Res                     @ Grass Pitch 1. Valley PF. Newtownabbey

Kick off 6.45pm

Cookstown Youth                v              Desertmartin Swifts           @ 3g Pitch MUSA. Cookstown

(Kick off 7.15pm)

 

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Saturday 15th April 2017                                                                   Kick off 2.00pm

Intermediate League

Brantwood                             v              Desertmartin                       @ Skegoneil Avenue. Belfast

Wakehurst                           v              Coagh United                        @ Mill Meadow. Castledawson (TBC)

Glebe Rangers                     v              Chimney Corner                 @ Joey Dunlop Centre. Ballymoney

Ballynure OB                      v              Dunloy                                   @ Mossley Park. Newtownabbey

Newtowne                              v              Sofia farmer                         @ Scroggy Road PF. Limavady

Magherafelt Sky Blues                      Free

 

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Junior Division League

One

Cookstown Youth                v              FC Whiteabbey                    @ 3g Pitch MUSA. Cookstown

Newington YC Res              v              Desertmartin Swifts           @ 3g Pitch Valley PF. Newtownabbey

 

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Two

Ballynure OB ‘B’                v              Mountainview                       @ Mossley Park. Newtownabbey

 

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Three

Whitehead Rangers            v              Ballyclare North End          @ Castleview Road. Whitehead

 

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