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Football: Ardstraw shipping in the goals

Fermanagh and Western League

By Martin Harris

After briefly reaching the Division One summit Ardstraw crashed back down to earth with a bump on Saturday with a resounding 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Clabby Strollers at the King George V Playing Fields.

And this followed hard on the heels of a 5-3 reversal at home to Strathroy Harps earlier in the week to complete a miserable few days for Nigel Kee's side.

Yet it was Ardstraw who opened the scoring on Saturday after just 13 minutes when defender Kyle Mills got on the end of an Ian Hill flick to angle the ball past 'keeper Barrie Clingan.

But Clabby levelled three minutes later through Davy Little followed by a Bob Carroll spot-kick around the half-hour mark.

Malcolm Browne made it 3-1 on 32 minutes but that was how it stayed until the final quarter-of-an-hour when the floodgates well and truly opened.

Ricky Carroll added a fourth on 75 minutes followed swiftly by a David Johnston tap-in with Carroll grabbing his second moments later before, in the final minute, Peter Moore completed the rout.

It was a good week for Dunbreen Rovers, newly promoted from Division Two.

They had suffered from a series of postponements for various reasons but finally got up and running in midweek with a credible draw at home to Omagh United followed by a 3-2 defeat of Ballinamallard United Reserves on Saturday.

The Mallards had led at the break thanks to a 23rd minute Jarno Glass strike but John Crawford's side levelled ten minutes into the second half through a Stephen O'Donnell strike.

Dunbreen moved in front not long after when Northern slipped the ball in at the far post but Ballinamallard were back on level terms on the hour again through Glass.

The game was finally settled on 72 minutes when Colm Spracklen headed in the winner.

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