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Football: Dee's delight dampened by injury setback

Published 17/10/2007

Killyleagh YC manager Dee Herron suffered both agony and ecstasy on Saturday as his team kept alive their Border Cup dream.

The Showgrounds boss watched with delight as his side booked their place in the Border quarter-finals with a crushing 5-0 success over Division 1A side 1st Bangor.

But there was agony to come when striker Ryan Doyle - who had just signed during the summer from near neighbours Downpatrick - was stretchered off to hospital with two bones broken in his ankle, which will rule him out to well beyond the Christmas final.

Killyleagh now face Dromara Village for a place in the last four ... and revenge will be on his team's mind.

It was Dromara who knocked Killyleagh out of the Steel & Sons Cup at the first round stage with a humiliating 5-0 home reverse, and Herron believes his team have a point to prove when they meet in the Border quarters on November 10.

Scorers for Killyleagh against 1st Bangor were Neil Young (2), Colin Murray, Darren McConnell and Barry Walsh.

Dromara's prolific striker Declan O'Connor was his team's hero when they edged out Premier Section team Malachians 5-3 at Greencastle.

The former Ford forward rattled in four and Kieran Doherty completed their scoring.

There will be a second Co Down derby in the quarters - Newcastle and Drumaness Mills will meet head-on.

The Mills booked their place with a 3-1 success at Orangefield OB, where Sean McQuoid, Gary McMaster and Kyle Rogan were on the mark.

Newcastle needed extra time and then penalties to see off Wellington Rec., leaving just three Premier Section teams in the last eight.

Meanwhile the east Antrim derby ended with Larne Tech OB winning 3-2 at near neighbours Islandmagee.

Paul Maguire, Stephen Clarke and Martin Steel scored for the Larne side with Michael Moore getting both for the Islanders.

Border Cup quarter-finals (November 10): Abbey Villa v Larne Tech OB, Killyleagh YC v Dromara Village, Rosario YC v Comber Rec., Newcastle v Drumaness Mills.

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