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Football: Giving our regards to Broadway

By Martin Harris

Published 28/11/2007

Broadway Celtic continued their almost unnoticed climb up the table with a convincing 3-0 victory at Randalstown Sky Blues to move into fourth spot in Division One.

They might have opened the scoring early in the first half when Dessie Birt cut in from the right only to fire against a post while Ryan Brady's rebound was pushed away by Sky Blues keeper Paul Clarke.

At the other end Paul McIntyre came close while Philip Lynn and Chris Nicholl threatened for Celtic but despite these openings neither side could find a way through.

Randalstown were handed a gilt-edged opportunity to break the deadlock early in the second half when McIntyre was brought down in the box but from the resultant spot-kick Jason Millar could only send the ball high over the bar.

It proved to be a costly miss just five minutes later when Lynn was released by Brady and Darren Burgoyne to slot the ball past Paul Clarke.

Brady made it 2-0 on 80 minutes with a shot from an acute angle after collecting a Nicholl pass before turning provider to play Donald Crawford clear to add a third in the closing minutes.

North End maintained their Division Two title challenge with a 2-1 defeat of fellow promotion hopefuls Michelin.

They had to come from behind though when Henry Brennan hammered Michelin into the lead in the first minute after picking up a David Gibson pass.

It took them until the 63rd minute to draw level. Chris Smiley got the all important goal following a poor clearance by the Michelin keeper which was duly lobbed back into the net.

And they moved in front ten minutes later when Anthony Lee won the ball in midfield and released Mark McGaughey to slip past David Hendron to fire home.

Michelin almost grabbed a share of the spoils right at the end, though, when they were awarded a penalty after Ryan Agnew appeared to handle the ball. Unfortunately for them Rab Caughey saw his spot-kick well saved by Aidan Watt to secure the points for North End.

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