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Ballymena & Provincial League round-up January 11

The only league game scheduled for the Intermediate League saw Desertmartin host last season’s champions Newtowne FC at Dromore Park. Robin Patton put Desertmartin ahead in the 20th minute only for Billy Dorans to equalise 18 minutes later. Desertmartin earned themselves a two goal cushion through a Mark Shields brace in the 50th and 55th minute, before an Eoin Kelly consolation goal in the 88th minute reduced the deficit for Newtowne.

Three games were played in the McReynolds League Cup this weekend. Brantwood put five goals past the visiting Carniny Amateurs, who were reduced to 10-men in the first half. Brantwood opened the scoring in the seventh minute before goals from Jordan Rainey, Chris Rafferty and a brace from Ryan McAuley.

Ballynure Old Boys opened the scoring in just the second minute in their trip to Magherafelt Sky Blues, through Ricky Higgins. A Steve Hassan equaliser for the Sky Blues wasn’t enough to spur on a comeback as goals from ronnie Burns (2) and Nathan Gary wrapped gave Ballynure a convincing win.

A hat-trick from John-John McFerran gave Dunloy a convincing half-time lead in their home fixture against FC Ballynure. Ballynure were off the pace and a Chris Smylie brace in the second half rounded off a thumping 5-0 defeat.  

In Round Three of the Crawford Cup two goals from Ryan Davey weren’t enough as they ran out 3-2 losers against Mallusk Athletic who had Joe Ward, Ross Middleton and an own goal to thank for their win.


In Junior Division One Antrim Rovers met last season’s champions Ballyclare Comrades Res at Antrim Forum and went two goals in front thanks to a Darren Adair brace in the 19th and 26th minutes. The Comrades came back to take a point with goals scored by Daniel Ellis in the 32nd and 80th minutes.

Cookstown Olympic met near neighbours Desertmartin Swifts and took the lead through a  Kieran Loughrey strike only to see Kyle Wilson ensure the Swifts a point.

In the Carrickfergus derby game, Castle Star scored an 88th minute winner after an 11 goal thriller with Woodlands.

Tom Ogilvie, Alex Haggan (2) Paul Addis and Ross Oliver scored for Woodlands and Dean Meneely (2), William Henry, Paul Garvey, Nathan Poulter and Michael James scored for the Star.


In Junior Division Two FC Larne got back to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over Moyola Park Olympic with the goals from Philip Mawhinney and Stuart Paisley.

FC Ballynure Res and Remo FC drew 1-1 after Jason Bannon scored in the 60th minute for Reno only for Andy Harris to grab a 90th minute equaliser.


Junior Division Three’s Rathcoole FC Res defeated Wakehurst Strollers 2-1 at home after. Steven Quigley put the Strollers in front on the 40th minute. A brace of goals by Brian Black in the 60th and 83rd minutes secured the points for Rathcoole.

1st Carrick Old Boys and Clough Rangers Athletic shared five goals with the Old Boys taking the points thanks to goals by Stevie Craig (2) and Andy McCarroll.

Brantwood Res made up ground on Wakehurst in the league thanks to a two goal win away at Carrick Swifts. In the other game played Newington YC II beat Red Star by 10 goals to two.


In Junior Division Four Forthriver FC and league leaders Krag Albion met on the 3G pitch at Carrickfergus where Krag won 3-0 thanks to goals scored by Jamie Montgomery (2) and Noel Williams. Mallusk Athletic Res and Glengormley United played out a scoreless draw while Monkstown FC beat 3rd Ballyclare Old Boys 7-2.


FC Whiteabbey and Cookstown RBL had to go to extra time to decide their game in the Canada Trophy.  The teams were level at 2-2 at the end of ninety minutes before RBL scored twice in extra time to one goal scored by Whiteabbey. RBL goals were scored by Andy Kelso, Andy Smith and Ricky McMenemy (2). Killymoon Rangers Res met AFC Carrick at the Sports Arena in Cookstown with AFC scoring three goals through Steven Beattie, Tony Matthews and Michael Deignan.

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