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Harryville Homers clinch Antrim Junior Shield and target more glory

By Martin Mawhinney

Harryville Homers last night went half-way to completing a special double with a 2-0 victory over Ballyvea in the Toals County Antrim Junior Shield final at Seaview.

And manager Robert Duddy insists his side can complete the job with victory over Rosemount Rec in the Junior Cup final at Windsor Park on Monday, to become the first team to capture both trophies in the same season since Immaculata in 2009.

He said: "I don't see why not. We showed hunger and desire tonight, and if we do that again, we'll take some beating.

"This is a special bunch of players and it's a great feeling to have won the Junior Shield for the first time."

Ballyvea threatened to break the deadlock on 21 minutes, but saw Mark McConnell's shot saved by Alex McCosh, then Alan Rainey's follow-up was blocked on the line by the sliding Ricky Nicholl.

It was a golden opportunity which the Kilkeel men would rue, as four minutes later, Paul McNeill played the ball along the ground to Darren Campbell, who despatched the simplest of tap-ins.

Ballyvea were close to equalising in the aftermath of the opener, with Mark Burden striking the underside of the upright.

But Harryville grabbed themselves another goal - this time in the 29th minute, with Rainey redirecting a shot from Gary Bonnes and past the helpless Steven Main.

The Ballyvea keeper had to be alert once again on 69 minutes, as he kept out another McNeill effort from inside the area.

Ballyvea: Main, J McConnell, Hanna, Bennett, D McConnell, P McConnell (Chambers 63), Johnston, Haugh (Stewart 70), Gordon, Burden, M McConnell (Thompson 80). Subs not used: Stevenson, Patterson.

Harryville Homers: McCosh, R Nicholl, Stewart, Russell, Reid, Baird, Campbell, Bonnes (Rowe 83), McNeill (Magill 89), Rainey (Logan 78), D Nicholl. Subs not used: Spratt, McKay.

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