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Junior Shield of dreams for Tullycarnet who crush Kelvin Old Boys

Tullycarnet 4-0 Kelvin Old Boys

By Martin Mawhinney

Tullycarnet lifted the Junior Shield for the first time as they comprehensively defeated Amateur League Division 1A rivals Kelvin Old Boys 4-0 at Seaview.

The Dundonald-based club have only been in the Amateur League for the past three years, and are bidding for the league title which would promote them from the Junior to the Intermediate ranks.

And if this is to be their last season as a Junior club, what a way to say farewell.

Tullycarnet fans had their hearts in their mouths on nine minutes, as a close-range shot from Craig Martin was parried towards William Gill, but they breathed a sigh of relief as Thomas Gorman cut in with a timely challenge.

The Moat Park men got their best chance of the first half through a 36th minute free-kick, from the corner of the box. Colin Callagher drilled it, with power, but Barry Lavery got down well to bring the ball into his grasp.

Tullycarnet keeper Ryan Laverty was a relieved man again as one of his defenders got a foot to a William McAllister header from Gary Bingham's corner.

Kelvin had been shading the play but this all changed within 51 seconds of the restart.

Paul Davis latched onto a hopeful forward pass in the box by Colin Callacher and swivelled to blast an unstoppable strike into the bottom left corner of the net.

Ten minutes later, Stephen Brown chose his spot unchallenged from outside of the area, but Lavery was equal to it with an impressive stop.

However, the Kelvin shot-stopper was powerless in the 63rd minute when he was caught out by a square-ball from Brown across the face of goal to Thomas Gorman, who was left with a simple tap-in.

He could do nothing five minutes after this, either, when Davis sent a brilliant angled header from a John Douglas corner directly into the top far corner.

Lavery's disappointing evening was complete when he was shown a red card for confronting Thomas Gorman off-the-ball.

Kelvin conceded again on 86 minutes, as David Hume headed home.

The two sides meet again in the Cochrane Corry Cup final at Seaview on Wednesday (7.30pm).

Kelvin OB: Lavery, Hislop, Booth, McAllister, Williamson, Bingham, Smith, Gill, Martin, Rodgers, Surgeon. Subs: McDonagh, Whiteman, McCullough, Marks, Fletcher.

Tullycarnet: R Laverty, C Laverty, Black, Ferguson, Hume, Campbell, T Gorman, Callacher, Davis, Douglas, Brown. Subs: Winters, McBride, J Gorman, Larmour.

Referee: Colm McDonald (Belfast).

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