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Mixed bag for Premier teams in Clarence Cup

By Martin Mawhinney

Downpatrick's supporters were treated to an 11-goal belter on Saturday, with their side winning 8-3, but it wasn't plain sailing for all of the clubs from the Amateur League's top division in the Clarence Cup second round.

For while Kevin Trueman's men were racking the goals up, they were harder to come by for Premier Division basement club Islandmagee, who succumbed to a 2-1 loss against Division 2B leaders Aquinas.

They weren't the only top flight club to lose to lower-ranked opposition, either, as Division 2A's leading side Tullycarnet knocked out Nortel with a 3-2 win, Colin Valley overcame Shankill United 4-2 on their own patch, and Wellington Rec scored a massive 5-2 away win over Malachians.

Other Premier clubs fared better, with Crumlin Star following last weekend's tight 3-2 Irish Cup victory over Oxford United Stars with an equally tense 2-1 win over Portaferry Rovers, Derriaghy CC beating Basement 4-1, while Kilmore Rec and Drumaness Mills coasted through to round three with respective 4-0 and 6-0 wins over Newington Rangers and Drumbo.

Elsewhere, the Rathfriland Rangers side that impressed in their Irish Cup fifth round defeat to Crusaders last weekend were beaten 3-1 at home to Bryansburn Rangers, Bangor Amateurs smashed six without reply past Ravenhill YM, Rathfern Rangers progressed after a 5-4 win over Lower Shankill, and Dunmurry YM were knocked out after losing 4-1 at Woodvale.

Grove United ensured they made home advantage count, as they ran out 3-1 winners over Iveagh United, Barn United landed a 3-0 triumph at Civil Service, while Comber Rec were 2-1 victors in their all-Division 1A encounter with St Pat's YM (see match report on The Park website).

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