Belfast Telegraph

In pictures: Holders Crusaders see off Larne in cagey County Antrim Shield semi-final

By Gareth Hanna

Larne might be the Irish League's next big thing, but the current top dogs reminded their visitors of the present hierarchy in the County Antrim Shield semi-final at Seaview.

Crusaders ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Paul Heatley's second half header; the winger's seventh goal in six games.

It was a tight affair in north Belfast, Larne enjoying large swathes of possession in front of a vociferous travelling support that numbered close to 1,000.

For all their possession, Larne created little in front of goal, their best opportunities coming when top-scorer Marty Donnelly and David Scullion played a neat one-two to create an eventually smothered shot and when the impressive Jeff Hughes tested Harry Doherty in the second-half.

The Crues fought for everything and stepped things up after the half-time interval, Jordan Forsythe curling wide and BJ Burns testing Michael Dougherty before the goal arrived. When the deadlock was broken, it was in fine style, Heatley timing his run perfectly to nod home Ross Clarke's telling in-swinging cross.

The other semi-final between Ballymena United and Linfield was postponed after a 5pm pitch-inspection.

North West Cup

Limavady United smashed a shadow Coleraine side 5-0.

The game, which was switched the Championship side's ground due to a flooded Coleraine Showgrounds, proved easy for the hosts as Shane Boyle and Alex Pomeroy had United 2-0 up at the break, after which Sean McCarron blasted in a hat-trick.

Elsewhere, Institute edged out Ballinamallard 2-0 thanks to Seamus Quinn's first-half goal and Jamie McIntyre's late addition.

Mid-Ulster Cup

Dungannon Swifts were due to visit Glenavon in the Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final but that tie was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Mourneview Park. Portadown play Warrenpoint in the second semi-final next month.

Here are the games as they happened:

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