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Ballymena & Provincial League round-up December 15

With the weather in a foul mood on Saturday, it was good to see only one game being lost to a wet pitch as the final games of 2013 came to a close. Play will resume on Saturday, January 4, 2014 so we take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Three McReynolds League Cup games were played on Saturday, with Desertmartin having Brantwood as visitors. Goals from Danny McIlhatton and Robin Patton in the fifth and 50th minutes saw the Martins clear.

Brantwood came back with goals from Matt Armstrong and Jordan Kernoghan in the 65th and 85th minutes to level the game, however Matt Armstrong scored the winner for Brantwood in the 89th minute.

Magherafelt Sky Blues went a goal behind at home to Carniny Amateurs when Davy Hannah converted a penalty in the 22nd minute. The Sky Blues then came back strong with three goals scored by Ciaran Monaghan (2) and Anton McElhone in the 26th, 64th and 86th minutes to claim a 3-1 win.

Rathcoole had Ballynure Old Boys as visitors and in a very tight game. Rathcoole went in front in the 75th minute, but goals scored by Andy Forsythe and Ross McFaul in the 80th and 85th minutes gave Ballynure a 2-1 win.

Woodlands met Carnmoney FC in the Junior One Division with both looking for the win, but had to share the points after a 5-5 draw. Woodlands’ goals were scored by Alex Haggan (3) and Jonny Parkes (2).

Tobermore United Reserves had a resurgent Mallusk Athletic as visitors on Saturday, with goals from Henry Edgar and Adam Frew in the 3rd and 10th minutes putting Mallusk in front.

Solomon Lubwama scored for Tobermore in the 30th minute before Michael Frew replied for Mallusk in the 39th minute. Paul White gave Tobermore hope when he scored in the 61st minute but Paul Brown completed the scoring in the 74th minute for Mallusk to win.

Castle Star and Desertmartin Swifts met on the 3G pitch at Carrickfergus, where the Swifts went three goals in front before Castle pulled a goal back. The Swifts then made it 4-1 before Castle scored a second in the final minutes.

Moyola Park Olympic maintained their place at the top of the Junior Two Division after beating AFC Carrick at Mill Meadow.

Goals scored by Michael Clarke (2) and Darren Scullion in the eighth, 32nd and 40th minutes saw Moyola in a strong position before Ryan Clarke pulled a goal back for AFC.

Carniny Amateurs II claimed their first league win after defeating FC Larne 2-1 with goals scored by Dimitar Chimulev and Neil Kennedy in the 27th and 31st minutes. They then conceded an own goal in the 51st minute.

Cookstown RBL went down at home to Remo FC, who scored twice through Steven McGregor in the 60th minute and James Brown in the 70th minute.

Ballyclare North End and fellow neighbours Ballynure Old Boys ‘B' fought a high-scoring contest, with Ryan Davey (2), Ross Lyness (2) and Robert Bonnes scoring for North End and Ian Boyd, Sammy Duff and Conor Graham for Ballynure.

In the other game played, Sport & Leisure Reserves beat FC Ballynure Reserves 3-2.

In the Carrickfergus Derby in the Junior Three Division, 1st Carrick Old Boys beat Red Star 3-0 through goals scored by Andrew McIlrath in the 20th minute, Stuart Pettinger in the 66th minute and John Keys in the 75th minute without reply.

Wakehurst Strollers recorded a 2-1 home win over Rathcoole FC Reserves, who took the lead after Kieran McAllister scored in the 14th minute. Jon Alexander levelled the game for Wakehurst in the 23rd minute before, in stoppage time, Rathcoole conceded an own goal to give Wakehurst all three points.

Carrick Swifts were at home to Newington YC II and trailed 3-1 at half-time. Newington scored another six in the second half to run out 9-1 winners.

In the Junior Four Division, AFC Carrick Reserves lost 6-1 at home to Forthriver, whose goals were scored by Jon Morris (2), Graham Orr, Brian Shaw, Alan McVeigh and Graham McFarlane.

Mallusk Athletic Reserves notched up another home win thanks to goals scored by Adam Sloan, Jason Stirling (2), Aaron Finn and Damian Della Croce (2) with the Old Boys scoring twice.

Glengormley United lost out 3-1 against Krag Albion, with Jonny Robb completing a hat-trick for the Albion.

In the other game played, Monkstown FC led Carnlough Swifts 5-0 at half-time. In the worsening conditions, they scored another 11 without reply after the break.

Three goals scored by Tommy Bownes in the 8th, 22nd and 68th minutes saw Antrim Rovers progress into the next round of the Canada Trophy away to Brantwood Reserves, who did not score.

FC Whiteabbey, with goals scored by Martin Cousins (2), Gerald Southam (3), Conor Mullan, and Kyle Rooney, beat Clough Rangers Athletic 7-3. Athletic’s goals were scored by Malcolm McDonald, Gary Hamilton and an own goal.

Belfast Telegraph