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Ballymena & Provincial League round-up October 12

Ballynure Old Boys had near neighbours FC Ballynure as visitors and with a hat-trick from Ronnie Burns and goals from Josh McIlroy and Nathan Gray, they collected all three points in an easy 5-0 win.

Magherafelt Sky Blues met close neighbours Desertmartin at Spires hoping to get their first win over the Martins. Thing looked promising with the teams locked together at half time at 3-3 with goals by Michael Devlin (2) and Ciaran Monaghan for the Sky Blues and James Martin, Daniel McIlhatton and Robin Patton for the Martins.

There were no more goals until the 86th minute but the Martins then scored three more through Mark Shields, Robin Patton and Paul Taylor.

Dunloy had Brantwood as visitors at McCamphill Park and went in a half-time, losing to goals by Jordan Kernoghan in the 18th and 39th minutes.

Dunloy got a goal back, with Conor Reid scoring on the 52nd minute but three more goals on the 65th, 69th and 79th minutes from Mark McCann (2) and Jordan Kernoghan put Brantwood well clear.

Chris Smylie converted a penalty for Dunloy in the 86th minute, then Mark McCann completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 91st minute to give the Brants a 6-2 win.


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In Junior One, Woodlands entertained Antrim Rovers at Woodburn on Saturday with the Rovers scoring five goals through Alan Jones, Anton Watson, Matthew Montgomery, Jim Bownes and Jamie Jackson without reply to give Rovers a first win over their hosts.

Tobermore United Reserves and Desertmartin Swifts shared eight goals between them with six scored in the last five minutes plus stoppage time.

 Steven Cochrane put Tobermore in front in the 35th minute, Jon Smyth equalised in the 55th minute. The late goal rush was started by Martin Doherty to give Tobermore the lead followed by goals from Mervyn Hutchinson, Solomon Lubwama and Martin Doherty for Tobermore and Jon Smyth and Clarke Lennox for the Swifts.

Mallusk Athletic had an 8-1 home win over Magherafelt Sky Blue Reserves with their goals scored by Paul Walker (3), Phil Brown, Adam Frew, Alan McCartney, and Ross Middleton (2). 


In Junior Two, Cookstown RBL had a 3-0 home win over Ballynure Old Boys ‘B', with goals scored by Andy Kelso (2) and James McPartland.

Remo FC went two in front against FC Larne with both goals  by James Brown.  Ricky Girvan pulled a goal back for Larne before Neil McMahon scored Remo's third.

FC Ballynure took the lead against Sport & Leisure Reserves with a penalty but the Sports hit back with goals from Conor McQuillan and Paddy Rice to take the lead. Ballynure hit the equaliser but Declan McCaffrey won the game for the Sports in the 92nd minute.


In Junior Three, Wakehurst Strollers enjoyed a 4-1 win over Carrick Swifts thanks to a hat-trick from Conor Ross and a goal from Timmy Cunningham.

Brantwood Reserves lost their second successive game, going down 5-1 to Newington YC II. Jordan Rainey scored the losers’ consolation. Ryan Spiers and Steve Lewis were the goalscorers for First Carrickfergus OB in their game against Rathcoole FC Reserves but defeat here was even more emphatic, the Newtownabbey side winning 12-2.


In Junior Four, Krag Albion with goals from Dean Haggan (3), Paul Crothers (3), Jonny Robb (2), Darren Moran (1) and an own goal, defeated Carnlough Swifts 10-1. Ballysillan Swifts Reserves won 4-3 at Mallusk Athletic Reserves with Michael McCord, Jak Johnston and Aaron Finn scoring for Mallusk and Joe McDonald (2), Steven Preston and Bert Johnston for the winners.

In the other game, there was also an away win for Glengormley United, who beat AFC Carrick Reserves 7-0.