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Belfast Telegraph Championship round-up, March 7

All the latest from Championship One and Two:

Championship One

 

Bangor 4 Knockbreda 2

Bangor had to come from behind twice before securing three valuable points against a determined Knockbreda side. Josh Cahoon fired home from five yards in the first minute, but the home side drew level on 20 minutes when Jordan Forsythe was on the spot to head home Andy Hall's free kick. Knockbreda grabbed the lead again on 40 minutes when Dylan Wilson headed Matty King's cross home. Seven minutes after the restart it was even-steven again as Andy Hall's 20 yard free kick flew knee-high into the visitors' net, and 60 seconds later, Bangor took the lead for the first time. Kris Pike's 20-yard ball across the area reached Jordan Forsythe who slammed a rising shot into his top left hand corner. Striker Richard Gibson added a fourth on 66 minutes when he headed home Andy Morrow's pin-point cross.

 

Armagh City 3 Ballyclare Comrades 1

The home side took the lead midway through the opening half when Stephen Murray scored from the penalty spot after Marty Havern had been taken down inside the box. Havern extended the lead twenty minutes later when he fired home from close range following good work by Murray. The visitors were given a life-line 15 minutes from time, when they were awarded a penalty. Samuel McIlveen’s spot-kick was saved by Sean Morgan, but Randal Reid was first to the rebound to reduce the lead. The home side’s third came on 75 minutes when Andrew Hoey slotted the ball past Paddy Flood at the back post following a superb Stephen Murray cross from the right.

 

Championship Two

 

Ballymoney United 0 Lurgan Celtic 5

The visitors saw their pressure pay off on 15 minutes when Conor Lavery tucked a near-post cross past Moore in the home goal and in the 40th minute, Raymond Fitzpatrick blasted home number two from close range. With half time approaching, Niall Lavery curled a corner kick from the left and the ball dropped in on the wind at the back post. Celtic went further ahead on 59 minutes when Conor Lavery latched on to a through ball behind the Ballymoney defence and slotted it under an advancing Moore. Ballymoney couldn’t contain a rampant Lurgan Celtic team who added their fifth goal in the dying minutes courtesy of Dale Malone, but Celtic ended the game with ten men when Cochrane was sent off moments later.

 

Banbridge Town 0 Limavady United 1

Banbridge started well, and on three minutes Mark Teggart chased a ball down the right and fired over a cross which Mattie McCartan just failed to connect with. Lee Harkin and Cathair Friel were beginning to make their presence felt in the Limavady engine room and the latter was unlucky to see a shot cleared off the line by the retreating Mattie McCartan. Town were playing well at the back and competing in midfield but were lacking any penetration up front with Conor Downey having one of his quietest days for a long time. The promotion chasing Roesiders were getting on top and the winning goal came on 69 minutes. Cathair Friel picked the ball up some 40 yards from goal and raced through before slipping his effort under the advancing Stephen Croft.

 

Dollingstown 0 Newington 0

The first half was quite feisty with some very aggressive challenges going on in the midfield area, but the referee managed to keep things under control keeping all the players on the pitch. The first real chance of the game came on 15 minutes, when Glen Hand fired low and hard across the box but no DFC striker was there to capitalise. On 34 minutes, the impressive Neil Clydesdale let fly from 25 yards but his shot flew past the post. Newington's Liam Beasley fired just wife from a free kick early in the second half and when Chris Kinsberry broke down the left, in a one on one with the keeper, the ball bobbled and his effort went beyond the far post. Both teams looked unlikely to break the deadlock and the game petered out to a scoreless draw.

 

Sport & Leisure Swifts 1 Portstewart 2

On ten minutes, Kevin Lynch outpaced the Portstewart defence to score. A mistake from a corner lead to the Portstewart equaliser when a silly challenge resulted in a penalty award and Pedan made no mistake from the spot. Leisure totally dominated the second half with chance after chance going a begging. Anyone who knows anything about football knows if you do not take your chances you get punished and that was the case, as a Portstewart breakaway saw them in the Leisure half for the second time in the half and after a series of deflections the ball fell kindly for Forgrave to score the winner.

 

Tobermore United 1 Queens University 0

Queens were the visitors to a windy Fortwilliam Park in what was another must-not-lose game for the home side. Conor Kearns almost put Tobermore ahead with less than five minutes on the clock when he broke free from his marker but the Queen's keeper was quickly off his line and made a good one-on-one stop. Tobermore continued to dominate proceedings at the start of the second half and got their reward within 10 minutes of the restart. Conor Kearns burst through the students' defence and made no mistake placing the ball past the advancing McCrea to score in off the back post. Kearns was shown a red card for a reckless challenge with 30 minutes left and Queens sprang into life, but despite the students' dominance in the last third of the game, a resolute home defence held out for another welcome win.

 

Annagh United 1 Moyola Park 2

Third-placed Annagh United and fourth-placed Moyola Park met at a windswept Tandragee Road.

Following a Shea Campbell effort on the half-hour, Stretton’s cross was turned into the net by Waddell as Annagh took a slender half time lead. Within five minutes of the restart, Acheson's header tested Farniok and his counterpart Fox saved well when Healy went through one-on-one. Annagh were thankful on 55 minutes, when Dowie’s wind-assisted drive hit the bar, and Moyola sub Gallagher nearly made an immediate impact as his first touch was a shot well saved by Fox. The sides were level on 64 minutes, when Chris Dowie latched onto a poor pass by Gardiner and finished low past Fox. And the Moyola front man broke Annagh hearts when he scored the winner on 90 minutes, as he beat the offside trap, took down the long ball and beat the onrushing Fox.

Belfast Telegraph