Killeavy United secured a very important victory in the Premier Division of the Carnbane (Newry and Mourne) Football League on Saturday. They defeated Bessbrook United 4-2 in another very exciting game in which fortunes swayed from one team to the other.
Killeavy, minus the dangerous Anthony O'Hare, their star forward who could well be out of action for a month, took time to settle down, but once they found the target they always looked the slightly better team. Robbie Hempkin, Ciaran Duffy, David Reel, and Mark Stanfield were their scorers. Pat Gregory and Philip Hughes scored Bessbrook's goals.
Crieve Rovers gained three brilliant points when they stunned Woodside with a 5-2 victory. Aidan Mackin, Darren Bannon, Niall Young (2) and Charlie Broughton were their scorers. Thomas Marks scored Woodside's two goals.
Finn Harps also moved up the league table and well clear of the relegation zone with a narrow 4-3 win over Villa Rovers. Chris Ruddy, Pawing Samaryglaw, Paddy Maughan, and Steven Entwistle were the Finn Harps scorers. Stephen Lennon, Jude Rooney (penalty) and Richard Troope were Villa's scorers.
Kilkeel Athletic lost 4-2 at home against Ballybot United. Their youthful looking combination tried hard but the more experienced Ballybot team triumphed in the end.
Finally, congratulations to Clanrye Athletic from Division 1 on sealing their first win of the season. It happened at Willie Davis Park, where they defeated visiting Moira Albion 6-2 in the first round stage of the Ivan Marshall Mid Ulster Shield.