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Resounding victory for Bangor Swifts helps keep their season alive

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Bangor Swifts joint manger Ryan Wilson

Bangor Swifts joint manger Ryan Wilson

Bangor Swifts joint manger Ryan Wilson

If Bangor Swifts wanted everyone to know how serious they are about keeping their season alive, they certainly went about it in the right way on Saturday, as they thumped 12 past 4th Newtownabbey without reply in third round of the Clarence Cup.

This was a much more one-sided affair than the Swifts’ all-Division 1C second round win over Mossley covered by The Park last month, which went all the way to a penalty shootout.

The victory means that the North Down side, managed jointly by Ryan Wilson and Paul Walls, have a fourth round tie against Rathfern Rangers to look forward to… and in turn, adding to the four league games they only have left to fulfill this season.

Rosemount Rec may have secured their second Junior Cup semi-final in two years, but they came up just short in their Clarence Cup encounter with Shorts, losing 3-2.

Dunmurry Rec are in the mix for a top two finish in Division 1A, and underlined their Premier Division credentials with a 2-0 away win over Ardglass, while fellow promotion pushers Lisburn Rangers did the same with a 3-1 triumph over Drumaness Mills.

There were to be no further casualties from the Amateur League’s top tier, however, as Crumlin Star secured a 4-2 win over Comber Rec at Park Way, and Downpatrick avoided a potential slip-up against Barn United, though the 1A relegation battlers - who featured in last week’s edition of The Park - didn’t make it easy for their visitors, who left with a narrow 2-1 win.

And Woodvale - who were playing in round four on Saturday - will be very much hoping Immaculata will have their full attentions on securing a Premier Division title, after their 3-1 win over 18th Newtownabbey earned them a fifth round away clash with Kevin Lawlor’s side in the fifth round, on April 9.

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