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Chile-bound Ewan signs off in style

By Graham Hamilton

Cookstown's Ewan Butler has hung up his stick - but before he heads off on a three-year sabbatical to Chile, the experienced defender played his part as the Tyrone men ran up a 6-0 win over Civil Service.

Butler has been part of the Red Army for 15 years, and during that time he has picked up a dozen medals including league, Kirk Cup, Anderson Cup and Irish Senior Cup, as well as being part of the Irish Under 18 team that landed European gold back in 2002.

But the schoolteacher is heading to South America with his fiancee Rachel King to take up a teaching post near Santiago -at a school he visited when on a school trip with Limavady Grammar seven years ago.

"I hope to assist Chile's national coach Rony Stein who teaches at the school," said Ewan.

"It will be a three-year career break, although we will be returning in August briefly for our wedding ceremony.

"We had a send-off at the clubhouse on Saturday and we head off on February 17."

The comfortable win over Service on Saturday keeps Cookstown hot on the heels of leaders Kilkeel with two games in hand and it was Stuart Smyth who did the damage with a hat-trick.

Kilkeel, though, show no signs of relaxing and the 3-0 success at Portadown keeps them firmly in the hunt for title honours.

This time it was goals from David Finlay, William Annett and Ryan Cunningham that earned them the win at Edenvilla Park.

Two strikes from Neal Anderson has lifted Belfast Harlequins into the top four following their 4-1 win at Mossley, which gave coach Fergie Cosgrove success over his former club.

And a hat-trick from Josh Gilmore helped North Down to a 5-1 win at bottom club Raphoe to take them further clear from the relegation zone.

Campbellians also eased their plight near the foot of the table when they scored three times in the last 12 minutes against a Newry side that lost their discipline in the last quarter.

Finally, South Antrim are the new Senior One leaders as they ran up double figures for the second time against Ballynahinch, with Adam Glass bagging four and Simon Watt a treble.

Ulster Premier League: Cookstown 6 (S Smyth 3, J Ames, G Allen, M Crooks) Civil Service 0; Mossley 1 (C McLean) Belfast Harlequins 4 (N Anderson 2, C Lemon, L McClelland); Portadown 0 Kilkeel 3 (D Finlay, W Annett, R Cunningham); Raphoe 1 (A Tinney) North Down 5 (J Gilmore 3, P Wilson, D Shepherd); Campbellians 3 (J Clarke, C Mack, C Bannister) Newry 0

Senior One: Bangor 3 (R Burgess, D McClune, M McComb) Portrush 1; Antrim 1 (S McIlroy) Queen's 2 (G Leckey, C Anderson); Ballynahinch 0 South Antrim 12 (A Glass 4, S Watt 3, P Maguire 2, P Wilson, J Brown, H Cartmill); Armagh 2 Cliftonville 4 (M McParland 2, W Booker, C Robinson)

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