Shock of the day by the Town

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Shock of the day by the Town thumbnailBallyvea staying ahead.

CASTLEWELLAN II caused the shock of the day when they dumped cup holders Celtic Bhoys out of the Harry Clarke Cup at Kilmore Road, winning 3-0 with ease.

The Downpatrick-based side has been a pale shadow of the team that lifted the Clarke Cup last season, but let's give the Town the credit for taking the game to Celtic and causing them all sorts of trouble throughout the 90 minutes. Goals came from McKibben (2) and Doyle.

Swifts beat Rovers but only just

Annalong Swifts made the short journey to Carginagh Road at the weekend and faced a tough afternoon. Mourne Rovers gave as good as they got, probably deserving more from this cup game, which could have been so much different for Rovers had Annalong 'keeper big John Sloan not pulled of a magical save at 1-0.

Annalong were even afforded the luxury of missing a penalty, so were thankful for goals from Stephen Burden and Andrew McAlister.

Mills mince Athletic

Drumaness Mills Reserves were also the shock specialists when they saw off Downpatrick Athletic at Kilmore Road, winning 4-2 in a game that the Premier side were expected to win. The Division 1 side made it a great afternoon for the Meadowvale side. On target for Athletic was Sean McMahon with a brace.

Ballyvea 7up

Ballyvea had a stroll in the park at Rathfriland on Saturday when they were far too good for hosts, Moneyslane III in the Clarke Cup winning 7-0 in a one-sided game that had little of note for Slane.

Ballyvea were always going to win this one, it was only a case of by how many and those goals came from Mark Burden with a hat-trick, Keith Hanna (2), Robert Stevenson and Alan Chambers.

Seasiders win on road at Strangford

Newcastle Swifts were on their travels in the Clarke Cup at the Links Strangford, winning a cracking game 6-2 on a sticky pitch that did not hinder the Seasiders. They played a good brand of football and produced goals from Neill Corr (2), Chris Rice, James Magee, Leigh Moore and the assistance of an own goal. Strangford replied from Darren Black and Ronan Clarke.

Drums come unstuck at Rossglass

Dundrum travelled to Dunleath Park to take on Premier side Rossglass County, where the top flight side were just too strong for the Division 1 side.

Dundrum went into the game full of confidence after last weekend's top-of-the-table win at Dromara. However they were brought back to earth as a hot and cold County side were hot enough on Saturday to progress to the third round of the cup, leaving Dundrum having to wait another year for a cup run.

On target for Rossglass were Danny McKay, Ryan Buns and Cormac McLaughin in a 3-0 home win.

United 'Duffed'

Ballynahinch United Swifts were taken apart at Millbridge on Saturday in the Clarke Cup losing 5-1 on a heavy pitch in a game that gave little light to the home side throughout. Jonny Wilkinson (2), Nial Basketfield (2) and David Boal (2) were Carryduff Athletic scorers.

Killough win again in back to back

Killough were 3-1 winners in the only Premier game of the day at Millfield against Ballynahinch Olympic, who will be happy with the outcome as they were beaten 5-0 by the same opposition in a back-to-back game. On target for Killough were Philip Gelston (2) and Connor Kelly while Chris Quinn replied for Olympic.


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