Day of shocks at top of table

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

IT was a day of shock results at the head of the Premier table, when three of the top guns all lost out unexpectedly.

This left league leaders, Ballyvea running out of games and their nearest rivals, Annalong also falling away to challengers Carryduff Colts at Lough Moss.

We start at Carryduff where Annalong travelled knowing full well that anything less than a win would mean an end to their challenge for the Rathmourne Cup.

They slipped up and went down 2-1 to an exuberant Carryduff side, who now play the Swifts back-to-back this Saturday.

On the scoresheet for Annalong was Mark Newell, while Rory McDonnell and Sean Irwin netted for the south Belfast side to keep the race for the title wide open.


Ballyvea running out of games

Ballyvea, despite home advantage, failed to take a step closer to the title after going down by the odd goal in seven to a strong Downpatrick Athletic outfit.

They proved to be real party poopers at Carginagh Road on a sunny afternoon that was ideal for good football, a product which both side produced on the day.

Despite goals from Mark Burden (2) and Rab Stevenson for the home side, Downpatrick put the cat amongst the pigeons with goals from Barry Tracey (2), Andy McCoubrie and Christian Holland, leaving Alan Haugh's side with only two games left to lift the title.


Seasiders slump as well

Newcastle Swifts also slumped to defeat and put themselves out of contention for the championship thanks to a 3-1 away defeat to a reborn Killough side at Millfield.

The home side were the better competitors, winning all the second ball and putting together some great passages of play to run out worthy winners over the Seasiders side,which must now rebuild for next season.

On the scoresheet for Killough were Connor Kelly (2) and Freddie O'Connor, while Pearse McCarthy got a consolation for the Seasiders.


Bhoys back to winning ways

Celtic Bhoys were good value for their 3-0 away win over Tollymore at Bear Park, which was bathed in sunshine perfect for football.

However, the Bears could not turn their chances into goals, so the Bhoys notched up three of their own through Chris McDowell, Chris Perry and Dylan Kelly.


Olympic still seeking first win

A 2-1 home defeat by Rossglass County left Ballynahinch Olympic seeking their first win of the season at Kilmore Road.

County were just about worthy of their win and were helped along the way with goals from Oran Tumelty and Marc Burke.

Connor McMullan got a consolation score for Olympic, who may have to wait until next season for a win.


Dundrum go clear at Langley

Dundrum made the trip down the A24 to Ballynahinch Swifts for their Division 1 game hoping to forget last weekend's list of misses against Carryduff Athleic.

They took on a young Ballynahinch side who have done really well this season.

Dundrum certainly took their chances at Langley Road on Saturday, netting five times without reply through goals from Chris Hogg (2), Kyle Glavin (2) and Chris McMulholland to go clear at the top of the table with games in hand on the chasing pack.


Kirkistown's good season continues

Kirkistown continued their good season at the weekend with a sound 2-1 away win over Ballyvea II at Carginagh Road, with goals from Anton Braniff with a brace of goals.


Dromara II lose interest

Dromara II are losing interest in the Division 1 title race after losing 4-1 away to Strangford.

The home side wewase too strong for John Wright's team, who need to get the wheels on quickly if they are to participate in the run in with any involvement.

Strangford hit the net through Martin Craig (2), Shea Savage and Francis Black, while James Clements replied for Dromara.



Elsewhere Drumaness Reserves enjoyed a 7-0 home win over lowly Kilmore II at Meadowvale.



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