Rovers and Celtic close gap.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

WITH league leaders Ballyvea and Tollymore playing each other in the Dalzell Cup, Mourne Rovers and Celtic Bhoys took their opportunity to close the gap on them at the top of the table.

Rovers beat Rossglass while Celtic only managed a draw at home to Newcastle Swifts.

Mourne Rovers were always in control in their game at home to an average Rossglass County with the Mourne team outplaying.

County throughout an entertaining game with goals from Conor Sloan, Ryan McCullough and Ciaran O'Hare in a 3-0 scoreline.

Celtic Bhoys meanwhile could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle Swifts.

Swifts hit the net through a Neill Corr brace with Caoloan Boyd and Stephen Galbraith on the scoresheet for Celtic.

Killough stay in contention Killough continued their good start to the season with a home 2-1 win over a game Dundrum Utd.

Dundrum sit rooted to the bottom of the table and are still seeking their first league win of the season.

However, they put in a brave performance against Killough at Millfield on Saturday.

On the scoresheet for Dundrum was player-manager Chris Hogg, while Conor Black and Jamie O'Connor chipped in to take the points for Killough.

Forest swagger to an away win Castlewellan Forest swaggered to a comfortable 5-2 away win over the home side Downpatrick Athletic.

The losers were never really in the hunt as Forest scored with ease through Shane Mooney with a welltaken hat-trick and a brace from Aiden Doran.

On target for Athletic was Colum McCoubrey with two.

Division 1 throw-ins

Ballyvea II 'eight' alive Ballyvea II made the journey to Killyleagh at the weekend and suffered an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Ballynagross.

The 'Gross are favourites for the title this season, having returned from the Amateur League in the close season.

In a one-sided game Ballyvea were well out of their depth throughout, but never gave up.

They gained a score while Gross scored at will through Daniel Taggart (2), Conor Marron, Deaglan Craig, Declan Dowie, Eoin McCavera and two own goals to keep the Killyleaghbased side in league contention with a bad set back for the Mourne men.

Dromara II draw derby Dromara II had to settle for a share of the points at home to near neighbours Ballynahinch Olympic on Saturday.

This game was a tight affair with little asked or given, but played in a good spirit with a draw just about a fair outcome.

On target for the home side were Kevin Short and Ryan Cunningham, while Jack Ruddy came up with a brace for Olympic.

Swifts swamped by Bhoys Ballynahinch Swifts were swamped 4-0 by home side Celtic Bhoys II in a more even game than the scoreline suggests.

In the end the Bhoys were well worth their three points secured by goals from Niall Gordon, Dylan Kelly, Michael Burns and Johnny.

Mills Reserves lose at home Carryduff Athletic were the visitors to Meadowvale on Saturday and knotched up a 4-1 away win.

This will keep them in the running for a crack at the Division 1 title come next spring.

Goals came from the usual suspects Niall Basketfield and Jonny Wilkinson with a well-taken hattrick.

Young Boys 'Strangled' Newcastle Young Boys came across a well-drilled Strangford outfit at Donard Park on Saturday, losing 5-1.

It was a highly entertaining game that keeps Strangford under the radar for the title.

Goals from Pat Kerr, Darren Black, Callum Shields, Louis McMullan and an own goal, while Newcastle hit the net through Ciaran Walsh.

Division 2 short corners

Ballyvea II were on the wrong end of a 3-1 home defeat to Kilmore II with only an Andy McMullan goal to show for their afternoon's work.

Gerard Gervis scored a brace for the second week in a row, assisted by Conor McStay for Kilmore.

Drums get a win Dundrum II managed a 4-1 home win over Rossglass II at Dundrum with goals coming from Darragh Hamilton (2), Blaine Warnock and Aaron McKibben.

Elsewhere Mourne Rovers II struck gold away to near neighbours Valley Colts with goals from Nicky Houston in a 2-1 win.

Saintfield III and Ballynahinch Oly II shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Kilmore Road.



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