After last week’s Irish Cup defeat defeat to Drumaness Mills, Nortel bounced back with a 2-0 win away over Dunmurry Rec.
Goals from Jordan Clarke and Stuart Conlin secured another valuable three points as the Factory Grounds club push ever closer to top spot in the Premier Division. Paul Foy’s men are level on points with leaders Malachians but, crucially, they have two games in hand.
Saturday’s result delighted skipper Andrew Simpson who took to Twitter, writing: “Normal service resumed today. @NortelFC boys just don’t no (sic) when to give up. Well done the lads coming off the bench and changing the game.”
This weekend Nortel face a trip to The Cliff to take on Steel and Sons Cup beaten semi-finalists Crumlin Star.
In Division 1A, sixth-placed UUJ moved within two points of opponents Rosario, thanks to a 2-0 win away at the south Belfast club. J. Donaldson and Padraig Scollay were on target for Darrach Teague’s men.
Graham McConnell’s Wellington Rec lost by a single goal at home to Rathfriland Rangers. The result leaves the Brookvale Park men one point above bottom side, East Belfast, but with four games in hand. This weekend McConnell takes his men to Mill Road to face third-placed Crumlin United.
In Division 1B, Rathfern Rangers occupy 10th spot after they lost 2-1 to St Patrick’s YM at the Diamond. Gary Orr scored the local side’s goal.
Bill Campbell’s men will be aiming for all three points this weekend when they travel to Ballynahinch United. Victory will see Rangers overtake the Millbridge outfit in the league standings.
Kilroot Rec remain rooted to the bottom of Division 1C after a 3-1 defeat to Dromore Amateurs at Castleview Road.
Rec just can’t buy a win at the minute. They have lost all 10 of their league encounters this season, shipping in a worrying 54 goals and scoring a meagre seven.
Few would bank on them landing the derby day bragging rights when they entertain Newington Rangers this weekend. But football is, to use a well-worn phrase, a funny old game, and anything is possible.
Newington go into Saturday’s showdown on the back of a comprehensive 5-0 defeat away at Colin Valley. But with just one point from their last 15 available, Rangers will be desperate to bag a win against their local rivals in what could prove to be quite an interesting encounter. Watch this space.
Campbell Graham’s Mossley recorded only their second league win of the season with a 3-1 success at home to mid-table men Donard Hospital.
Jordi Fettis, a new signing from Garnge Rangers, scored with his first touch and Nick Agnew added another with an acrobatic finish. Former Rathfern Rangers frontman Colin Andrews was also on target.
The result puts Mossley within touching distance of Dromore Amateurs, who they travel to this weekend.
Mid-table 18th Newtownabbey Old Boys lost 3-1 to Bangor Amateurs at Cloyne Crescent.
Lee Garrett scored the Monkstown men’s only goal, getting on the end of Bryan Galloway’s searching crossfield ball before rounding the keeper to tap home. Sammy Chambers enjoyed a good game in 18th’s defence, making several crucial blocks. Garry Campbell’s men sit eighth in the table after Saturday’s disappointment, and the result brings a three-game unbeaten league run to an end.
In Division 2B, Whitehead Eagles had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw at home to Civil Service.
Greenisland FC remain top of Division 2C after a 2-2 draw at Finaghy. The Glenkeen Avenue side have yet to lose a league game this season and are three points clear of St Teresa’s YC in second.
It’s an altogether different story for Carnmoney side 4th Newtownabbey, who have yet to register a league win.
They occupy second-bottom in 2C with just two draws to their name. They went down 4-1 to sixth-paced Suffolk Swifts at the weekend.