FC Whiteabbey ease to win over Ballynure men

FC Whiteabbey and FC Ballynure in action at UUJ. INNT 05-008-FP
FC Whiteabbey and FC Ballynure in action at UUJ. INNT 05-008-FP

Ballymena and Provincial League round-up

Saturday’s heavy rain meant it turned out to be a bit of a disaster day with a total of 13 league games postponed.

Junior Division Two: After a scoreless first half FC Whiteabbey emerged a 3-0 winners over FC Ballynure Reserves on the 3G pitch at the University of Ulster.

Tony Southam broke the deadlock when he put Whiteabbey in front in the 70th minute. After this the game opened up with Ballynure having to go for an equaliser, but they got caught when Gerard Southam doubled Whiteabbey’s advantage in the 76th minute.

Ballynure then threw caution to the wind, but with time running out Gerard Southam sealed the points for Whiteabbey with three minutes left.

Division Three: Strugglers 1st Carrickferus Old Boys were on the wrong end of a double figures scoreline when Clough Rangers Athletic put 10 goals past them without reply. It was a complete turn-around from when the two teams met two weeks ago when the Old Boys won by the odd goal in five on their own patch.

Red Star got the better of Carrick Swifts in a 3-1 win on Saturday. The Swifts went in front mid-way through the first half. However, as the interval approached, Glenn Williams found the net for Star, putting the teams back on level terms.

The second half saw both teams go for goals but it was Red Star’s Stuart Thompson who edged his team in front in the 75th minute.

Brian Cunningham nipped in to score Star’s third, five minutes from time.

Clinical finishing saw Newington YC II ease to a 5-0 win over Rathcoole Reserves at The Cliff in Larne. Patirck Davidson (three), Steven Patterson and Francis Lavery netted Newington’s goals.

Mallusk Athletic Reserves eased to a 6-0 win away to Glengormley United. Mallusk’s goalscorers were: Ross Middleton, Michael McParland, Paul Walker, Jason Stirling (two) and Alan McCartney.

At Taylor’s Avenue’s 3G, Forthriver eased to an 8-2 victory over Carnlough Swifts. William Cushley (six), John Madden and Ryan Hill were on target for the home side.