Rathcoole have to settle for point at Desertmartin

Two players battle for possession in the game between 3rd Ballyclare OB and AFC Carrick.
Two players battle for possession in the game between 3rd Ballyclare OB and AFC Carrick.

We take a look at how the Newtownabbey-based teams fared in this week’s round of matches in the Ballymena and Provincial League.

Premier Division: After defeating Desermartin 3-0 seven days earlier, Rathcoole FC had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw on Saturday.

Rathcoole breached the home defence on 35 minutes to take the lead, and they went for the jugular, scoring two more to go in 3-0 up at the break.

The home side got back into the game in the 55th minute through Danny McIlhatton and reduced the deficit again when Robin Patton netted three minutes later.

Desertmartin got back on level terms when Mark Shields struck in the 70th minute.

Crawford Cup (R4): Remo were edged out on a 2-1 scoreline after their trip to Carniny Amateurs.

It was a closely contested encounter with the Ballymena boys netting the winning goal in the 90th minute. It was Remo who went in front just after the half-hour mark only to see Carniny hit back straight away with Matthew Shevlin scoring the equaliser within 60 seconds.

Adam Whitehurst broke Remo hearts when he struck a last-gasp winner in the final minute of the game.

Junior Division One: Mallusk Athletic were involved in a high-scoring 4-4 draw at home to Antrim Rovers. After a ding-dong battle, they rescued a point just three minutes from time.

Carnmoney’s Jonny Reilly scored the only goal of the game to give his side all three points away to Tobermore United.

Junior Division Two: FC Ballynure Reserves lost 4-1 away to promotion hopefuls Ballysillan Swifts.

Mark Trimmings (two) and Robert Bonnes were on target for Ballyclare North End as they drew 3-3 with AFC Carrick. Michael Deignan netted a hat-trick for AFC,

Division Three: Stephen Benson’s 18th-minute goal gave Rathcoole Reserves maximum points at home to Clough Rangers Athletic.

Division Four: 3rd Ballyclare Old Boys slumped to a 7-2 defeat away to AFC Carrick Reserves.

Stephen Howe and John Kane were on target for the visitors.