Ballynure put eight past Ballysillan

Ballynure Old Boys' manager, Gary Burns.
Ballynure Old Boys' manager, Gary Burns.

Hat-tricks by Josh McIlroy and Andy Forsythe were the highlight of the goal-fest in Belfast where Ballynure Old Boys thrashed Ballysillan Swifts 8-0 in the Ballymena and Provincial League Intermediate Division.

Junior Division 1: Two up and cruising, Ballyclare Comrades Reserves seemed on course for a win but after two players saw red, they had to settle for a 4-4 draw away to Mallusk Athletic.

A robust tackle earned Nathan Stranaghan a red in the 70th minute, and 12 minutes later Ryan McIlwaine followed him to the changing rooms for dissent.

It was a topsy-turvy Ballymena Junior League Division 1 fixture, with Athletic building up a two-goal lead in the opening quarter before the Reds gained control to lead 4-2 midway through the second half.

More coverage in this week’s Times.

Ballymena and Provincial League results

Intermediate Division

Ballysillan Swifts 0-8 Ballynure OB

Chimney Corner 3-2 Rathcoole

Junior Division 1

Cookstown RBL 2-1 Desertmartin Swifts

Mallusk Athletic 4-4 Ballyclare Comrades Reserves

Cookstown Olympic 2-3 Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves

Junior Division 2

Moyola Park Olympic 2-2 Brantwood Res

Junior Division 3

1st Carrickfergus Old Boys 4-2 3rd Ballyclare OB

Remo FC Res 2-2 Mallusk Athletic Res

Ballysillan Swifts Res 2-2 Whitehead Rangers