Local football round up, 4th February 2012
Only one Premier Division match survived the atrocious weather conditions on Saturday. Cleary Celtic and Killeavy were level at 1-1 at the interval when referee Dessie Kavanagh decided to abandon the game due to the torrential downpour of rain. There were no complaints from either team about this decision as this game was in doubt even before kick off due to the battered playing surface.
Finn Harps overcame Ballybot United by two goals to nil at the Barley field. Caolin Gray scored both Harp’s goals to move them into joint second in the league table – albeit, the teams around them have a number of games in hand. Ballybot still lie third from bottom and will need to start picking up points to steer themselves away from the relegation zone.
Whitecross have now opened up a six point advantage over North End Strollers at the summit of the First division. They rattled six past Cartwheel at Jennings park to bring their goal scoring tally to 25 in their last four games. Both games at Jennings park were in doubt though as the rain got so heavy just after half time, that many on the sidelines thought play might have to be abandoned. The rain eased off though and both games were played to a finish in very difficult conditions for the players. Cathal McSherry and Alan Bann continued their hot goal scoring streak, both chipping in with a brace. Darren Shields caught out the Cartwheel keeper when his corner went right over his head and into the back of the onion bag. Colm O’Hanlon was the other Whitecross goalscorer.
In the other game played at Jennings park, North End Strollers slipped up as they were beaten by middle table side Bohemians 2-1. The game started brightly for the ‘Strollers when they took the lead after just 30 seconds. Peter Falloon drew the sides level when he scored directly from a free kick. Boh’s took the lead just before half time when Paddy Heaney played a precise through ball to Felix Flynn, who kept his cool and gave them a 2-1 lead at the interval. The ‘Strollers dominated possession in the second half but struggled to create any real goal scoring opportunities.
Midway missed their chance to capitalize on the ‘Stollers defeat as they could only manage a draw with Villa Rovers at Derrybeg. Villa took the lead through Jude Rooney and looked to be on course for the three points until Feilim McCoy scored late on for Midway to give both sides a share of the spoils.
Parkview picked up their first league win since early October when they battled to a 2-1 win away to Milburn. The ‘Point side dominated possession but struggled in front of goal when it mattered most. Tommy Coleman and Tommy Gorman scored the goals for Parkview. Jason Kelly scored what proved to be Milburn’s consolation goal.
Mid Ulster Shield
Newry Celtic progressed into the quarter finals of the Mid Ulster Shield after a convincing 3-0 victory over Dollingstown Reserves at Derryleckagh. Ex Newry, Portadown and Ards winger Adrian Larkin scored a brace and Gerard Murphy got the third. They play Ballybot United’s conquerors, mid ulster division one side Ambassadors, in the quarter finals.
Windmill Stars battled through to the quarter finals of the Junior cup when they overcame Lisnaskea Rovers. Kevin O’Rourke scored a hat trick and Adrian Barry got the other Windmill goal to help them progress into the last eight. Windmill hope to become the first local side to win the Junior Cup twice.
Ballybot United 0 – 2 Finn Harps
Drumcashlone 6 – 2 Clanrye Athletic
Grasshoppers 3 – 1 Newry Juventus
Millburn United 1 – 2 Parkview
North End Strollers 1 – 2 Bohemians
Villa Rovers 1 – 1 Midway United
Whitecross AFC 6 – 0 Cartwheel United
Mid Ulster Shield last 32
Newry Celtic 3 Dollingstown Reserves 0
Junior Cup Last 16
Windmill Stars 4 Lisnaskee Rovers 3
Carnbane underage results
Valley Rangers Colts 1 – 5 Camlough Rovers
Annalong Rovers 7 – 0 Lisdrum
Midway Utd 7 – 2 Damolly Colts
Damolly Cubs 3 – 0 Midway Reds
Rathfriland 0 – 5 Brookvale
Lisdrum United 3 – 1 Valley Rangers Colts
Ashgrove Rovers 0 – 3 Midway Devils
Camlough Rovers 2 – 2 Damolly
Midway Utd 0 – 9 Valley Rangers Colts
Rathfriland 0 – 2 Bessbrook Utd
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