Bessbrook advance to Junior cup quarter finals
Following pitch inspections on Friday it was decided by the council that all Carnbane youth and senior fixtures would be cancelled due to the unplayable pitches.
However, the last 16 tie in the Junior Cup between between Bessbrook United and Carniny Rangers went ahead as scheduled at Willie Davis park in Derryleckagh. The Ballymena side started the game brightest but struggled to break down the veteran Bessbrook rear guard which included ex-Newry City players Lee Anderson and Paul Evans. Bessbrook thought a strike from Terence Feehan had given them the lead shortly before the interval but the referee stated the full ball had not crossed the line and no goal was given.
Shortly after the restart, Carniny had the ball in the back of the net but fortunately for the ‘Brook the goal was disallowed for offside. Both sides struggled to create many goal scoring opportunities in the second period but Bessbrook finally broke the deadlock 12 minutes from time. Bryan Ferguson put the ball in the back of the net to the delight of the Bessbrook supporters on the sidelines.
Bessbrook and Windmill have both been handed tough away ties in the quarter finals to teams from the Fermanagh & Western Football League Division One. Bessbrook travel to play Strathroy Harps, who currently sit fourth in their league. Windmill Stars have an even tougher task as they have been drawn away to Enniskillen Town United who currently lead the division. Both ties will take place on February 25th.
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