Carnbane round up, 4th August 2012
In the only game in the First Division, Villa Rovers took all three points with a 2-1 win over Park View. Paul Daly and new signing Darren Quinn were on target for new manager Johnny Carville’s side. In the Premier Division, Ballybot United produced the shock of the day when they beat seasons league runners up Bessbrook United, 3-1.
Finn Harps booked their place in round two of the Bessbrook Cup after a five star display against new boys Newry Hibs at Jennings Park. The tie was all but over at half time after two own goals and a brace from ace marksman Caolan Gray gave Harps a four goal lead. Blain McCann was unlucky not to get on the score sheet shortly into the second half, when his free kick came back off the crossbar. Christopher Marley then stroked home Harp’s fifth goal midway through the second half.
Orchard City were handed a tough Bessbrook Cup draw in their first ever competitive fixture with an away trip to Milburn United. Orchard captain Stephen Daly gave his side the lead from the penalty spot but new signing Tommy McNally drew Milburn level with a neat finish. A Declan Carville header gave the lead back to Orchard only for Milburn to level affairs once more – another new signing Ruari Murdock converting his spot kick. Orchard then took the lead for the third time in the game, which proved to be the winner. A long range shot took a heavy deflection off a Milburn player and past the helpless goalkeeper to give Orchard their first ever competitive victory and set up a second round clash with Finn Harps.
Bohemians and Bessbrook secured victory by a four goal margin and will now meet each other in the second round. Bessbrook dispatched last season’s First Division Champions Whitecross 4-0 on Thursday evening while Bohs’ brought the Ryan Cinnamond tournament winners Ashgrove Rovers back down to earth with an emphatic 6-2 victory. Simon Hollywood bagged a brace on his debut while Dan Barfield, Petey Falloon(penalty), Ciaran Cummins and Stevie McLoughlin completed the rout.
Windmill Stars bowed out of the Kennedy Cup at the first hurdle, defeated by Portadown team St.Marys via a penalty shoot out. Windmill led 1-0 courtesy of a Josh McKeown goal but they surrendered their lead midway into the second half after conceding two penalties, the second of which appeared somewhat dubious. Robbie McLoughlin put the tie into extra time though when he equalised with five minutes remaining. Neither side could find the winner but it was St.Marys who advanced into the next round when they held their nerve to win the shoot out 4-3.
Action from Bohemians v Ashgrove Rovers and Finn Harps v Newry Hibs:
Ballybot Utd 3 – 1 Bessbrook Utd
Villa Rovers 2 – 1 Parkview
Kehoe Cars Bessbrook Cup Round 1
Bohemians 6 – 2 Ashgrove Rovers
Clanrye Athletic 3 – 1 Shanro Santos
Cleary Celtic 3 – 1 Damolly Utd
Crieve Rovers – Bye
Grasshoppers 4 – 0 Rockview Utd
Killeavey Utd 6 – 1 Kilkeel Ath
Killowen Celtic 5 – 0 Rostrevor Rovers
Midway United 3 – 0 Cartwheel United
Millburn United 2 – 3 Orchard City
Newry Hibs 0 – 5 Finn Harps
Parkview – Bye
Villa Rovers – Bye
Ballybot Utd – Bye
Kennedy Cup Round 1
Windmill Stars 2 – St.Marys 2 AET. (St.Marys won penalty shoot out 4-3)
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