The weekend’s action in the Hutchinson Tiles Winter league saw one postponed Cup game played with six league games.
In the Cup, Glebe Rangers Old Boys advanced to the next round with a good win against The Taverners.
In the league, Mountview moved clear in second place with a single goal win away to The Villagers.
The Taverners 1 Glebe Rangers Old Boys 4
Taverners hosted the Old Boys in this cup-tie which was postponed from last week.
Playing against a strong head wind Glebe enjoyed the better of the opening stages with Elder blasting over when clean through. However the flying winger made amends shortly afterwards with a slide-rule finish after Kinnaird had blocked Wilmont’s effort. Glebe continued to press and Elder seized upon the impressive DJ McBride’s fine through ball to make it 2-0. Rather than let their heads go down the Taverners upped their game considerably and the impressive Mooney slotted in O’Boyle’s pass to pull one back before half-time. Glebe pushed forward from the start of the second half and got their reward when Alan McBride headed home from a Patterson corner. Patterson was the focus for much of the Old Boy’s attacking play with Elder also a constant threat from the right side. Ian Bellingham nodded his tenth goal of the season from a Wilmont corner to put Glebe four-one up and end the scoring for the day. Despite this setback the Taverners continued to attack with Gribben and O’Boyle prominent in their forays into the opposition territory. Despite their best efforts however they were unable to pierce the Glebe rear-guard. Man of the Match: David Patterson (Glebe Rangers Old Boys)
FC Windyhall 3 Berthas FC 3
Berthas travelled to Rugby Avenue on Saturday morning looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league which extends back to the end of August against an improving FC Windyhall side yet to be beat this calendar year.
It was Berthas who came out the brighter of the two sides keeping the ball well but unable to break through the Windyhall backline. Windyhall started to get a foothold in the game and come the 12th minute the young side were in front A corner from the right swung in by John Sweeney. Berthas keeper Elder, under pressure from Cochrane could only palm the ball into the path off Donnell who rifled home a volley. The score remained the same to half time. The second half kicked off and it was Windyhall who came out quicker. Good work on the half way line between John Sweeney and Laverty put Sweeney threw 1 on 1 with the keeper. Sweeney composed himself and placed the ball into the corner. 2-0.
Berthas staring at defeat picked themselves up. They won a corner on the 58th minute. The ball was swung in from the right but was well caught by Newman only for the keeper to be pushed into his goal by the Berthas attacker. The referee let the goal stand. 2-1 game on. Berthas then finished the come back on 76 minutes. Good work down the right resulted in Drake slipping the ball through for Biggart. The striker composed himself under pressure and placed the ball into the far corner. 2-2. Windyhall then went straight up the pitch and scored again. Good work in midfield ended up with the ball being swung in from the right towards the back post.
Neil Ferguson rose highest and his looping header ended up dropping in at the far post leaving the keeper with no chance. 3-2 Windyhall. It looked that Berthas unbeaten run was over until 2 minutes to go. Patterson’s ball from the right towards the back post was met by Drake who headed it in the back of the net. Man of the Match: Stephen Donnell (FC Windyhall)
The Villagers 0 Mountview FC 1
The Villagers entertained Mountview for the second week running at Castlerock and as the previous week it was a close affair with both defences on top.
Scoring chances were at a minimum until the 41st minute when Frazer opened the scoring with a header from a corner kick to give the visitors the lead.
Mountview had McLaughlin in nets to thank for a clean sheet with two outstanding saves in the second half. Mountview almost extended their lead when Doherty headed past the keeper only for the ball to be cleared off the line. The Villagers continued to look dangerous on the break but Mountview hung on to record the victory. Man of the Match: Cain Cutmore (The Villagers)
Balnamore FC 5 Finn McCools 1
Balnamore played host to a strong physical Finns side who’ve had a decent run of results of late. However it was Balnamore who started the livelier of the two and with only a few minutes gone found themselves one up. Lee Kelly’s low drive into the box crossed the path of Philip Hanna who got to the ball first and done enough to poke into the net for his third in two games.
The Bushmills men settled after this and made it hard for Balnamore, although the home side should have converted a number of excellant chances, and must have went off at the break wondering how it was only 1-0.
Balnamore lost Philip Hanna through injury at half time, but his replacement Brent Watton wasted no time making his mark on the game, a ball over the top from Noel Halliday fell nicely for the young winger, he ran on and fired his effort beyond finns keeper for Balnamore’s second.
Finns had two excellant opportunities to get back into the game but blazed over on an empty goal.
Balnamore’s third came mid-way through the second half, Sean Hogg was upended in the area after latching on to Andy Hegarty’s cross, Simon Armstrong stepped up to fire past Henderson from the spot.
The Causeway men threw bodies forward, Parke and Callaghan stretching the home defence on the break at times but always eventually thwarted by the solid duo of Joe Connor and Nicky Tweed .
Balnamore continued to press and pass the ball well opening Finns back line up but the chances came and went. Andy Hegarty netted Balnamore’s fourth, confusion in Finns box gave the midfield maestro the time to pick his spot giving keeper Henderson no chance with the shot. Andy Hegarty was also involved in Balnamores fifth, his run into the box drew the defender wide, young Hegarty unselfishly squared the ball for the oncoming Simon Armstrong who netted from six yards for his second of the day. Finns got a consolation goal right at the end. Ali Dobbin converting from the spot after Jonny Parke was tripped up just inside the box. Man of the Match: Andy Hegarty (Balnamore)
Dunaghy Old Boys 5 FC Macosquin 3
FC Macosquin came two Dunaghy and started brightly but were caught cold with Dunaghy’s first attack when Warren Blair’s low shot found the bottom corner.
A Blair made it 2-0 on four mins when he controlled a low cross and smashed it into the net.
FC Macosquin were looking for a quick response and on 11 mins got it when McClelland followed up on a rebound. The Old Boys got their two goal cushion back when W blair got his second with a powerful strike from the 18yd line.
Macosquin were winning a lot of second ball and on 36 minutes McClelland got his and Macosquin’s second with a cracking half volley from 20yds.
The second half was evenly contested and on 75mins McCambridge benefitted from a mix up in the Old Boys defence to nod in from 6yds.
FC Macosquin looked as if they might go and get the winner but Dunaghy rallied and when A Blair’s pass found W Blair on the edge of the box he cracked a sublime low shot into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick. He got his fourth on 9 0mins to seal the game when he latched onto a through ball from Graham and smashed a powerful shot into the roof of the net and give Dunaghy a hard fought win.
Man of the Match: Warren Blair (Dunaghy Old Boys)
Coleraine Olympic 3 Ballyrashane FC 3
Olympic started the game quickly, and with only five minutes they took the lead.
A free kick from Simon Barr wide on the right found Michael Thompson who volleyed in his first goal for the Club to make it 1-0.
That goal woke up the visitors, who equalised ten minutes laterthrough Alan Freeman after he found space in the penalty area to poke the ball past Doherty. 1-1.
Almost instantly Ballyrashane took the lead again when Olympic failed to clear a corner and Alan McClarty made them pay with a fine finish. Ballyrashane saw an opportunity to further their lead but could not take anymore of chances.
The second half saw Olympic making a few changes. This changed the game an the equaliser came soon after. Simon Barr played a one-two with Davy Wilson before unleashing an unstoppable left footed shot into the top corner from 30 yards.
Olympic continued to press and while Ballyrashane always looked dangerous on the break, Olympic took the lead for the second time.
This time through Daniel Edgar who nipped in front of the defender after a cross from Ryan McCrudden to side foot the ball past the keeper.
Olympic continued to control the second half and should of had killed the game off but couldn’t get past the Ballyrashane keeper on those occasions. They were made to pay when in the dying minutes when Ballyrashane got a free kick outside the box, it was crossed in and headed at goal with Doherty failing to hold on to the ball, the rebound was headed into the net by McClarty for his second of the day to secure a point for Ballyrashane.
Man of the Match: David Weatherall (Coleraine Olympic)
Brook Street 2 West Bann 2 This was a game of two halves.
West Bann were the better side in the first half and were rewarded with a 2 0 lead thanks to their left winger with two well taken finishes. The first gifted to him by a poor back pass from Morrow.
The second half started well for Brook Street but they just couldn’t find the net. At the other end West Bann threatened to put the game to bed. Morton replaced Teaugh and the change brought success with 20 mins to go, as a great cross was goal bound only for Tosh to cheekily steal it,
Ten minutess from time it was 2-2 as Boyd drilled home into the corner from 20 yards.
Both teams had good opportunties in the final stages but it remained 2-2