End of an era as Hazelbank pull out of league

Hazelbank players back in 2010.
Hazelbank players back in 2010.
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The weekend Hutchinson Tiles Winter League programme took place following news of the loss of long-standing Hazelbank.

“The Coleraine club, who have won everything that could be won in their history, have had a tough couple of years,” said a league spokesman. “Unfortunately, they had to call it time during the week as a sad loss to the league.”

GLEBE RANGERS OLD BOYS 4 BALNAMORE FC 1

Glebe picked up a 4-1 win at home on Saturday - with Kane firing home the first goal after good work by Nicholl and McDonald.

Shepherd converted Kane’s pass before the break and Ramsey’s header left Glebe clear by 3-0.

Balnamore’s consolation arrived from Armstrong after McDonald made it 4-0.

MILLBURN FC 7

WEST BANN ATHLETIC 1

Millburn raced clear by 2-0 thanks to Tosh and great play between the Boreland brothers.

Six second-half goals arrived - with Boreland and Tosh on target before Douglas converted Cahoon’s cross.

Substitute Smyth added to the Millburn tally before a goal for West Bann Athletic’s McCrellis.

However, Law, Ayres and Smyth linked up for Boreland to complete his hat-trick.

BALLYRASHANE FC 2

BERTHAS FC 2

Ballyrashane and Berthas shared the spoils - with Berthas missing a penalty kick before McDonald converted after a smart initial stop by Winston.

White and Watton proved sharp as Ballyrashane levelled thanks to McPartland’s slick finish.

Kane kept Berthas in contention with a string of smart saves before Watt attacked the box and made it 2-1.

Late drama featured a goal for Berthas in injury-time off Stewart from MacAuley’s cross.

FINN MCCOOLS 5

PORTRUSH OLD BOYS 3

Finn McCools grabbed control against the run of play when Dunwoody tucked home a pass by Moore.

Portrush hit back with goals from Oliver and Quinn before McLaughlin’s lob made it 3-1.

Dunwoody doubled his tally for the afternoon then made it 3-3 and pace on the break allowed Moore to hand McCools the upper hand.

Dunwoody capped the afternoon with his fourth of the fixture.

THE VILLAGERS 8

NORTH COAST UNITED 1

Whye tucked away Tannahill’s cross to put in-form The Villagers in front then Sweeney’s volley marked a fitting finish.

Pollock’s penalty and a Maguire strike pushed the lead to 4-0 before a quickfire brace by Gaile.

Nesbitt left North Coast United with a reward for the road trip but The Villagers’ scoring run continued thanks to Pollock collecting Stirling’s pass from deep and Tannahill wrapped up the rout.

A minute’s silence was observed in memory of Robbie Pollock.