Ballymena & Provincial League: Keeper’s goal can’t prevent Strollers’ cup exit

Football.
Football.

Steven Quigley is no stranger to getting his name on the scoresheet for Wakehurst Strollers in the Ballymena & Provincial League.

But the striker’s latest goal was a bit unusual - because he was playing as a goalkeeper at the time!

With regular stopper Ryan Armstrong called up to Wakehurst’s first team, Quigley volunteered to go between the posts - and duly beat his opposite number wth a long clearance.

However, it still wasn’t enough to prevent Jason Connolly’s side from exiting the Linda Welshman Memorial Cup as they lost 3-2 at home to Larne Olympic.

Larne went in front after Keith Hall scored on the 17th minute then Quigley’s magic moment saw the teams level on the 29th minute.

Shaun McGoran put Larne back in front on the 55th minute only to see David Calderwood score the equaliser for Wakehurst on the 57th minute. After this both teams kept going for goals with Jonathan McManus scoring the winner for Larne on the 76th minute.

1st Carrickferus OB 3, Clough Rangers Athletic 4: Carrick got off to a great start with Ryan Clawson scoring on the 4th minute putting them in front. Clough replied with Ricky Robinson equalising on the 9th minute then going in front after Robinson scored his second goal on the 18th minute.

As half-time was approaching Clough conceded an own goal on the 42nd minute leaving the teams tied at the break. Clough went in front again after William Dunlop scored on the 60th minute then Carrick hit back with Clawson scoring on the 65th minute.

With extra time looming Clough were awarded a penalty on the 89th minute which Colin Stewart converted to take Clough into the next Round.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

Brantwood 2, Chimney Corner 0: This was a big win for Brantwood who have a lot of games to play ton catch up with a number of teams in the top half of the league table.

Brantwood got off to a great start with Curtis Dempster scoring on the 4th minute. After this goal play was fairly evenly divided until Michael Henderson scored on the 32nd minute giving Brantwood a two goal cushion at half-time.

The second half saw Corner go all-out to get a goal but Brantwood closed up their ranks to go on to collect all three points.

JUNIOR DIVISION THREE

Red Star 0, Antrim Rovers Swifts 1: Both teams gave of their best in a game played in very wintry conditions and at the end it was a goal scored by Jonny Rogers on the 2nd minute that decided the outcome in favour of Antrim.

FIXTURES

Matches involving Ballymena and Antrim-based teams this Saturday, February 27, are:

Intermediate division: Chimney Corner v Magherafelt Sky Blues.

Junior Division One: Antrim Rovers v Cookstown Olympic.

Junior Division Two: Larne Olympic v Wakehurst Strollers; Clough Rangers Athletic v Moyola Park Olympic.

Junior Division Three: Antrim Rovers Swifts v Hillhead Eagles.