Larne prove too strong for Chimney Corner in Steel Cup

The Chimney Corner goalkeeper safely claims the ball against Larne. INBT 36-807H
The Chimney Corner goalkeeper safely claims the ball against Larne. INBT 36-807H

Chimney Corner’s hopes of a good run in the Toals Steel & Sons Cup came to an end at the competition’s opening hurdle on Saturday.

The Antrim men went down 3-0 at home to Championship One side Larne, one of the favourites to win the competition.

Larne keep their foot on the ball from a hard chasing Chimney Corner on Saturday afternoon. INBT 36-812H

Larne keep their foot on the ball from a hard chasing Chimney Corner on Saturday afternoon. INBT 36-812H

Meanwhile, although the intermediate division of the Ballymena & Provincial League has already kicked off, the league’s junior divisions get underway this weekend, meaning there is action across all four divisions.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

Results: Sofia Farmer 0, Newtowne 9; Ballynure Old Boys 7, Rathcoole FC 0.

STEEL & SONS CUP, ROUND TWO

Action from Chimney Corner's Steel & Sons Cup tie against Larne. INBT 36-813H

Action from Chimney Corner's Steel & Sons Cup tie against Larne. INBT 36-813H

Chimney Corner 0, Larne 3: Larne had too much experience for the young Corner team and went in leading by two goals to nil at half-time.

Full marks go to Corner who gave it their all, despite conceding a third goal in the second half.

Other result: Wellington Rec 3, Dunloy 2.

JUNIOR DIVISION THREE

Carnlough Swifts 2, Antrim Rovers Swifts 5: Carnlough got off to a good start taking the lead on the10th minute and held this lead until Gary Stavely scored for Antrim on the 28th minute. Carnlough went in front for a second time on the 32nd minute then with half-time approaching Paul Clarke equalised for Antrim on the 39th minute. Antrim went in front after Jamie Jackson scored on the 55th minute then went two clear after Andrew Mellon scored on the 60th minute. Carnlough tried hard to get back into the game then in the 84th minute Jonny Rogers sealed the win for Antrim when he scored goal number five.

FIXTURES

Matches involving Ballymena and Antrim-based sides this Saturday, September 5, are:

Intermediate division: Dunloy v Chimney Corner.

Junior Division One: Cookstown Olympic v Antrim Rovers.

Junior Division Two: Cookstown Youths v Clough Rangers Athletic; Wakehurst Strollers v Remo FC.

Junior Division Three: Antrim Rovers Swifts v Castle Star.