Rovers reach cup final - but Corner’s hopes are dashed

Football.
Football.

Antrim Rovers clinched a place in the Ballymena & Provincial League’s premier knockout competition at the weekend.

The Junior Division One side produced a superb performance to beat intermediate outfit Desertmartin 3-0 in the semi-final of the Crawford Cup.

But hopes of an all-Antrim final were dashed as Chimney Corner were beaten 5-0 by champions-elect Ballynure Old Boys in the other semi-final.

CRAWFORD CUP SEMI-FINALS

Ballynure Old Boys 5, Chimney Corner 0: After a good start to the game by both teams Ballynure went in front after Marc Leckey converted a penalty on the 28th minute.

Ballynure then doubled their lead after Ricky Higgins scored on the 35th minute and were still two goals clear at half-time.

The Corner then went three goals behind after Marc Leckey converted his second penalty in the game on the 51st minute.

Corner tried their best to get back into the game and had a couple of good chances before David Higgins wrapped the game up for Ballynure scoring on the 72nd and 83rd minutes.

Desertmartin 0, Antrim Rovers 3: This was a big result for Rovers who have had a great year and are sitting proudly at the top of Junior Division One.

Rovers got off to a dream start taking the lead after Kenny Lutton scored on the 4th minute and held this lead until Jonny Rogers scored their second goal on the 32nd minute.

Desertmartin started off well in the second half but got another shock when Tommy Bownes went clear to score on the 55th minute for the Rovers.

After this Desertmartin threw caution to the wind but the Rovers closed ranks and defended their three goal lead until the final whistle.

JUNIOR DIVISION TWO

Newington YC II 3, Wakehurst Strollers 0: The first-half of this game was a closely contested affair and at half-time no goals had been scored.

Things changed on the 69th minute when Mark Kelly opened the scoring for Newington followed by a second goal scored by Daniel Moore on the 71st minute.

After these two goals Wakehurst had to chase the game then got caught when Ryan McClory scored number three for Newington.

Ballyclare North End 0, Clough Rangers Athletic 1: Both teams tended to cancel each other out in mid-field thus there were few chances to score in the first-half until Michael Samec broke the deadlock for Clough on the 40th minute.

The second half saw North End push hard for the equaliser but Clough were not to be denied and they defended strongly to collect the important win.