Carniny put in a real workmanlike performance in this Clarence Cup competition game which is open to both Junior and Intermediate status clubs within the Northern Amateur League.
Carniny found themselves up against Bangor Swifts, four leagues above the Ballymena men and started well with the back four of McDowell, King, Heron and Hart solid in defence whilst the Hanna brothers, Jaworski and McCallion were busy in midfield and the young and the lively McKernan and Chesney caused problems in attack. McKernan in fact caused mayhem for the visiting defence with his trickery and quick turns in the early stages of the game and worked well with his partner Chesney. Carniny were hit a sucker punch when following a poor clearance the ball fell to a North Down striker who tucked the ball home. The Ballymena ‘reds’ tried in vain to draw level but to no avail and at the interval the score remained 0-1 to the visitors. The second half would have expected the young Carniny side to come out with guns blazing but a couple of silly mistakes in the first 10 minutes saw Bangor score twice from a free kick and from a sloppy pass put themselves in a commanding three goal lead. Carniny didn’t drop their heads though and they continued to battle on and go close on occasions with Chesney, Surgenor and Hanna all with half chances.