Gary to rescue for Homers

HARRYVILLE Homers had to overcome a tough test at Randalstown Sky Blues before maintaining their leadership of the Saturday Morning League Division One on Saturday.

Monday, 15th March 2010, 6:58 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2010, 11:27 am

Gary Bonnes was Homers' hero as his side came a goal down to stay on top.

Meanwhile, Carniny Rangers' Junior Shield semi-final this Thursday night has been postponed by the Co Antrim FA as Carniny await a Ruling by the IFA at the Ballymena club's request on the eligibility of a player who played in the Junior Cup.


Randalstown Sky Blues 1, Harryville Homers 2: Homers had to come from a goal down against Sky Blues to take all three points and remain at the summit of Division One.

Sky Blues were give a great opportunity to take the lead 10 minutes before the break when Randal Reid was fouled in the box and a penalty was given, but Scott Bruce stepped up and fired his spot kick wide of the post.

The second half was much like the first until it sprung into life just after the hour mark when Randal Reid was again fouled in the Homers box and a penalty was awarded. This time Randal Reid hit the spot kick and he made no mistake in giving his side the lead.

Homers pushed an extra man up front to try and rescue the game and this paid dividends with 20 minutes to go as they drew level. Jason Stevenson raced down the left and crossed for Gary Baird swivelled and fired home from just inside the box.

Six minutes later Homers took the lead when an Ian Millar cross caused havoc in the Sky Blues box and Gary Bonnes bundled home from close range to claim all three points.

Templepatrick 0, All Saints OB 4: After a bright start Saints took the lead on eight minutes when Gerard Spurgeon rose above the Templepatrick defence to head home a Brian Watt corner from five yards out.

Saints were well in control but couldn't add to their lead until the half hour mark when Ryan Lyness headed home a Micky McCarry corner kick at the near post.

Saints sealed all three points on 65 minutes when a Brian Watt corner was only partially cleared to Conal Rogers who found the night with a sweet shot from 18 yards out.

Saints were tearing Templepatrick apart now and scored a fourth goal on 80 minutes when some neat interplay by Stephen Tully and Micky McCarry sent Conor Crilly clear and he fired the ball home under Aaron Giles in the Templepatrick goal.


Blackstone Rovers 4, Broadway Celtic 5: A Stephen Sexton goal in the dying minutes spared Celtic's blushes as they almost threw away a three goal lead against a resilient Blackstone side.

Celtic started well and took the lead on four minutes when Darren Burgoyne broke down the left and crossed to the back post for Thomas Agnew to head home.

Celtic came out of the traps quickest again in the second half and within 10 minutes they found themselves 3-0 up.

The first came when Niall O'Hara cut in from the right but his first effort was well saved by Victor Orr in the Rovers goal, but O'Hara did well to follow up and score the rebound.

Minutes later it was 3-0 when Neil Tully fed the ball into Paul O'Neill who turned and volleyed the ball home from 20 yards out.

Blackstone then came roaring back and within five minutes they made it 3-1 when a quick throw from Patrick Finlay found Ciaran McKinley who fired home from just inside the box.

Blackstone were then awarded a penalty kick when Steven Johnston was fouled but Ciaran McKinley hit the post from the spot kick.

It was 3-2 on 65 minutes when Johnston headed home a Finlay cross.

Blackstone were well in the game now and they drew level on 70 minutes when McKinley poked home after a Chris Blayney free kick was flicked on by Robert Fleck.

Celtic were shell-shocked but they fought back and regained the lead with 10 minutes to go when Dessie Birt bundled the ball home after a Paul O'Neil corner kick.

Blackstone never gave up though and made it 4-4 with 5 minutes to go when Fleck was brought down in the Celtic box and a penalty was awarded. Blayney made no mistake as he looked to give his side a share of the points.

In the dying minutes Celtic broke Blackstone hearts and stretched their winning run further when Dessie Birt played a one two with Donald Crawford before squaring to Stephen Sexton who fired home from eight yards out and claim three valuable points for his side.

Ahoghill Thistle 1, Connor FC 1: Jason McFadden headed an injury time equaliser to ensure a share of the points for the home side and dent Connor's bid for the second division title.

Chances were at a premium during the first period with neither side able to take control of the game and defences firmly on top.

It was however as Thistle pushed forward, that Connor won possession and swiftly moved the ball through the midfield to David Trainor whose defence splitting pass was coolly met by Mark Marriott with a left foot shot which found the net to put the visitors one up on the half hour. Connor should have doubled their lead when Mark Marriott again found himself well placed in the penalty area, but his snap-shot was straight at Thistle keeper Ricky Tennant and easily saved.

With Thistle pushing for an equaliser they were almost caught on the counter attack when a Mark Marriott header from a long Alan Norton clearance rebounding back off the crossbar.

The game was heading to injury time, with the visitors looking like taking all the points when Chris Duff swung over a dangerous free kick from the Thistle left which Jason McFadden cleverly flicked the ball on and his header ended up in the back of the net to ensure Thistle took a deserved point.


Cullybackey Olympic 1, Demesne Star 2: This looked a banker for Cullybackey in their pursuit of a play-off place but Demesne produced the shock of the day to collect all three points .

In the first half chances came and went at both ends before Demesne Star stunned the home side by taking the lead in the 38th minute when David Connaughty lobbed the ball in behind the Cullybackey defence and Michael Ross decisively applied the finish with a dipping half volley. This remained the score at half time.

In the 70th minute Gareth Moody went down in the Demesne penalty box after a clumsy challenge by a Star defender and Chris Coulter despatched the resultant spot kick.

After 75 minutes a high ball into the Cullybackey penalty area was nodded into space by Star's Stuart MacCartney and from an acute angle his well struck shot found the inside of the back post to make it 2-1.

This set up an exciting finish and Demesne just about held on for only their second win in the league this season.


Rainey Cup, round one: Wakehurst Athletic 2, Westend Athletic 4; Abbeyview 6, St Comgalls 1.

BSML Division One: FC Moylena 2, Carniny Rangers 3; Holywell 2, Ahoghill Rovers 3; Glenarm Rovers 2 North End 0.

BSML Division Two: Seven Towers 2, Braid United 3; Clough Rangers 1, FC Penarol 1; Michelin 0, Waveney Swifts 0; FC Inter Stars 6, Riverdale 3.

Sammy Moore Trophy, quarter-final, first leg: Lisnafillan Swifts 0, Dunloy Athletic 7.

BSML Division Three: Inver Athletic 2, Atletico Antrim 3.


Saturday, March 20 (10.15am) - Rainey Cup, round one: FC Antrim v Woodside (Forum); Blackstone Rovers v Clough Rangers (Wakehurst 4).

BSML Division One: Templepatrick v Carniny Rangers (Forum); Ahoghill Rovers v Harryville Homers; All Saints OB v Holywell (Waveney 2); North End v Ballykeel (Dunfane); Glenarm Rovers v Randalstown Sky Blues; Carnlough Swifts v Abbeyview.

George McAuley Cup, round one: Riverdale v Waveney Swifts (Wakehurst 2).

BSML Division Two: Braid United v Connor FC (Broughshane); Broadway Celtic v FC Inter Stars (Showgrounds 4); Shore Wanderers v Michelin; FC Penarol v Seven Towers; St Comgalls v Ahoghill Thistle.

BSML Division Three: Atletico Antrim v Cullybackey Olympic; Dunloy Athletic v Demesne Star; Cloughmills Thistle v Inver Athletic; Wakehurst Athletic v Steadfast (Wakehurst 1).