Chimney Corner made an encouraging start to the new Ballymena & Provincial League season at the weekend.
The Allen Park men kicked off their intermediate division campaign with a 5-0 win over newcomers Sofia Farmer at Allen Park.
This was a game Jamie Willigan will remember having scored four goals but one Craig McDowell will want to forget as he suffered a suspected broken leg on the 82nd minute and had to be taken to hospital. The Corner raced into a three goal lead with Jamie Willigan scoring on the 3rd, 5th and 10th minutes and at half-time this scoreline remained. Jason Martin made it four nil for the Corner on the 71st minute before Jamie Willigan scored his fourth on the 78th minute. After this came the injury and with a time delay in an Ambulance arriving both teams requested the referee to blow the final whistle.
Brantwood 2, Dunloy 2: Dunloy were on the attack early in the game and went in front after Michael Thompson scored on the 20th Minute.
Dunloy continued to push forward increasing their lead after Neil Fleming scored on the 31st minute. Brantwood then had to thank their keeper who made two brilliant saves to deny Dunloy any more goals in the first-half.
Brantwood came out on attack in the second half and two spectacular goals scored by Marty McAvoy on the 53rd and 60th minutes saw the teams back on level terms. After this both teams had a chance or two but no more goals came.
Other results: Desertmartin 1, Rathcoole FC 0; Newtowne 6, Magherafelt Sky Blues 1.
League and cup matches involving locally-based teams this Saturday, August 22, are:
Irish Cup: Chimney Corner v Downshire YM.
Junior Division One: Desertmartin Reserves v Antrim Rovers.
Junior Division Two: Cookstown Youth v Wakehurst Strollers.