SML round-up: Southside produce superb Junior Cup shock

A Penarol player moves the ball quickly, despite the attentions of a Holywell opponent. INBT 39-917H
A Penarol player moves the ball quickly, despite the attentions of a Holywell opponent. INBT 39-917H

Southside Rangers produced the top performance of a decent weekend for Ballymena Saturday Morning League sides in the Irish Junior Cup.

Colin Stewart’s third division outfit shocked Amateur League 2C side St Teresa’s to advance in the Province’s Blue Riband knockout event.

Southside will be joined in the next round by Harryville Homers - who demolished fellow BSML side Connor by 17 goals to nil - Carniny Rangers and Clough Rangers.

But it was the end of the road for All Saints Old Boys who bowed out of the competition after losing to last season’s beaten semi-finalists Hill Street.


Southside Rangers 3, St Teresa’s 2: Southside went a goal down in the first minute when the referee awarded the visitors a penalty following what looked like a push in the back just inside the penalty area.

All eyes were on the ball during the Penarol v Holywell match. INBT 39-919H

All eyes were on the ball during the Penarol v Holywell match. INBT 39-919H

Slowly but surely the young Southside team played their way into the game and deservedly equalised on 18 minutes. This time the referee awarded the home side the spot kick after a St Teresa’s defender handled the ball. From the spot kick Sam McNiece coolly slotted the ball home to level the game 1-1.

Southside began to control the midfield area and from a free kick on the half hour mark Sam McNiece put his side in front with a great strike 20 yards out.

The referee to everyone’s amazement awarded the visitors another penalty - the third of the game - on 35 minutes when the ball struck the hand of a Southside player inside the box. However, the evergreen Stevie Turner in the Southside goal produced a miraculous save from the spot kick to keep his team ahead at the break.

Frustration crept in from the visitors and they had a man dismissed five minutes from the end for dissent.

A Holy well player protects the ball. INBT 39-916H

A Holy well player protects the ball. INBT 39-916H

The referee found eight minutes of added time and in the third of these, a St Teresa’s forward evaded 3 tackles on the right before crossing deep to the far post where an incoming player headed home to level the game.

But the scring still wasn’t finished as Dean Graham sent the home crowd into ecstasy when he slotted home the winner in the 97th minute.

3rd Bangor OB 0, Carniny Rangers 5: Carniny continued their habit of scoring early goals when Frazer Young struck in the fourth minute.

Picking up the ball just inside the opposition half, the midfielder held off the home defenders and fired a shot in from 20 yards out which the keeper could only help into the net.

A Holywell player tries to block an FC Penarol pass. INBT 39-921H

A Holywell player tries to block an FC Penarol pass. INBT 39-921H

Carniny didn’t add to their lead until the 42nd minute when Frazer Young was brought down as he cut into the penalty area from the left. Dean Dunlop struck home the penalty.

Dunlop scored again within two minutes when seizing on a loose ball in the box he hit a powerful shot into the net from 12 yards.

Frazer Young got Carniny’s fourth in the 64th minute when he beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper and Carniny completed a comfortable win when Alan Fullerton netted at the back post from Shane Donnelly’s deep cross.


Ahoghill Rovers 1, Ahoghill Thistle 4: Thistle went ahead after 6mins after Greg Knowles failed to clear a George Courtney cross and Daniel Brown was on hand to head home.

Against the run of play Rovers hit Thistle on the break when David Chesney equalised to level the tie after Chris Rock broke down the left and delivered a great ball.

Jason Stewart crashed a shot against the crossbar before Thistle regained the lead through a Matt Boyd header.

Rovers had a great chance to equalise but David Cheseny somehow put his header over the bar from two yards out. After this Alan Moore hit a sweet low drive from 16y ards in to the bottom corner to make it 3-1, and straight after this it was 4-1 when a Rovers defender turned the ball into his own net from an Alan Moore cross.

Wakehurst Star 4, Riverdale 3: This was the shock of the day with 3rd Division Wakehurst Star beating 1st Division side Riverdale.

Star took the lead on 12 minutes when a long ball out of defence by Luke Ramsey was collected by Kieran O’Boyle who raced forward and fired the ball into the bottom of the net.

Riverdale equalised with a well worked goal when Michael Morrison started the run from the right and he found Ricky McNeill who squared to Clarke Lennox who turned and fired home.

Star hit back immediately when Stuart Erwin played in Darren McNeilly on the left and his shot cum cross deceived Riverdale keeper Kyle Henry and somehow finished up in the net.

Play flowed from end to end and it was Riverdale who snatched an equaliser when Michael Morrison collected the ball 30 yards out and sent a thunderous shot through a ruck of players and with a deflection finished up in the net.

Before the break, Stuart Erwin played the ball to Stephen Mellon who beat two defenders before sending in a deep cross which Darren McNeilly headed home to send Star in 3-2 up.

Star added to their lead 15 minutes into the second half when Stuart Erwin played the ball to Darren McNeilly who sent in a cross for the inrushing Ben Armstrong to head into the net.

Riverdale battled on and got their reward 15 minutes from time when Ricky Nicholl got on the end of a Issac Faith cross to fire home but Star held on to reach round four.


County Antrim Post O’Kane Cup 3rd Round: Newpark Olympic 2, Raceview 0; Abbeyview 8, Cullybackey Olympic 1

firmus energy Division One: Glenravel 3, FC Moylena 5

firmus energy Division Two: Carnlough Swifts 2, Sporting Ballymoney 2; Cushendall 3, Seven Towers 1; FC Penarol 2, Holywell 2; Michelin 2, Cloughmills 1; Galgorm Blues 3, Randalstown 6

firmus energy Division Three: Atletico Antrim v Ruby’s Rovers (match abandoned due to injury); Braid United 4, Steadfast 2; Northend & District 0, St Comgalls 8.


Saturday, September 26 - Toals Co Antrim Junior Shield, round 1A (1.30pm): Ahoghill Thistle v Carnlough Swifts (Ahoghill); Clough Rangers v Wakehurst Star (Clough); Vision Athletic v Carniny Rangers; Ballymacash Rangers II v Southside Rangers; Carnmoney FC v Newpark Olympic; New Santos v Ballykeel; Raceview v Mallusk Athletic (Broughshane); Tollymore United v Atletico Antrim; Woodside v Cloughmills FC (Wakehurst 1); Abbeyview v Sparta Belfast (Forum); Wellington Rec II v Cullybackey Olympic; FC Antrim v Rooftop (Forum); Dunmurry Rec II v Carniny Amateurs; FC Penarol v Castlewellan Town (Showgrounds 5); Shamrock FC v Randalstown FC.

firmus energy Division One (10.15am): Connor FC v Glenravel (Connor); FC Moylena v All Saints OB (Forum); Harryville Homers v Riverdale (Wakehurst 2).

firmus energy Division Two: Cushendall v Holywell (Cargan); Michelin v Galgorm Blues; Sporting Ballymoney v Seven Towers; Waveney Swifts v Ahoghill Rovers (Waveney 2).

firmus energy Division Three: Rubys Rovers v Braid United; St Comgalls v Templepatrick; Steadfast v Northend & District (Galgorm).