IRISH CUP ROUND 1
Bangor Amateurs 2 Ballynahinch United 3
United continued their cup exploits with the third victory in a row in recent weeks writes Gilbert Cromie.
For the management team and supporters this time it did not go to penalties although it was a late goal that decided the game.
United took the lead early in the first half when Simon Jackson scored however they found themselves behind by half time thanks to a flurry of goals from the home side.
Early in the second half United were level thanks again to Simon Jackson. United created a number of opportunities in the second half however anxiety was creeping into the game for both sides as the game looked as if it was going into extra time. Thankfully the Ballynahinchcontingent of supporters were spared further anxiety when new signing Lee Maxwell on his debut scored in the 87th minute to take United into the 2nd Round of the Irish Cup.
Newcastle & District Amateur Football League
Rossglass 1 Ballynahinch Swifts 2
The Swifts claimed a debut victory in this their first game on their return to the Newcastle League.
Manager Davy Teggarty was in a position to field a strong team with a number of the first team squad being available for duty following holiday.
Playing some neat football from the start the Swifts created several good scoring opportunities and took the lead when Stevenson slotted home after rounding the keeper. Rossglass equalised from the penalty spot to level the game before Alan Massey scored from the penalty spot to give the Swifts a half time lead.
In the second half Rossglass fought strongly to get back on even terms but the Swifts defence remained resolute while Bingham, Allison and McCaffrey all went close to increasing their lead.