By David Agnew
NICS celebrated promotion to the Premier League in style on Friday evening by beating Downpatrick 10-0 at Comber Leisure Centre. Aaron Gill bagged another hat-trick and took centre stage with a stunning display paving the way for Posnett (2), Johnston (2), R Anderson, J Anderson and Towe to add to their own goal tallies for 09/10.
Antrim will now finish in second spot after a convincing 5-1 victory over Newry at the Forum while South Antrim were held to a 3-3 draw by a resurgent Harlequins side. Adam Glass gave South the lead from a mis-hit penalty corner in the first half but Quins roared back and forced Paul Montgomery into some smart saves before the interval. The visitors equalised from a penalty stroke dispatched by Stevie McGrath and then took the lead when Chris Lemon hit the back of the net. Craig Campbell equalised for South during a period of end to end action but Carren was set to be a hero for Quins when he gave his side a 3-2 lead and what looked like being all three points. Quins seemed to sit deep and try to defend their lead rather than press forward for more goals and this proved to be costly as Campbell popped up again for the home side to equalise with the last hit of the game – it’s hard to say whether either side will be happy after this encounter.
QUB took all three points from their clash with Portadown at Edenvilla despite the home side having the vast majority of possession. Ports couldn’t find a cutting edge in the final third and were made to pay the ultimate penalty when the students scored three goals against the run of play making Gareth Titler’s penalty corner conversion somewhat trivial in the end.
Armagh have given themselves a great chance of qualifying for the Kirk Cup following a 5-1 victory over Cliftonville who have lost their way in recent weeks. Gregory Croft (2), Bell, Warnock and McRoberts scored for the Orchard County men with S McMillen grabbing only a consolation goal for Ville.
Hats off to Foyle who pushed PSNI all the way on Saturday only to lose out 4-2 in the end. Having taken an early lead the home side looked set to claim their first ever points but PSNI have a strong squad and had too much firepower over the 70 minutes.
Omagh put on a fantastic display to beat Larne 3-0 Jake Martin and Mark Campbell (2) were the heroes!
Performance of the day though in Senior Two came from Portrush who hammered seven goals past Parkview without reply – Lewis Green (2), Brent Smith (2), David Price,Eoin Sayers and John Dillon all helped themselves to a moment of glory during an impressive team display.
***And finally… one person from each senior league club has got my mobile number. It would be a massive help if you could send through scores, goal scorers and brief match details after every game. Many thanks***