WEEKEND ROUND UP
South Antrim 0-8 Instonians
The guys were without Chris Redpath, still recovering from a shot to the knee in training and Adam Glass, who is out until January with a broken finger but that’s no excuse for a poor display. A lethal short corner routine from Inst was South’s main undoing, conceding 4 short corner goals in the first half. Heads went down and in the second half and Inst scored another short. Then added another goal via a reverse after the initial shot was blocked. Two more came right at the death to make a poor result worse. South will need to toughen their mental resolve for future games, starting next week, with a big game against Mossley.
South Antrim 2nds 2-0 Cork Harlequins 2nds (N.Wilson x2)
The 2s progress to the next round after cruising to a 2-0 victory over the travelling Cork side. Neil Wilson had a short corner goal chalked off for being too high, despite it hitting the backboard, but via a defender’s stick, good call ref. Soon after he blazed a reverse over the fence into No.47 Magheralave’s back garden. The signs were showing and he eventually did get a goal, a tap in after the Dazzler did all the hard work . After good attacking play, Neil crashed a reverse cross across goal from wide left, only for it to be turned into the net by a defender.
South Antrim 3rds vs Cliftonville 2nds
Postponed, Cliftonville must have heard about the River Island sale too.
South Antrim 4ths 2-2 Down 1sts (A.Collins, G.McGill)
The game of the day, end to end hockey. South went down 2-0 quite early on via a straight hit short corner and a neat near post deflection. Stevie Kay was then red carded for trying replicate Tyson Fury’s heroics, though we didn’t see much wrong, the Down player involved escaped punishment. Somehow, the boys upped their game dramatically and netted twice in Steven’s absence, via Archie Collins and a first club goal for Gavin McGill. Junior’s record ended as he failed to find the net. He’s still top of the scoring charts though.
South Antrim 5ths vs Mossley 5ths
Postponed, due to weather and Christmas sales.
South Antrim Ladies 2nds 1-0 Owls 2nds (E.Rennie)
The Ladies second progress to the Quarter Finals in Feburary thanks to a solitary goal, from Erin Rennie. Mogran Muir was the provider with a teasing cross, Erin Rennie made beating the keeper look easy with an cool, composed finish worthy of settling any cup tie.