WEEKEND ROUND UP:
South Antrim 2-3 Belfast Harlequins (C.Henry, A.Glass)
The lads final league game ended in defeat in heart breaking circumstances. South went a goal up early in the second half with a trademark short corner (incidentally, bringing his tally to 13, which is his shirt number, oh no wait…) before Quins equalized with a short corner of their own on the second attempt. Quins then went ahead with a drag flick at another short corner before South really went on the front foot. Ward Phillips saw 2 chances saved well by the keeper, turning on onto the post and the other clawed out after a pull back from Chris Henry. It was Chris Henry again who pounced on a rebound at a short corner and slammed it into a defenders body on the line to earn a stroke. Adam Glass duly converted. With just two minutes to go, South probably got a bit naive, pressing for the 3 points that would go along way to helping save their season, they were hit on the counter right at the death, simply playing it around Ian Glass in nets, to win the game. A super game of hockey.
South Antrim 3rds 6-1 North Down 4ths (N.Wilson x2, G.Glass x3, A.Glass Jnr)
It was the win the 3rds needed to keep their title hopes alive. George Glass netted a duo of flicks, and finished his hat trick with a volley. Adam Glass got in on the action with a neat reverse over the keep. Now, the story of the game was Neil Wilson, he scored twice, the second a drag flick and immediately subbed himself after, hobbling round the touchline with Gaz Allister as a crutch claiming a pulled hamstring. Minutes later he ran back on just fine, missed a drag flick, then subbed himself again. Shame on you Neil!
South Antrim 4ths 3-0 Antrim 3rds (P.Davis, A.Hamilton Jnr x2)
Peter Davis made the trip up to Antrim after a stellar call up for the 3rds earlier in the day, and he even scored. Some sort of drag flick from open play I’m told. Not bad for a player who started the season on the 5ths. And what’s a game of hockey without a few goals from Junior, deflecting one high into the net and beating the keeper one on one for his second.
South Antrim Ladies 1-0 Malone Ladies (S.Neill)
The Ladies 1sts took on Malone at home and gained 3 points with a 1-0 win. Steph Neill picked up a rebound to put the ladies ahead, great forward’s instincts. Lots of great play from the ladies throughout today with Rachel Sullivan picking up player of the match. This puts the Ladies tied on 3rd place with PSNI, held off only by goal difference.
South Antrim Ladies 2nds 2-1 Owls 2nds (L.McConnell, E.Aiken)
The Ladies 3rds were away to Owls and Laura McConnell got the girls off to a flying start when she connected with a cross with a neat deflection to give the ladies into the lead. Owls managed to pull one back in the second half but the ladies were not finished. From a penalty corner, Erin Aiken put the ladies back into the lead with a well taken strike. Well done Courtney Mills, player of the match, who prevented the Owls girls from lobbing the ball into the net in the closing stages.