WEEKEND ROUND UP
South Antrim 3-4 Belfast Harlequins (A.Glass, L.Marshall, N.Gamble)
Another close game with no reward. The lads pushed Quins to the very end and can be proud of their performance given that their recent relegation would have been playing on their minds. Nathan Gamble gave the hosts the lead 2 minutes into the 2nd half with a tap in after a cross from Adam Glass. Quins then raced to a 3-1 lead 10 minutes later with 2 drag flicks and a neat finish from Luke McClelland. South pulled one back through an Adam Glass reverse before Quins scored a well worked goal to give a tap in at the back post. Lee Marshall got South’s 3rd with 10 to go after a short corner variation. It brings an end to the 1sts’ season, a disappointing year but the foundations are there now to be prepared for a hopeful immediate return to the Prem in 2 years.
South Antrim 4ths 0-2 Lisnagarvey 6ths
The dismal run goes on against Garvey. This lets Garvey climb above South 4ths in Junior 5. The 4ths better win next weekend or else Gaz isn’t going to be any fun at the Dinner!
South Antrim 5ths 2-1 Portadown 3rds (I.McElhinney, N.Donald)
With the recent result between these two teams being 8-3 and 5-1 in the Ports favour, no one was expecting anything. However, the 5ths really shone and left Edenvilla with a 2-1 win. Nathan pounced on a rebound at a short corner and eventually scored after 3 tries. Ian McElhinney doubled the RABA’s score with a rasping first time shot after being played in by Nathan Donald. Portadown scored on the break after a mistake at a short corner, they went down the other end and netted to make a nervy last few minutes.
South Antrim Ladies 4-0 Lurgan Ladies 3rds (A.Trimble, C.Seeds, R.Sullivan, S.Neill)
The Ladies 1sts go on to the semi finals of the Minor Plate after a resounding win over Lurgan 3rds. Abby Trimble put the girls one up with a slapped shot high into the net. Rachel Sullivan, who was superb all game, scored a mighty reverse after a short corner routine seemed to be all lost. Not to be out done, Charis Seeds netted her own reverse stick shot to give the ladies a 3-0 lead going into the half time break. Steph Neill bundled the ball over the line in the second as South coasted home. Special mention to Vicky Donaldson who was fantastic at left back/left mid/left wing, she was everywhere.
South Antrim Ladies 3rds 1-5 Ulster Elks Ladies 4ths (L.McConnell)
A result classed as ‘too big a loss’ by one player. The Ladies 3rds were brushed aside as the Moose from North Belfast stampeded to an easy win in the wintry conditions. Laura McConnell briefly put South ahead early on before the weather deteriorated.