WEEKEND ROUND UP
South Antrim 1-4 NICS (M.Gray)
South couldn’t pull off the cup upset unfortunately as NICS go through. In the first half, arguably South were slightly on top, though having to defend for long periods, they created more chances but couldn’t convert. A Chris Barnes drag gave the visitors the lead just prior to half time. A second Barnes drag flick very close to the restart, added the cushion for a more attacking style. NICS squeezed in a dubious third after borderline dangerous play in the circle then a 4th with a neat deflection that Hutchinson 95% saved. Mark Gray scored a consolation goal late on, but what a consolation goal, a one hand surging run from the corner of the 25 along the entire baseline, then flicking goal bound from no angle at all. Wow. The Premier league campaign starts next week, home to Kilkeel.
South Antrim 2nds 2-3 Annadale 2nds (D.Hutchinson, N.Wilson)
A fantastic display from the 2s away to Annadale 2s was just not enough to claim the points. A trademark windmill shot from Daz Hutchinson found the top corner and a diving deflection from Neil Wilson after a base line dribble form Chris Arnott were the goals. Neil Wilson couldn’t add a third as he hit the post from a penalty flick as Annadale ran out 3-2 winners.
South Antrim 3rds 1-2 Mossley 4ths (S.Hood)
The thirds also failed to get the points this weekend in Glengormley. Stephen Hood took the loss hard, rumour has it he got… agitated. He did manage to bag South’s only goal.
South Antrim 4ths 4-4 Downpatrick 1sts (A.Hamilton Jnr, J.Taylor, A.Collins, A.Smith)
An Archie Collins finish, a diving one handed reverse from Junior, a weaving Chairman Taylor solo goal, and a rocket of a short from Alan Smith were enough to earn a hard fought draw as a strong Down side scored four straight hits from shorts.
South Antrim 5ths 2-2 Antrim 3rds (A.Glass Jnr, S.Taggart)
Tags marked his return to his boyhood club with a goal and another goal from young Adam Glass put the hosts ahead before defensive errors allowed Antrim back into it to level the game. Trev is not pleased.
South Antrim Ladies 0-3 Parkview
Unfortunately the Ladies return from Ballyclare with nothing after Parkview scored 3 without reply. I at hope at least the view of the park was nice.. Must be if they named a club after it.
South Antrim Ladies 2nds 2-3 Grosvenor Ladies 4ths (A.Wright x2)
Close but no cigar again for the Ladies as they too have nothing to show after their weekend’s hockey. Last season’s goal machine Amy Wright got her account up and running, scoring twice. Allegedly, the deciding goal came from a shot outside the circle, but unfortunately these things happen.