INTERMEDIATE CUP: Ballynure Old Boys edged out by Shankill United

Ballynure Old Boys' manager Gary Burns. INNT 13-023-GR

Ballynure Old Boys' manager Gary Burns. INNT 13-023-GR

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After dominating against Shankill United at The Hammer in the first half of Saturday’s Intermediate Cup first-round tie, Ballynure Old Boys came a cropper after the interval and finished on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline.

A strike by skipper Michael Duff had Gary Burns’ lads one up at the break, but three United goals in a purple patch at the start of the second session had them on the back foot.

Robert Watson’s late strike set up a tense finish but the Amateur League outfit held on to progress.

Ballynure OB: Hughes; Penny, Robinson M Leckey, M Curlett; D Higgins, Duff (C), D Leckey, McIntyre; Ellis, McIlroy. Subs: Forsythe, G Curlett, Watson, McFall.