Nortel continue to impress but Tech and Barn suffer defeats

Nortel's John Rosbotham scores after a slip-up by Crumlin Star's goalkeeper Lawrence Mervyn. Photo: Philip McCloy
Nortel's John Rosbotham scores after a slip-up by Crumlin Star's goalkeeper Lawrence Mervyn. Photo: Philip McCloy
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Premier Division: Nortel continue to impress in the Amateur League’s top flight with Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Crumlin Star. Thanks to goals from Mark Wilkinson and John Rosbotham, Ricky Beggs’ men are now up to fourth spot with two games in hand over third-placed Ardglass.

They are back at the Factory Grounds again this weekend for the visit of Kilmore Rec who drew 1-1 with Drumaness Mills on Saturday.

Action from Larne Tech's game against Dundonald. INLT 42-133-GR

Action from Larne Tech's game against Dundonald. INLT 42-133-GR

Division 1A: Barn United have now gone three league games without a win after they were edged out 3-2 by Orangefield Old Boys at Haslett Park. Stablemates Larne Tech Old Boys suffered their third defeat of the campaign as they fell to a 4-0 defeat at home to Dundonald. Johnny Hastings’ men will be hoping to bounce straight back when they welcome Dunmurry Rec to Dennis Harvey Park this weekend.

UUJ appear to have found a new lease of life under boss Shane McCullough who took the hot-seat earlier this month. Following on from last week’s Irish Cup win over Wellington Rec, the students bagged their first league success of the season with a 3-0 victory at Rosario. Laurence Lyons found the net twice and Padraig Scollay got the other.

Division 1B: After the departure Graham McConnell, Wellington Rec slumped to their heaviest league defeat of the season in Saturday’s 6-1 home drubbing to leaders Newcastle. The loss saw Wellington slip to fourth spot so a positive result against East Belfast - a team just one point behind them in the table - will be imperative for new boss Colin Telford, who was announced as the Brookvale Park outfit’s manager on Tuesday.

Seventh-placed Rathfern Rangers opened up a three-point gap between themselves and Downshire thanks to a 4-1 win at the Diamond. Alan Kerby, Craig Caughey, Doyle and Gary Orr netted the goals for Bill Campbell’s men who are unbeaten in their last four outings in 1B.

Division 1C: A Terry Lyness double helped Mossley FC to a 3-1 win over 18th Newtownabbey Old Boys at Cloyne Crescent. Lee Graham chipped in with the other for Garry Campbell’s men, with Ross Miskimmin on target for the Monkstown outfit.

Struggling Kilroot Rec fell to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of East Belfast side, Shorts.

Division 2B: Whitehead Eagles and Greenisland FC drew 2-2 with Bangor YM and Portavogie Rangers respectively.

Division 2C: FC Ballynure lost 9-2 away to Finaghy while 4th Newtownabbey lost 6-2 at home to St Teresa’s.