There was no slip-up for Nortel at Houston Park, as Ricky Beggs’ side marched to the quarter-finals of the Steel and Sons Cup after Saturday’s 6-1 victory away to 1b side Bloomfield.
Two first-half efforts from Glenn Hand gave Nortel a two-goal interval lead, with Mark Wilkinson adding a third just after the break.
Bloomfield cancelled that one out, but Nortel reasserted their authority with a double from sub Darren McKay while Andrew Rosbotham completed the scoring right at the death.
There was a first league defeat for Mossley in 1c, losing 3-2 to Saintfield United. “We let ourselves down. Just a bad day after such good progress,” said boss, Garry Campbell. “We gave away two bad goals in the opening 10 minutes and didn’t recover. If we play like that against Kilroot next week, they will beat us!” Mossley’s marksmen were Ricky Moore and Chris Proctor.
A 93rd-minute equaliser denied Rathfern all three points in a 2-2 draw away to Sirocco Works at Ballyskeagh. Rangers believed the goal was scored from an offside position. “To their credit, the Sirocco management apologised for the goal after the match but its two points thrown away,” said Rathfern manager, Bill Campbell. “We are sitting with nine points from six matches, but it should have been six wins out of six. A win here would have taken us up to third in the table.” Dale McManus and Gary Orr got the Rathfern goals.
Given that home side Rosario YC hit the woodwork twice and had a penalty saved by Stephen Brennan, an under-par Barn United were content with a point in a 1-1 draw. Barn’s equaliser came when a Rosario defender, under pressure from Andrew Dummigan, turned the ball past his own keeper.
There were no goals at Dennis Harvey Park where Larne Tech and Dromara Village shared the spoils in 1A.
Wellington Rec returned to winning ways, with a 2-1 victory over Downshire YM at Brookvale Park. Midfielder Lee Rea bagged both their goals.