Whites and Woodlands share spoils, still no joy for Carnlough

Andrew McIlrath slips it past the Carnlough keeper to put 1st Carrick Old Boys three up before half time. INLT 03-404-RM
Andrew McIlrath slips it past the Carnlough keeper to put 1st Carrick Old Boys three up before half time. INLT 03-404-RM

Your weekly round-up of the East Antrim teams involved in Ballymena and Provincial League action.

Intermediate Division: Rathcoole fought back from a goal down to claim a 3-1 win at home to Chimney Corner. Jamie Willigan had given the visitors the lead but Adam Irwin levelled matters.

Andrew McIwrath celebrates his goal by rocking the cradle with new father Stevie Lewis. INLT 03-405-RM

Andrew McIwrath celebrates his goal by rocking the cradle with new father Stevie Lewis. INLT 03-405-RM

Matthew Doyle edged Rathcoole in front in the second half before Glenn McCord landed a third to secure all three points.

Junior Division One: FC Whiteabbey and Woodlands had to settle for a share of the spoils in a high-scoring 4-4 draw at the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster.

Whiteabbey went in front in the first minute through Robert Tourish only for Woodlands to hit back thanks to goals from Alex Haggan and Ross Oliver.

With half-time approaching, Kyle Quinn brought the Whites level at 2-2.

Gerald Southam edged the home side in front early in the second half but a Thomas Ogilvie double put the Carrick men back in the driving seat with 25 minutes on the clock.

However, Whiteabbey only had to wait 120 seconds to get back on terms with Gerald Southam finding the net.

Junior Division Two: Craig Hegarty’s Ballynure Old Boys ‘B’ got the better of league leaders Krag Albion with a 3-2 win.

Hegarty’s men blazed into a three-goal lead with Josh McIlroy (two) and Conor Moore on target.

Albion’s Jonny Robb reduced the deficit in the 65th minute and Lee Lowry netted what proved to be little more than a consolation in what was only his side’s second league defeat of the season.

Junior Division Three: Bottom club Carnlough Swifts had no answers as they succumbed to their ninth league defeat of the campaign, losing 4-0 to 1st Carrick Old Boys.

Wallace Nelson put Carrick in front on 15 minutes before Chris Sands doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark.

Winless Carnlough tried hard to get back into the game but conceded a third scored by Andy McIlrath.

Steve Lewis completed the scoring in the 70th minute.

Mountainview bagged all three points as they defeated 3rd Ballyclare OB 3-1. An own goal and a Billy Brown double sealed victory. Andy Gilmore netted for the Old Boys.

Elsewhere, goals from Ian Ross, Ross Murdock, Phil Hall and Glenn Jones secured a 4-2 success for Whitehead Rangers against Red Star.

At Woodburn Playing Fields, Castle Star Reserves lost 5-3 to Rathcoole Reserves.