South Thirds win fiesty encounter with Newry

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South Antrim 3rds entertained Newry at FSL in what was always going to be a fiesty encounter between to club’s with history of fiery clashes.

Newry targeted South’s younger players and made a heavy challenge in the early stages that set the tone for a physical encounter.

South stuck to their game plan and weren’t drawn into petty clashes.

They were rewarded and went one up through George Glass, as he received the ball in the circle, beat to players and finished cooly.

After a few scares from Newry attacks, South got a second to ease the nerves through Callum McCandless, who was in the right place at the right time to tap in back post.

At this poinst Newry seemed to give up the fight and South never looked back in the second half and went on to register another three goals thank to Chris Black and second for Callum McCandless and George Glass.

George had a penalty flick saved which would have secured his hat-trick.

South Antrim Fourths welcomed their friendly rivals from Hillsborough down to Friends School Lisburn, with South hoping to do better than when the sides met in the League Cup.

However, this was always going to be a tough match for South and this wasn’t helped by conceding the first goal of the game from some sluggish marking.

After this, South woke up and began to play some nicer hockey with the club’s current top scorer Alan Hamilton Junior adding another goal to his tally for the year after some good work inside the D.

Garvey came back at South scored two in quick succession with some wily veterans using their experience against a young South side.

South Antrim came back again and got back within one after Archie Collins got the ball from the right hand side before coolly slotting the ball past a helpless keeper.

Unfortunately South conceded shortly after, and were chasing the game thereafter.

The match finished 4-2 to Garvey in a close affair which could have went the other way.

South Antrim 5ths traveled to Harlequins hoping to get back to winning ways.

The boys started brightly and pressed the Harlequins’ defence.

However, with South still reverting to hammering the ball into the circle, chances were wasted.

With Peter Davis marshalling the South defence any counterattack from Harlequins was quickly stopped.

With the score level at halftime, South started the second half the stronger, this time working the ball to the bye line and attacking from there.

South’s pressure eventually paid off with Adam Pyper tapping the ball over the line to go one up.

Harlequins still looked dangerous on the counter but the South keeper was rarely troubled. Despite numerous short corners, they boys couldn’t convert and failed to find a second.

However, a quick hit out by Davis in defence found young Faulkner in midfield.

A quick pass to Bell on the right found him in free space. With a sprint up to the 25 line he hammered the ball into the circle for Pyper to control and slot past the advancing keeper.

In the dying minutes Harlequin’s won a short and with a well hit shot heading for the net Wallace in nets made his only save of the match to keep a clean sheet and secure a 2-0 win for South.