Double success for seniors
Carryduff Colts first team reached the third round of the prestigious Junior Shield on Saturday with a hard fought win against Ballymena side North End FC.
And the seconds made it a memorable weekend for the senior club when they trounced Valley Rangers Colts 9-0 to move into third place in the league five points behind leaders Celtic Bhoys II but with a game in hand.
The first game was a feisty affair and Colts suffered two early blows. Firstly the consistently good Joe Sweeney suffered a serious injury when he dislocated his shoulder and had to be taken to hospital with Fergus McBride replacing him.
Then they lost an early goal from a soft free kick after just six minutes.
But the goal only served to bring them to life and they equalised within two minutes. The goalkeeper was adjudged to have picked up a back pass and from the resulting free kick just eight yards from goal Eamonn Vize slipped the ball to DA Brownlee and he fired into the corner of the net.
Goalkeeper John Mulholland pulled off two brilliant saves to keep the game level before a superb solo goal from Brownlee put Colts into the lead. Picking the ball up on the right he cut inside dancing past three defenders before stroking the ball into the net.
North End then had a player sent off and with the rearranged back four of Paul Murphy, Marc Hegney, Rory McDonnell and Paul Maguire solid at the back the game never looked in doubt from that point on.
Vize and McBride dominated midfield with man of the match Stevie Doherty, who played in three different positions, and Jamie Maynes supporting Brownlee and Calum McSorley in attack.
The match was wrapped up in the second half when Doherty converted a penalty after a defender had handled a shot destined for the net following a corner. Young Arron Waddell and Adam Shilliday added fresh legs when they came on as subs and were a constant source of danger and almost added to the total.
Colts will now meet North Belfast team Rooftop, who they beat in the first round two years ago, in the next round with a real chance of reaching the last 32 of a competition that attracts over 200 entries.
Colts: Mulholland, Sweeney (McBride), Murphy, McDonnell, Hegney, Vize (Waddell), Maynes (Shilliday), Maguire, McSorley, Doherty, Brownlee.
* Chris Doyle grabbed himself four first half goals in a remarkable performance as the Seconds scored nine at Lough Moss against Valley Rangers Colts.
Conor O’Toole grabbed two, Eoin Madden also claimed two while Jordy Toal added another from the penalty spot.
Seconds squad: Lyons, O’Toole, Holden, Madden, McDonnell, Doherty, Toal, Compton, Cunningham, Neill, Laverty, Keating, Henry, Doyle