Bangor go five points clear; Portadown off the mark

Bangor scored three late goals to defeat Antrim 4-1 at the Forum on Saturday and consolidate their position at the top of the Ulster Premier League table on a reduced weekend of action in the province.

Antrim’s Alex McBride and Adam Watts had exchanged goals and the score remained tied at 1-1 with just nine minutes left.

However, Andrew Creane made it 2-1 to the seasiders before two penalty strokes converted by Ryan Burgess sealed Bangor’s victory.

In the only other top flight game to beat the frost, Keith McWilliams, who got two, David England and Matty Russell scored for Newry in a 4-1 win over Cliftonville, whose reply came from David Hurley at the border venue.

In the women’s Ulster Premier League, Portadown finally got off the mark as Stacey Livingstone’s penalty corner conversion earned them a 1-0 win over Rainey in Magherafelt.

In Senior One, both games ended in stalemate as Victorians and Raphoe fought out a 3-3 draw in the late slot at the Dub while CI and Omagh ended 2-2 at Belmont.

Kim Porter, Dara Curry and Rachel Hewitt were on target for Vics with Arlyne Kilpatrick, Sabrina Barnett and Emma Harpur replying for the Donegal side.

Tessa Greer and Leah Ternahan scored for CI with Neave Nethery and Danni Darragh on the mark to secure Omagh a point from their trip to Belfast.

Ulster Premier: Antrim 1 (A McBride) Bangor 4 (A Watts, A Creane, R Burgess 2); Newry 4 (Keith McWilliams 2, D England, M Russell) Cliftonville 1 (D Hurley)

Ulster Premier: Rainey 0 Portadown 1 (S Livingstone)
Senior One: CI 2 ( T Greer, L Ternahan) Omagh 2 (N Nethery, D Darragh); Victorians 3 (K Porter, D Curry, R Hewitt) Raphoe 3 (A Kilpatrick, S Barnett, E Harpur).

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