Bangor leap-frog Inst while Dungannon and Queen’s shine in Ulster

Bangor have leapfrogged Instonians to go back to the top of the Ulster Premier League following a 7-0 drubbing of Queen’s at the Dub on Saturday, writes John Flack.

Stephen Hamill and Chris Campbell got two goals each as the students’ recent run of positive results came to an end.

Queen’s Emily McStea. Pic: Billy Pollock

Kilkeel remain in third place after a 3-3 draw with Mossley but instead of one point dropped it could have been all three.

Mossley led 3-1 with five minutes remaining but their hosts staged a stunning late rally, goals from Jonathan Aiken and David Rae earning them a share of the spoils. Raphoe remain in trouble after a 2-0 home loss to NICS, whose goals came from Ross Anderson and James Hall.

Newry were 3-2 home winners over South Antrim thanks to goals from David England and Keith McWilliams, who got two. Luke McClelland, Chris Lemon and David Coates were on target for Harlequins at Deramore in a 3-2 win over North Down.

Dungannon have joined Ballymoney at the top of the women’s Ulster Premier after new-signing from Portadown, Leanne Cassels, scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Rainey.

But Queen’s remain title favourites after goals from Jessica McMaster and Emily McStea gave them a 2-0 win over Portadown and a seventh victory on the bounce.

Credit to Portadown, who put up a brave battle against the title favourites, with goalkeeper Leah Rogers deserving of special mention.

She pulled off a series of great stops and Heather Wright was also immense in defence as the students were unable to capitalise on a host of other chances.

Mossley drew 1-1 with Ulster Elks and Banbridge continued their impressive form as goals from Paula Haugh and Rachel Cairns earned them a 2-1 home win over North Down.

Sarah McClure and Jo-Anne Wilson hit two apiece as champions Lurgan stayed in the mix with a 5-2 win over Randalstown.

Ulster Premier: Banbridge 2 (P Haugh, R Cairns) North Down 1 (R Lucas); Dungannon 6 (S Kelly, L Cassels 3.K Elliott, L White ) Rainey 1 (T Corry); Lurgan 5 (S McClure 2, O Gibson, J-A Wilson 2) Randalstown 2 (S Graham, H Taggart); Mossley 1 (S McDowell) Ulster Elks 1 (A Hamilton); Queen’s 2 (J McMaster, E McStea) Portadown 0.

Senior One: Armagh 2 (E Mackey, A Dunne) Ballyclare 2 (C McKinty, K Dixon); Ballymena 1 (R Reynolds) Lisnagarvey 2 (J Flynn, L McCracken); Omagh 2 (A Young 2) Priorians 2 (J Kennedy, E Allen); Victorians 2 (E Walker, E Cutrona) Knock 0.

Ulster Premier League: Queen’s 0 Bangor 7 (S Hamill 2, C Campbell 2, R Burgess, R Cunningham, D McClune); Belfast Harlequins 3 (L McClelland, C Lemon, D Coates) North Down 2 (P Wilson, G McKeown); Kilkeel 3 (D Finlay, J Aiken, D Rae) Mossley 3 (P Kane, A Monahan, J Robinson); Newry 3 (D England 2, K McWilliams) South Antrim 2 (C Henry 2); Raphoe 0 Civil Service 2 (R Anderson, J Hall)

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