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Double Delight for Homers

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Double Delight for Homers thumbnailHarryville Homers celebrate their extra time win over All Saints Old Boys in the final of the Ace cup at Broughshane.GB20127D P51

HARRYVILLE Homers clinched the coveted League Championship crown with a 7-1 away win over Carnlough Swifts - and a few days later landed the Ace Cup final, beating All Saints OB 4-3 after extra time!
Carnlough Swifts 1, Harryville Homers 7
Homers were in 7th heaven at they made it five league titles in a row in sunny Carnlough.
They took a two goal lead with a double hit from Paul McNeill .
Sean Ward threatened to spoil the party when he halved the deficit with a speculative left foot drive into the top corner just after the interval.
As it turned out, this was the jolt the Harryville team needed.
Gary Bonnes restored the two goal advantage. Alan Rainey added and Darren Campbell headed home his 30th goal of the season for number five.
Rainey turned provider once again as captain Bonnes turned in his centre to make it six. Then robust Colin Craig was on hand to complete the scoring for The Homer's and help maintain his teams 100% record in the league.
Ace Cup final
All Saints OB 3, Harryville Homers 4 (AET)
PAUL McNeill was the match winner once again in a game between these two sides as he scored three minutes from the end of extra time to win the Ace Cup for Homers in a seven goal thriller.
Mid way through the half All Saints got the breakthrough.
Alan Telford whipped in a wicked free kick from the left and Chris Wilkinson was on hand to head home from close range.
Homers had the ball in the net on 40 minutes but the referee had blown for an earlier offside. This warning was not heeded by Saints as Homers drew level two minutes later when a free kick from Ricky Nicholl evaded everyone and slipped in at the back post.
Saints reacted brilliantly and forced a corner kick almost immediately.
Barry Hamill sent in a great delivery from the right which found Ciaran McGarry, his header was somehow kept out by Alex McCosh, but Philip Lynn reacted quickest to head home and send Saints in at the break a goal to the good.
Homers got the perfect start to the second half as they drew level for a second time five minutes in when Colin Craig latched onto a slip from a Saints defender and fired the ball low past Brian Martin.
This goal could have rattled Saints but to their credit they came back at Homers and again took the lead on 56 minutes.
Alan Telford was the provider once again as he sent in a dangerous free kick which Homers did not deal with and Chris Wilkinson got on the end of it to knock the ball home.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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