Mixed fortunes for Ardstraw and Strabane in League Cup.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Mixed fortunes for Ardstraw and Strabane in League Cup. thumbnail Ardstraw's Ivan Sproule scored against Maiden City, however his side went on to lose the game 4-1.

ARDSTRAW exited the Intermediate Knock-Out Cup at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Maiden City at Swilly Stadium on Saturday.

Maiden City ...4
Ardstraw ...1

It was what only can be described as an uneventful first half as neither team seemed to want to take the game in their own hands. Both teams looked nervous and chances were limited to long range efforts and neither keeper were troubled with the score at half time being 0-0.

The game sprung to life though in the second period though and Ardstraw took the lead when player-manager Ivan Sproule showed his evergreen class to chase onto a long ball over the top and left the ball over the onrushing Maiden keeper Conor Brady.

Soon after that, City took total control of the game.

Richard Lynch in midfield was outstanding alongside young Andrew Scott, who was a handful for the Ardstraw defensive midfield. Both players were involved along with Ryan Harkin who crossed for PJ Ward to drive home from inside the box to make it 1-1.

After the equaliser, it was all Maiden City and man of the match Lynch then scored from close range to make it 2-1. PJ Ward got the third goal which was all his own work when he picked up the ball inside their half and held off two defenders before dinking the ball over the keeper from 10 yards.

Scott drilled the ball home from the edge of the box to make it 4-1 and end Ardstraw's hopes for silverware.

Magherafelt Sky Blues 0-3 Strabane Athletic Strabane Athletic booked their place in the last four of the competition with an impressive 3-0 win over recently crowned Intermediate League champions Magherafelft Sky Blues at Meadowbank.

Athletic chased Magherafelt all season, and the south Derry men stayed out in front to claim the league title. Strabane though gained revenge on Saturday by dumping the Sky Blues out of the cup in the quarter-finals, courtesy of goals from Ronan McBrearty, Gary Henderson and Gary Taylor.

The Challenge Cup semi-finals are to be played on Saturday, May 12. Strabane Athletic host Trojans, while Newbuildings will travel to Maiden City.

Both games are a 2pm kick-off.


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