This was always going to be a closely fought affair with Raceview needing the win and Carniny unlikely to give their Broughshane neighbours an easy route through to claim the title. The first half was a nervy affair, cat and mouse between the two teams with Carniny just slightly edging the half with some neat ball work from Ryan Wilkinson on the right flank and Adam Whitehurst and David Hanna working hard up front. There were few clear cut chances for either team leaving the game still in the balance at the break.
As expected, Raceview came out in the second half taking the game to Carniny, but Carniny soaked up the pressure well with Graham and Montgomery in fine form in the centre of defence. The pressure did however tell when, after a goal mouth scramble, ex Carniny man Calderwood poked the ball over the line at the second attempt to give the Broughshane men the lead with 25 mins remaining. Carniny then went on the offensive trying for an equaliser but were unable to get through the Raceview defence and were almost caught on the break when Hume had the chance to put the game beyond reach for Carniny but Raceview failed to score further and held on for their win and ultimately the league title.
Panel; McNeilly, O’Mullan, Graham, Montgomery, Hamill, Magill, O’Neill, Wilkinson, Whitehurst, Hanna, McCartney. Subs; Simpson, Dillon, Adams D, Adams P
Carniny Amateurs have settled well into Intermediate football after a shaky start to their season and now know what is needed to compete in this league. The team is already looking forward to next season at this level and have the full backing of their club behind them.
Anyone interested in joining the Amateurs should contact Anthony McCartney 07708822793