This was expected to be a tight match between these two newly promoted teams and it didn’t disappoint with both sides giving their all during the game. Carniny had the lion’s share of the play in the early stages, when they took the game to the visitors with the wide men of McComb and McCann causing problems down the flanks with Agnew and Simpson working hard along the front line. The home side were rewarded with a free kick 25 yds out which Ricky Hanna put past the keeper only to see it hit the post and comeback out to rebound off the keeper back into the net to give Carniny the lead on 10 mins. Carniny continued to attack and a perfectly weighted pass from Heron put Simpson through down the right who slotted home under the keeper to make it 2-0 to the home side. Southside had to switch their formation during the half to deal with Carniny and it remained the same score to the break.
Southside came out determined to get back into the game in the second half and they did just that ten mins into the half when a through pass saw Jake Carson beat the offside trap and slot past the Carniny keeper to reduce the deficit. The visitors used the tailwind to effect and kept Carniny pinned back into their own half floating long balls in to the Carniny half but the back four of Costello, Spence, Hanna and Waring held firm, with Taggart doing the ‘dirty work’ in the middle of the park and Kealey also on hand to pull off two point blank saves and keep the score at 2-1. Carniny had a few chances themselves in the closing stages with McCann heading over the bar and Simpson brought down by the keeper outside the box, but the resulting free kick came to nothing. There were to be no further goals with the home side taking three points.
Panel; Kealey, Costello, Spence, Hanna, Waring, McComb, Taggart, Heron, McCann, Agnew, Simpson, Martin, Henderson, Calderwood, Jaworski