Wins for ‘Straw and Strabane ahead of derby clash

Ardstraw defeated Maiden City 3-1 on Saturday

Ardstraw defeated Maiden City 3-1 on Saturday

ACE striker Robbie Godfrey netted twice and created the third goal as Ardstraw defeated Maiden City 3-1 at Vaughan’s Holm on Saturday to stay in touch with league leaders Portstewart.

The experienced front man scored either side of the interval and teed-up substitute Paul Fusco for the other as the home side maintained their bid for a first ever Northern Ireland Intermediate League title.


Following this win Ardstraw stay a point behind the Ports, who were 3-0 victors over Newbuildings, but the league leaders do have three games in hand of Gary Simpson’s men and remain favourites to be crowned league champions.

At this stage all the Vaughan’s Holm outfit can do is to keep winning in the hope that Portstewart will slip up during their hectic run-in.

 Just down the road Ardstraw’s neighbours Strabane Athletic recorded a magnificent seven in dismantling Ballymoney 7-0 at Melvin.

Conal Crawford led the rout with a sparkling hat-trick with Shane Brennan, Conor Carlin, Oran McShane and David Taylor also on target.

It was Strabane’s fourth win on the trot, a record Neil Carlin’s team will be looking to extend when they host Ardstraw at Melvin on Saturday. Kick off 2pm


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