Fourths earn fine draw against league leaders

South Antrim 4ths 2 Down 1sts 2

South Antrim started well in the match against the league’s leaders Down but with all their play created only a few half chances.

The former Senior 2 club used all their experience to expose the South defence and take advantage of short corners to go a goal up with a straight hit.

A second goal followed straight after when a crashed ball in was deflected into the net at the near post, leaving South trailing at the break. At the start of the first half, South’s afternoon went from bad to worse after being reduced to 10 men for the remainder of the game after a small tussle.

However, instead of letting this put the result out of their reach, a reinvigorated South team rallied and got a goal back with Gavin McGill sticking his first goal for the club into the net in a somewhat scrappy manner, but every goal counts.

South continued to press for an equaliser and eventually it did come with Archie Collins flicking the ball up over the keeper after his initial shot had been saved.

South almost got a winner with Alan Hamilton Jnr and Alan Smith coming close but South can be more than happy to grab a point from the match against a strong side.