Glebe Rangers Reserves travelled to Carrickfergus to play Barn United in the County Antrim Shield.
Glebe started brightly creating a host of chances but after a six week break from league action their finishing let them down as they paid the price for the lack of game time.
Barn created their only chance of the half on the 43rd minute with a long ball over the top which their forward ran onto and finished to put them 1-0 against the run of play.
Glebe started the second half as they did the first creating chances with Chris Mawhinney putting the ball in the net only for the referee to rule it out to the dismay of the Glebe players. This was yet another bizarre decision in very poor weather conditions.
Shortly after this the referee influenced the game again when stand in keeper for the day, Ryan Gurney, came out to clear the ball in his area only for the referee to award a penalty to Barn who scored to go two goals up.
As the game went into the last 20 minutes Glebe pushed forward as they tried to get back in the game with Josh Elliott and Adam McVicker going to close on a few occasions. Unfortunately they were unable to get the ball in the net and with Glebe committing men forward, Barn took advantage to score their third goal.
Manager Ryan Gurney commented after the game; “This was not our best performance but it definitely hasn’t been helped by a lack of league action in the last six weeks.”
County Antrim Shield results
NEWINGTON FC RESERVES 6-0 ARDS RANGERS II
LIGONEIL WMC 0-6 LOWER SHANKILL
SHAMROCK FC 5-6 BELFAST CELTIC YM
ST LUKES’S FC 5-0 SPORTING BALLYMONEY
BARN UTD 3-0 GLEBE RES