County Antrim Shield: Glens through in extra-time but Carrick lose to PSNI

Glentoran's Jonathan Smith and Mark Shannon of Ballyclare challenge for the ball at Dixon Park
Glentoran's Jonathan Smith and Mark Shannon of Ballyclare challenge for the ball at Dixon Park

Glentoran edged through to the last eight of the County Antrim Shield by beating Ballyclare Comrades 1-0 after extra-time at Dixon Park on Tuesday.

Jonathan Smith headed home a Ross Redman cross in the closing minutes.

Premiership side Carrick Rangers crashed out 4-1 to Championship side PSNI at Taylor's Avenue however.

Holders Ballymena United, Ards, Linfield, Crusaders, Cliftonville and Albert Foundry also progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition.

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Holders Ballymena United beat H&W Welders 3-0 in Shield

Lukas Adamczyk gave PSNI the lead against their top-flight opponents with a 20th-minute penalty but Scott McCrory's own goal saw the sides go in level at half-time.

Paul McDowell, Johnny Courtney and Stuart Hutchinson were on target after the break to ensure their side's passage.

Tony Kane's first-half penalty sent holders Ballymena United on their way to a 3-0 success against H&W Welders at the Showgrounds, with in-form strike pair Johnny McMurray and Cathair Friel both finding the net in the second half to give the final scoreline a more convincing look.

Linfield met with stubborn resistance from the visiting Donegal Celtic defence in the first half of their tie at Windsor Park but second-half strikes from Reece Glendinning, Mark Haughey, Stephen Lowry and Paul Smyth saw the Blues safely through 4-0.

Martin Donnelly celebrates with Cliftonville goalscorer Jay Donnelly
Martin Donnelly celebrates with Cliftonville goalscorer Jay Donnelly

Cliftonville were the night's highest scorers as they outclassed Premier Intermediate League outfit Bangor 7-1 at Solitude.

The Reds went in three up at the interval thanks to goals from Jay Donnelly and Gary Donnelly (2) and soon after the break Gary Donnelly scored from the spot to complete his hat-trick.

David McDaid and Ross Lavery got their names on the scoresheet, while Bangor scored an own goal and gained scant consolation with a Gerard McMullan penalty in the final minute.

Andy Mitchell fired home and added a penalty in the first half to give Crusaders a 2-0 victory over Larne at Inver Park, while Albert Foundry were 1-0 winners over Newington in the only game not involving a Premiership team.

Ards eased through to the draw for the next round by seeing off Knockbreda 3-1, Tommy Wray's own goal put Ards ahead with Carl McComb scoring the other two. David Johnson was Knockbreda's goalscorer.

Action from Windsor Park
Mark Haughey (right) is congratulated after scoring Linfield's second goal against Donegal Celtic
Toals County Antrim Shield first round results
Ballymena Utd3-0H&W Welders
Carrick Rangers1-4PSNI
Ards3-1Knockbreda
Ballyclare Comrades0-1Glentoran (after extra-time)
Linfield4-0Donegal Celtic
Larne0-2Crusaders
Cliftonville7-1Bangor
Newington FC0-1Albert Foundry
Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final results
Dungannon Swifts3-2 Dollingstown
Newry City AFC0-4Glenavon
Portadown1-2Rathfriland Rangers
Warrenpoint Town1-0Valley Rangers
North West Cup semi-final results
Coleraine2-0Moyola Park
Limavady Utd0-0Institute (Institute won on penalties)