COUNTY ANTRIM SHIELD: Linfield march on as they beat Ballyclare Comrades

Linfield's Kirk Millar celebrates after scoring his side's third goal
Linfield's Kirk Millar celebrates after scoring his side's third goal

Holders Linfield were too strong for Ballyclare Comrades in the first-round of the County Antrim Shield on Tuesday night.

David Healy’s got off to a flying start against Ballyclare at Dixon Park, Stephen Lowry and Kirk Millar both scoring the put the Blues 2-0 in front by the 12th minute.

Comrades Mark Kelly replied for the hosts but Millar’s second of the match in the 81st minute sealed the win for the holders but a further strike by substitute Louis Rooney sealed a 4-1 win.

Jay Donnelly found the net twice in the first half, with Rory Donnelly and Ross Lavery also on target as Cliftonville went in 4-0 to the good at the interval against Knockbreda.

Donnelly nodded in to complete his hat-trick after the break, with Ciaran Caldwell adding the sixth in their 6-0 win

Billy Joe Burns put Crusaders ahead a minute before half-time at home to Donegal Celtic, with David Cushley grabbing a double after the half-time break and Philip Lowry also getting his name on the scoresheet.

Ballymena United - winners in 2016 - took time to get into their stride against the Welders before Leroy Millar, Cathair Friel and Fra McCaffrey scored to ensure an ultimately convincing 3-0 scoreline.

The Glens were flying as Tiernan McNicholl, Steven Gordon and Jonathan Smith 3-0 up at half-time at the Oval.

But Gary Lavery fired home two-long range efforts for Crumlin Star before Eoghan McCawl netting the home side’s fourth of the game to book their place in the next round.

And Carrick Rangers got a much needed win after a tough start to their league campaign as Ben Roy scored twice in his side’s triumph over PSNI, with Eamon McAllister and Sean Green getting the other goals in a 4-2 triumph for Davy McAlinden’s side.

Second-half strikes from Reece Glendinning, Gareth Tommons and Carl McComb proved enough for Ards at Larne as they won 3-0.

And David McMaster and Curtis Black both secured doubles in Dundela’s impressive 4-0 win over Glebe Rangers.