Raphoe left to fly the flag for Ulster

Last gasp defending for Mossley
Last gasp defending for Mossley

Raphoe will be Ulster’s only representative in the semi-finals of this season’s Irish Trophy after, Portrush, North Down and South Antrim all bowed out of the competition.

But games between Raphoe and South Antrim are becoming epics. In a near repeat of their Linden Cup final, when it took a penalty shoot out to decide the outcome, it took another penalty shoot out to decide this one as well.

It looked as though South Antrim were going to get revenge for losing the Linden Cup, as they led 2-1, thanks to goals from Paddy Cochrane and Adam Glass but with seconds of the game remaining, a goal from Stephen Cleverly forced the game into extra time.

And with both teams still locked out after extra time, it was down to the dreaded penalty shoot out, which saw Raphoe take it 5-4 with Alan Meehan scoring the all-important winner.

Portrush’s cup run came to abrupt end, as they went out to Dublin side Clontarf who smashed in half a dozen goals without reply.

And North Down, after Rowan Poots gave the Comber side an early lead, lost 2-3 to Bandon from the Munster league.

With premiership fixtures down to three games, the backlog was further compounded when Newry’s game against Annadale was frozen out.

Lisnagarvey’s Andy Williamson, smashed home another hat-trick as Garvey over-ran Kilkeel winning 7-0, thanks to further goals from Jason Lynch, Andy Forrest, Daniel Nelson and Timmy Cockram.

In Senior One, four goals each from Adam Stevenson and Gregory Croft and a hat-trick from Zach McClelland helped Portadown crush PSNI 15-0. In the only other Senior One game, Queens edged out Antrim 4-3, with Andy Bell, Gavin Lecky, Ross Blair and Stuart McQueen all scoring for the students.

Ireland drew their first of six internationals 2-2 against hosts South Africa.