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Higginson Hat Trick Success in Junior Shield (Round 3)


Robert Doherty (Co Antrim FA) presents the Toals Bookmakers Man Of The Award to Paul Higginson of Berlin Swifts after his hat trick sealed a comfortable 5-1 victory. Berlin Swifts will face Willowbank in Round 4, to be played on Saturday 13th December 2014 (1.30pm KO)

 Berlin swifts v Belfast Celtic YM - Woodvale Park (Sat 22nd Nov 2014)

Unbeaten in their Domestic League, Belfast Celtic YM. arrived at Woodvale  Park with confidence to progress to last 32 of Co Antrim Junior Shield.

Following the deluge of rain on Friday night, games in the City were in peril of cancellation, but as it turned out the weather was exceptional for late November and the new pitch at Woodvale was in tip top condition.

So all set for a humdinger cup tie , and so it proved in opening ten minutes where no quarter was asked or given.

Former Senior Referee Brian Turkington was in his element and was having a great game, now enjoying officiating at this level.

Some meaty challenges were going in but the cards remained in his pocket and he let the teams get on with it.

The opening goal arrived on 14 minutes when Paul Higginson released Cassidy, who sprang the offside trap and raced in on goal. Just as he was about to slip the ball under Kelly he was unceremoniously upended and Turkington duly dismissed Sean Hyland for an early bath and the resultant penalty was stroked home by Paul Higginson.

On half hour, during sustained pressure, the ball broke to Curtis Douglas who slammed the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box leaving Kelly in goal rooted to the spot.

William Dunwoody settled the tie when he drove home the third goal in 38th minute from 22 yards.

HT 3-0

Strong words must have been said during the break and the visitors were galvanised into action and were soon awarded for their efforts when a defender handled the ball and the penalty was slammed hope by Celtic centre forward Noel H

Stephen Higginson in home goal was contender for MOM for a string of powerful saves and his goal kicking was superb, his team had to thank him for keeping Belfast Celtic at bay.

His impressive brother, Paul Higginson, then danced and weaved around three defenders to accurately pick his spot for the fourth goal on 62 minutes.

Eventual MOM winner Higginson stroked home his hat trick from the penalty spot when Keeper Kelly threw the ball out to Cassidy who slipped the ball to the sub No 3 who was brought down for the spot kick on 68 minutes.

The last quarter was then played out with Celtic bringing a few saves from Higginson, but no threat to the eventual winners.

Only black spot was the rash two footed challenge by Berlin swifts Cassidy who was duly dismissed by the Referee in the final minute of the game when there seemed no rational explanation as the ball was on the halfway line.


Final score  5-1


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County Antrim and District Football Association