Banks O’Dee Albion earned their place in the next round of the U17s Raymond Kelly Association Trophy after beating Glentanar CC in the third round at Woodside. The weather was atrocious, with the torrential rain meaning that the pitch was heavy to play on.
It took Banks O’Dee only ten minutes to open the scoring as they were awarded a free kick just into the opposition half. Owen Duff played the ball into the box, catching Glentanar keeper Klayton Stewart by surprise and ending up in the back of the net.
Glentanar nearly equalised from a set piece soon after. Taken by Niall McKay, the ball was lofted into the box and met by the head of Ross MacDonald who placed his effort narrowly wide of the post.
A cross from Banks O’Dee from the left wing nearly put them two goals to the good as a deflection sent the ball towards the Glentanar goal. Quick reactions from Stewart and Robbie Paul ensured that that the ball was cleared and the deficit remained at one.
However, they could only keep Banks O’Dee out for so long as minutes before the half time whistle Josh Paton doubled the lead. A shot from Michael Mitchell was saved by Stewart but only as far as Paton who stayed composed to put the ball into the empty net.
As the teams went in for half time, Banks O’Dee seemed deserved leaders but Glentanar still had plenty of time left to try and salvage their cup run.