Men’s Premier League Roundup

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In the Men’s Premier League Cookstown put top spot into their own hands as they beat league leaders Kilkeel 4-1.

The win puts the Mid-Ulster side just three points behind Saturday’s opponents but with a game in hand.

A goal from the leagues top scorer Luke Russell proved to be a consolation strike for Kilkeel as two goals from Danny Kerr and strikes from Michael Kerr and Jack Haycock sealed victory for Cookstown.

Elsewhere Belfast Harlequins condemned title holders Queen’s University to a fifth defeat in seven games as they won 4-3 at Deramore.

Philip Campbell gave the visitors the lead towards the end of the first quarter when he cut in from the right wing and lifted the ball over the goalkeeper before Cody Large made it 2-0.

A quickfire double from Michael Patterson fired Quins level before Cameron Ruttle’s brilliant reverse strike gave the hosts the lead for the first time.

The reigning Champions did draw level once more, however, another strike from Ruttle restored the hosts lead and completed their impressive comeback.

Bangor continued their up-turn in form as they beat Raphoe to make it three wins in a row.

Two goals each from Nathan Belshaw and Ryan Burgess sealed the victory for the County Down team as they inflicted Raphoe’s fifth defeat of the campaign.

The win now sees them climb to fifth in the table with a game in hand on each of the teams around them.

Second-placed South Antrim closed the gap to Kilkeel as they beat Portadown 4-0 in Lisburn.

Jordan Robinson scored his eighth goal of the season whilst Peter Milligan, Max Taylor and Ryan west all also found the target.

The result closes the gap to top spot to just two points, however, they have played a game more than their title rivals.

The final game of the weekend saw North Down beat NICS on Friday night.

Goals from Conor Tweedie, Gareth Bailie and Josh Gilmore rounded off a 3-0 win for the home side which keeps them seventh in the table.

Meanwhile, NICS stay ninth, two points ahead of bottom of the table Raphoe.

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