Smyth rolling back the years at 58!

Alan Smyth.
Alan Smyth.

Alan Smyth was back between the Bourneview posts on Saturday - at the age of 58 years young.

The former Irish League goalkeeper and Bourneview stalwart stepped in to solve a goalkeeper shortage with the Pepperton Park outfit.

A past pupil of Smyth’s at Brownlow Integrated College - Steven Turner - scored three goals in Lurgan Town’s 3-1 victory but the Mill number one relished the return to Mid-Ulster action.

“I turn 59 next week but was happy to help out,” said Smyth. “I last played for Bourneview firsts in the late 1990s but was quite surprised I didn’t feel it more on Sunday morning.

“I play in a charity match each year organised by Gary’s Bar and the target is to take part in that game at 60.

“I bumped into Robbie Anderson on Friday night and he asked me to help out the reserves.

“I don’t get along to Bourneview games as much as in the past because of family commitments watching Portadown Youth.

“However, even when I was playing in the Irish League I would go back after games.

“I started out playing for Bourneview and ended up back with the club after the Irish League so was glad to help last weekend.”

Eamon Liggett’s double and a Ryan McVeigh finish helped St Mary’s defeat Craigavon City by 3-1.

Niall Fleming was the Tandragee Rovers scorer in a 1-1 draw with Lower Maze.

Laurelvale and Richhill shared the spoils - with Lee Riddell the hosts’ scorer and Chris Ross netting an equaliser.

Portadown BBOB finished level with Lurgan Institute thanks to Jamie Taylor and Renalldas Steponaitos.

Goals from Tony Keegan, Damien Lawless and Darragh Grimley left Ballyoran flying high with a 3-1 defeat of Silverwood United.

A Dean Geddis double set Rectory Rangers towards victory over Damolly by 5-3 - with Stevie Wright, Mark Richardson and Simon Kelly the other scorers.