United travelled to Ballywalter Rec on SaturdayÂ for a league fixture hoping toÂ extendÂ their unbeaten run to four matches.
The first half was dominated by United however they really created very little except for a header fromÂ Ian McMullan which went just over the crossbar. In the second half it was the home side who took up the running and but for a goal line clearance from Scott Brashaw and a couple of good saves from Brian McMullan they would have been behind. Gareth BinghamÂ had one of the best of the second half scoring opportunities when his shot was well saved by the Ballywalter keeper. Just as the game seemed destined to be a scoreless draw Stuarty McMullan skipped down the left wing on 87 minutes andÂ crossed to the back post and up stepped Craig Bowman to side foot the ball into the empty net.
These three points put United to the top of the Division 1B league table although they have played a few more games than their rivals.
This week they entertain Holywood at Millbridge.
The Swifts played their first home league game of the seasonÂ and fell to a defeat to a strong Colin Valley side who will surely challenge for honours this season.
The visitors went in front after ten minutes and for the remainder of the first half theÂ Swifts endeavoured to get back into the game creating numerous half chances but a goal would not come. Colin Valley increased their lead midway through the second half and a dubious penalty sealed the Swifts fate. Defensively Majury, Greene, DunlopÂ andÂ Craig McMullan performed well while Nelson worked hard in the centre of midfield with AlanÂ McMullanÂ and Darren Fitzsimmons working hard up front.
This week the Swifts travel to Groomsport in the league.
Davy Teggarty’s Albion got their first three pointsÂ on Saturday with a hard fought victory over a hard working Carryduff Athletic side.
Featuring up to seven teenagers in the line up the team started well and were ahead after three minutes when Matthew Murnin’s 40 yard shot dipped under the cross bar at the right moment to beat the keeper all ends up.
The visitors were level after 35 minutes however on 40 minutesÂ Greg Allison rounded the keeper to make it 2- 1.
The second half was very close however Jason Brennan put the Albion 3-1 up on 65 minutes when he back heeled the ball into the net.
Carryduff got back into the game in the 80th minute to make it 3-2 and thereafter Albion keeper Johnny McGreevyÂ was called on to make a few decent saves. Stuart WilcoxÂ had the ball in the net late on but it was ruled out for offside.
United entertained local rivals Saintfield United in this league game at Millbridge.
The two sides had met almost a month ago with United winning by a clear margin at Saintfield however in this reverse fixture things were not made so easy with the visitors in much more resilient mood.
Saintfield United’s excellent win last weekÂ against Division 1A side Barn United meant that they were coming off the back of a good result.
It was United who were in the ascendency in the early stages of this game scoring in the 25th minute through Ross Hayes and also hitting both the cross bar and post. Stuart McMullan had a goal ruled out for offside however few in the ground agreed with the referees decision.
In the second half Saintfield were a far better proposition and restrictedÂ United’s scoring opportunities to a couple of long range efforts.
United’s inability to get a second goal which would likely have killed the game came back to haunt them when with ten minutes to go Ross Hayes had the misfortune of tunring the ball into his own net for Saintfeild’s equaliser.
United will have been disappointed that they did not play better and would have hoped to have taken all three points particularly at home howeverÂ they have managed to remain unbeaten for aÂ number of weeks and will hope to take this good fortune into their next matchÂ away to Ballywalter Recreation.
The SwiftsÂ traveledÂ away for the second match in a row, however their performance was much better than the previous weeks as they rattled in six against Kilroot Rec’s second eleven with goals from Darren Fitzsimmons  Alan Massey  and Aaron McCaffrey.
This week the Swifts entertain Colin Valley 2nds in a league fixture at The Millbridge.