Carrick Rangers beat H&W Welders in Steel and Sons final

Carrick Rangers won the Steel and Sons Cup at Seaview on Christmas morning
Carrick Rangers won the Steel and Sons Cup at Seaview on Christmas morning

Ten-man Carrick Rangers beat Harland and Wolff Welders 4-1 in the traditional Christmas morning Steel and Sons Cup final at Seaview.

Aaron Smyth vollyed home from inside the box on 17 minutes and Kyle Cherry nodded home from a Conor McCloskey cross six minutes before the break.

McCloskey fired into the right corner on 61, but Daniel Kelly received a second yellow card 15 minutes later.

Michael McLellan pulled one back but Ben Roy made it 4-1 late in the game.

After Smyth's opener, Gary Smyth's side came close to pulling one back but David Rainey hit the upright with a header and Daniel Kelly almost scored an own goal.

Cherry extended the advantage and McCloskey then cut inside the box, before finding the net with a soaring effort just after the hour mark.

Kelly was handed a second yellow for a foul on Rainey, then McLellan's volley from a Mark Magennis free-kick reduced the Welders' arrears.

Ben Roy robbed William Armstrong and ran unchallenged, before sliding past Michael Dougherty to complete a convincing victory for the East Antrim club.

The festive cup final action continued on Boxing Day, with Loughgall beating Annagh United 3-1 in the Bob Radcliffe Cup final at Lakeview Park.

Intermediate League side Ardstraw lost 1-0 Limavady United in the Craig Memorial Cup decider at Fortwillliam Park, Tobermore.

Ardstraw were contesting the final for the first time, but Championship Two outfit Limavady lifted the trophy for the seventh time.

Downpatrick play Ards Rangers in the Border Cup final at Seaview on Saturday 27 December, (14:30 GMT).

Carrick's Kyle Cherry in action against Craig Harris of H&W Welders
Craig Harris of H&W Welders in action against Carrick's Kyle Cherry during the Steel & Sons Cup final
Carrick Rangers players celebrate after going 3-0 up against H&W Welders
Carrick Rangers players celebrate after going 3-0 up against H&W Welders at Seaview

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