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Football: Roddy's marvels.

THEY see shooting stars at ARMAGH'S planetarium.

The local footballers also watched a sensational one in Londonderry. INSTITUTE'S Roddy McDowell bagged four goals against them in a breathtaking 16-minute burst in the first half.

Three teammates joined the rampage to give Armagh City a 7-0 lashing.

McDowell gasped: "Unbelievable. I hadn't even scored a hat-trick before." Roddy's scoring spree started in the 26th and 28th minutes.

He scorched to a hat-trick in 12 minutes with No 3 in the 36th minute then headed his fourth goal four minutes later.

Amazingly, the First Division debutants had run up three blank sheets and scored only once in their previous four games. "Misleading," McDowell argued. "We had been playing well but the chances were not going in.

"I'm just back after flu. The rest clearly did me good. I haven't been picked to start too many times this season. But I should be okay now for next week, shouldn't I? Or maybe the boss will be displeased I didn't score in the second half."

Ryan Semple, Ryan Coyle and Gareth Gibson joined him on the scoresheet to hand Armagh their heaviest hiding of the season.

"It's also revenge for us," McDowell pointed out. "They knocked us out of the Coca-Cola Cup earlier on our home patch."

LIMAVADY turned the heat on Ards in the chase for second place by winning 1-0 at CARRICK.

George Doherty's 17th goal this season in the 36th minute came nine minutes after Carrick's Kirk Hunter had been red-carded after arguing with the referee.

James Baird's first League goal in the 63rd minute brought DUNGANNON a 1-0 home win over LARNE.

BANGOR'S promotion hopes took an unexpected dent at Dixon Park against bottom-of-the-table BALLYCLARE. The Seasiders leaked two goals in the 60th and 63rd minutes to Eddie Hill and Keith Millar.

Dessie Gorman roused them to a storming finish with his 79th-minute headed goal . . . but Ballyclare held out to win 2-1.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Coates, Adam
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 26, 2000
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