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Scoreless draw for Ladies

Shaun Oneill

Reporter:

Shaun Oneill

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sport@ballymenaguardian.co.uk

Ballymena 1XI ..................0

Randalstown 1XI ..............0

BALLYMENA Ladies 1st XI started well attacking the Randalstown defence and putting on the pressure.

After 10 minutes Ballymena put the pressure on in the Randalstown circle an incident occurred and controversially both players shown the red card.

After this the local derby was negatively affected as both teams were down to 10 players.

Ballymena would like to wish their fellow team mate a speedy recovery from concussion obtained during the match.

Team - Joanne Davis (GK), Grace McBurney, Emma Gillespie, Grace McCready, Ashleigh Harbinson, Beth McFerran, Emily Anderson, Stephanie Smith, Clare Gillespie (C), Rebekah Reynolds, Kirsten Young, Aimee Logan, Alex McLeister, Natalie Sye, Emily Morrison

Ballymena 2XI ..................3

North Down 2XI .................0

Ballymena 2 XI welcomed North Down 3 XI to Ballymena Academy.

Ballymena were looking for their first win of the season.

They started off strong with short precise attacking play and broke the deadlock with a creative variation when the ball was slipped left to Jess Duncan where she kept her cool to place the ball in the back of the net.

Ballymena continued to be well organised defensively where they thwarted any threat that North Down created.

The homeside continued on the attack and after a goal mouth scramble a North Down foot stopped the ball on the line and a penalty stroke was awarded.

Jess Duncan coolly stepped up to smash the ball against the back board to make it 2-0.

Ballymena were hungry to increase the scoreline and continued to put pressure on the North Down defence.

Rachael Whyte slotted the ball in the goal to make the scoreline 3-0.

Team: Samara Nicholl, Katie Alexander, Hollie Dickey, Grace Redmond, Ruth Walker, Nicola Greer, Jenny Sutherland, Jess Duncan, Lyndsey McClintock, Laura Logan, Rachael Whyte, Emma Johnston, Zoe Dickson and Aimee Logan.

* Ballymena 3XI had no game.

Men’s Hockey

Ballymena 1st XI.............. 5

Armagh 1st XI ................. 0

Ballymena welcomed Armagh to the Academy in their first match of the Linden Cup.

In a recent league fixture Ballymena had taken all 3 points against Armagh. However, the home side knew nothing was to be taken for granted against a dangerous counter attacking team.

The match started with Ballymena having the bulk of possession with Armagh unable to get the ball out of their half.

It was from a well worked move the first goal came with some great work by Alex Mckeown slipping the ball to Glenn Whitten, 1-0.

The second came not soon after, with Michael Conway providing a low and hard finish from the top of the ‘D’.

Armagh threatened the Ballymena goal close to half time but an excellent save by Kris McConaghie kept the men in green on top of the match.

The second half started much like the first with Ballymena controlling the game with quick passing.

Tory Alexander, Glenn Whitten and Alex Mckeown providing the main threats.

An excellent passing move was rounded off by Andrew Lorimer for Ballymena's third.

Ballymena's fourth quickly followed with Whittens smart strike leaving the visiting side with an uphill struggle.

A dominant Ballymena performance was rounded off with minutes to go when Whitten found the net for a third time, netting a hat-trick for the second week in a row.

There will be tougher tests in the coming weeks against better teams but all in all it was a competent and clinical performance, with coach Reilly please with the 5-0 scoreline.

Thanks to D Lorimer for umpiring.

Man of the match: Glenn Whitten.

Team: K McConaghie, A Bell, R Jess, R McNabb, A Murphy, E Archer, M Conway, A Reilly, C Fulton, A Mckeown, G Whitten, A Lorimer, T Alexander, M O'Neill.

Junior 5 League

NICS 4th XI .....................2

Ballymena 2nd XI.......... 5

On Saturday Ballymena Men’s 2nd XI made the trip to Stormont, Belfast to play their first away league game of the season.

Two quick goals from the evergreen Nichol, the first from open play, the second from the penalty spot set Ballymena on their way.

With a stride in their step, Ballymena pushed on for another goal before the end of the half, but Civil Service gave them a scare when they captilised on some slack marking at the back to bring the score to 2-1.

The first half finished with a contender for goal of the season, with Philip Montgomery carrying the ball into the circle and rifling home an outrageous reverse stick strike.

As the second half got under way, it was evident NICS were up for the challenge. Piling on the pressure they restored the deficit to just one goal, 3-2.

Again, the men in green responded through veteran Phil Nichol who found the back of the net for his hat-trick and Ballymena's fourth.

Captain Tim Cole then put the game beyond doubt, adding Ballymena's fifth with a smart lobb over the home keeper, 5-2.

The team would like to thank Mark Monteith for helping to umpire the game.

Team Lineup: Matthew Orr, Timothy Cole (C), David McDowell, David Bradley, Philip Moody, Philip Montgomery, Jack Gibson, Sam Glass, Mark Allison, Philip Nicholl, Ken Murphy, Aaron Murphy, William Snowden, Stephen Gordon

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