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Ballymena Ladies Seconds score six against Dromore!

Shaun Oneill

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Shaun Oneill

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Dromore 2XI ...........................................1

Ballymena 2XI ...................................... 6

BALLYMENA Ladies Seconds started strong with a goal from Stephanie Penney in the first few minutes.

Dromore managed to get a goal through the keeper’s legs - 1-1.

Strong play from Lynsey McClintock resulted in a penalty stoke which Jess Duncan placed calmly in the bottom corner.

Ballymena continued to put pressure on Dromore.

And Rachael Whyte soon made the score 3-1.

The Ballymena side continued to keep the pressure on, making the score at half time 4-1, with Penney scoring the fourth goal.

After half time, Dromore entered Ballymena’s circle a few times.

But strong defence from all the team enabled Ballymena to score twice more.

Laura Logan's placement at the post allowed her to make the score 5-1.

And a reverse shot from McClintock made the final score 6-1.

Thanks to Trevor for umpiring.

Ballymena 2XI - Samara Nicholl, Holly Dickey, Nicola Greer, Katie Alexander, Ruth Walker, Emma Johnston, Jenny Sutherland, Jess Duncan, Laura Logan, Lynsey McClintock, Stephanie Penny, Natalie Sye, Rachael Whyte

Owls 2XI ................................................. 2

Ballymena 3XI ........................................ 0

Ballymena started well wanting to add to their good run of wins.

However with only 11 players this was always going to be tough.

Both teams attacked mainly on Ballymena’s right with some good link up play occurring from both sides.

Owls appeared keener to win the ball resulting in a first half goal despite good defence from Ballymena.

The second half started with Ballymena determined to score.

And for the first 15 minutes of the half every effort was made to do just that.

But with no subs legs began to tire and Owls used their subs to take advantage of this resulting in them scoring a second goal.

Ballymena3 XI team - Rebecca Jones, Susanne Morrison, Emma Clarke, Zoe Dickey, Amy Watt, Joanne Davis, Lauren Brownlees, Chloe Robinson, Courtney Henry, Sarah Carroll, Lorna Murphy

* Ballymena 1XI game was postponed on Friday evening due to weather.

Men’s Hockey

Firsts win final pool game in Linden Cup

CIYMS 1X1 ...............................................1

Ballymena 1XI ........................................ 2

Ballymena travelled to CIYMS on Saturday for their final pool game of the Linden Cup.

Having claimed maximum points in all outings in the competition to date, the Braid men were keen to guarantee top spot with another three points.

The visitors started sharply and took the game to the home side in the opening minutes enjoying the majority of possession in the attacking third of the pitch.

However, it was CIYMS who went closest to opening the scoring when a quick counter gave them the opportunity for a reverse stick strike which whistled past the post.

From the restart a fantastic sprayed pass from sweeper Chris Hogg picked out a pacy run from Aaron Murphy on the right.

Murphy in turn fired the ball toward Andrew Lorimer who applied the slightest of touches to send the ball homeward.

The lead was soon doubled by the Braid men when from a quick free, Lorimer found the lively Tory Alexander.

She ghosted past his marker at the top right of the 'D' and rocketed the ball into the far bottom corner.

Ballymena went in at the half 2-0 to the good but knowing the game was far from won.

CIYMS came out for the second half and immediately set about controlling possession.

The home side shifted the ball around well from left to right in their own half but found little opening as they sought to move the ball forward with Ballymena holding a firm defensive structure.

This was to be the tale of the second half with Ballymena resolute in defence and indeed going on to win a number of short corners through counters of their own.

Ballymena took all 3 points in the 2-0 win and have taken a maximum 12 points from the group to progress to the semi-final.

Team: K McConaghie, A Bell, C Hogg, A Mckeown, R Jess, A Murphy, C Fulton, A Reilly, M Conway, G Whitten, P Montgomery, A Lorimer, T Alexander

Junior League 5

Portrush Mens 2s ....................................5

Ballymena Mens 2s ................................1

Last Wednesday Ballymena made the short trip to Rugby Avenue, Coleraine to take on Portrush 2nd XI in a re-scheduled League game.

The strength of the bench and home advantage prevailed for Portrush.

The first half was very evenly matched with both teams scrapping for possession and setting up opportunities in opposite thirds of the pitch.

The first goal went to the home team who scored after 10 minutes.

Ballymena responded with a goal from Matthew O’Neill who picked up the ball from the Ballymena attack and struck a short shot into the back netting in the 20th minute.

The second half saw Ballymena struggle to deal with the physical nature of Portrush and this led to the second goal for Portrush.

Despite the hard work of the defence and creativity and pace of the Ballymena midfield the team struggled to get the ball towards the final third of the Portrush half.

Portrush closed every Ballymena attack down by over-flooding the ball carrier which made it difficult for Ballymena players to make a string of passes.

The remainder of the second half saw Portrush add three more goals to the score line with two from open play and a successful penalty stroke.

Despite the score line Ballymena made it difficult for Portrush for the majority of the game and a lot of positives can be taken away.

Home to Saintfield

On Saturday Ballymena 2nd XI are at home to Saintfield 2nd XI.

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