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BUYA U9’s Athletic v Ballycastle

Won 6-1 (McCaughan 3, Wright, E Reid, Scott Reid).

Athletic gave four debuts in this game, Leo McBride in goal, Scott Reid, Emily Reid and Lucy Kirgan.

Despite having a lot of possession they went one down midway through the first half. Parity was restored when the impressive McCaughan scored on 15 mins and Wright put his team in the lead just on half time.

If the first half was a scrappy affair, the same couldn’t be said about the second when after 27 mins McCaughan doubled the lead. This gave the whole squad the confidence to shine. Ebyn-Maguire and Robinson remained solid at the back and when they were breached, Mc Bride saved everything that Ballycastle offered. Kirgan and McCaughan dominated the midfield and the Reids and Wright showed some good touches up front.

It was Scott Reid who got the fourth on 36 mins and was closely followed onto the score sheet by McCaughan for a well deserved hat-trick. Not to be outdone by her brother, Emily Reid finished the scoring with a minute to go.

This was a good strong all round performance and with this week’s newcomers performing well it bodes well for the rest of the season.

Man of Match: Noah McCaughan

BUYA U10’s v Ballymena Utd

Won 6-2 (Dallat 3, Christie 1, Craig)

Going on previous results this encounter was going to be a closely contested match.

Ballymoney were encouraged to get on the front foot from the first whistle and did just that when Aaron Dallat got on the end of a Cameron Milliken through ball to get ‘Money’ onto the scoreboard in the first minute.

This was closely followed by a second when Joel Christie beat the Ballymena keeper from close range. Although Money’s attacking play was terrific mainly through the work rate of Adam McComb, the defence hadn’t really settled into the game yet and Ballymena soon got on the score sheet taking the score to 2-1.

The open nature of this game continued when Christie claimed his second of the match with a fiercely struck shot which sailed into the top corner. Jacob Craig added a fourth finishing into the roof of the net from a corner kick leaving the score 4-1 at half time.

The second half saw Money concede another soft goal and this seemed to spur on the defence who until this point were living dangerously with Ballymena creating plenty of goal scoring opportunities. McComb, who was really up for this match, continued to make forceful runs down the right while tirelessly tracking back to help out in defence helped Dallat to bag his second after he got on the end of a McComb cross to finish expertly with his left foot.

Scott Gardiner and Jacob Craig were now sitting much tighter in defence and, with the help of tough tackling Matthew McNeill, Ballymena chances were minimal and with Thomas McNabb in nets who once again pulled off some terrific saves, the rearguard was looking more solid.

Dallat claimed his first hat-trick of the season after Christie rounded two players and found Dallat who was in the perfect position to complete his hat-trick and moneys scoring. If this team can combine their undoubted  attacking threat with a solid defensive display they should be a handful for any team in this premier division.

Man of Match: Adam McComb

BUYA U10’s Athletic v Carniny

Draw 2-2 (Bolton, Darragh)

Ballymoney started the game well but this was going to be a tight game with both teams looking to attack at every chance.

Carniny were first to score, Ruairi O’Boyle had no chance as a deflection wrong footed the Toon keeper. Cathal Darragh was on and he was starting to make things happen, Jude Bolton got the ball on the left wing and he unleashed a great strike, what a goal to bring the Toon level 1-1.

Ballymoney were now playing some good football and Matthew Drain was in the team this week, he was having a great game and it was his pass that put Darragh through with a one on one with the keeper which he slotted into the bottom corner. 2-1. Matthew McNeill was working hard in midfield trying to get a third before the break but the Carniny keeper made some good saves with half-time approaching.

The second half was much the same as the first, Conall McGothigan and Padraig Kelly were working hard to keep the Toon in front with the Ballymoney keeper also doing his part making several great saves.

Declan Convery and Mark Faulkner were on, adding more energy to the team. Finn McLaughlin put Faulkner through but this shot was blocked on the line. The Toon were pressing hard but got caught on the break, another fine save by O’Boyle but Carniny were first to the loose ball 2-2.

Joshua Morrison went close in the last few minutes of the game but there was no way through. In the last attack of the game Carniny went on the attack, what an amazing save from O’Boyle to keeping the game at 2-2. A draw was a fair result for both teams playing their part in a great game of attacking football.

Man of Match: Jude Bolton, Matthew Drain

BUYA U11’s v Glentoran

Lost 6-1 ( Doherty)

This time last week, the boys were in buoyant mood, with new training gear, kit bags and a full strength squad, they were looking forward to taking on Glentoran only for a late cancellation.

This week, and the same fixture, the boys had lost three players, due to illness and holidays. The boys set about the task in their usual fashion, pressing, and trying to release Conal at every opportunity. There wasn’t much to choose between the teams, when Ali spilled the ball but reacted, to claw it from going over the line, only for the referee to cave into pressure from the home team and give a goal.

Ballymoney stuck to their task and when Conal connected with a bouncing ball it was only going one place, high into the net to make it 1-1. Before the half finished both teams came close, with Conal whipping in a free kick and Mathew just failing to get a touch. Glentoran had a series of corners, from which they hit the wood work. Half time score 1-1.
With the start of the second half Ballymoney were on the back foot. When they did settle and released Conal down the right, he was fouled, only for the referee to wave play on. Glentoran went on to score from this passage of play, this really unsettled Ballymoney and it wasn’t long before Glentoran took full advantage, and added a further three goals.

As a contest the match was over but the boys regrouped and put in a great battling final ten minutes, with Mathew Knight and Colm Darragh both coming close.

Man of Match: Conal Doherty

BUYA U13’s v Coleraine

Won 5-2 ( McMaster 2, Douglas 2)

Another strong result for the under 13s after an enjoyable game against Coleraine.

Ballymoney started strong with a goal from Luis McMaster in the first minute and never looked back as we scored 4 in the first 25 minutes through Luis again and Scott Douglas.  Some heroic defending including a goal line clearance and a super save from Adam kept Coleraine out at the other end but they eventually scored on the stroke of half time to make it 4- 1.
Ballymoney enjoyed the majority of the possession in the second half but couldn’t find an end product. The only Ballymoney goal in this half came from Scott again when he chipped the ball in after 49 minutes. Coleraine scored again late on to make the result 5 - 2.  

Man of Match: Luis McMaster, Scott Douglas.

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