Glebe victorious in seven-goal derby thriller with Ballymoney

IT'S THERE. Despite superbly saving a spot-kick, United's stand-in keeper, Gareth McConaghie was unable to prevent Glebe from increasing their lead from the follow up during United's 4-3 defeat to their derby rivals on Saturday.INBM9-14 032SC.
IT'S THERE. Despite superbly saving a spot-kick, United's stand-in keeper, Gareth McConaghie was unable to prevent Glebe from increasing their lead from the follow up during United's 4-3 defeat to their derby rivals on Saturday.INBM9-14 032SC.

BALLYMONEY UNITED 3 GLEBE RANGERS 4

WHAT a match! United went down to ten men when ‘keeper Brian Moore was sent off and stand-in ‘keeper Garth McConaghie’s heroics were not enough to get his side something out of this rollercoaster of a game at the Riada Stadium.

Ballymoney started the game well and their good early pressure paid off with a goal through Conleth McCaughan.

Ballymoney continued to battle and were the superior team until a long ball up field by Glebe goalkeeper Brian Kane was helped through by the wind and Ian Christie flicked the ball over oncoming keeper Brian Moore to equalise to make the scores level with 20 minutes played.

Following a good spell of possession from the Glebe side a ball played through resulted in United goalkeeper Brian Moore bringing down the striker and receiving a red card,.

Up stepped Ballymoney defender Gareth McConaghie to be the stand in goal keeper and save the penalty only for the Glebe to react quicker to the rebound and net to make it 2-1.

Soon after the Glebe were through again and netted to make the score 3-1 at half time.

A bright start to the second half for Ballymoney resulted in a goal through Ger Gillan to make the score 3-2 only for the Glebe to break and following a superb save from McConaghie the Glebe made it 4-2.

With 20 minutes to go Ballymoney earned a free kick through Eoin Gillan and Paul Keane slotted the ball into the top corner and spurred on the rest of the team.

The last 20 minutes ran down and the game finished 4-3 to the Glebe.

* Ballymoney will play Bangor at home in the quarter-final of the Coca-Cola Intermediate Cup on Saturday March 8 (1.30pm).

* Glebe Rangers lost 2-1 away to Wakehurst in a midweek game, Peter Cairns’ first defeat since returning to the club.

* Glebe Rangers lotto numbers 3, 11, 17. No winners. Next week’s jackpot £675.

* Fixtures this Saturday March 1 are Glebe v Annagh United and PSNI v Ballymoney.

7’s League Comes To Ballymoney

Ballymoney Borough Council’s Sport Development Unit launched its latest soccer programme at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre.

The Ballymoney Soccer 7’s League is a community soccer initiative for young adults (boys/girls) 14-15yrs in the Borough. The project is the brainchild of John Fall (Ballymoney Sports Officer) and has attracted funding from Ballymoney Community Safety Partnership.

The league will be based at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre Astro-Turf starting on Friday 7th March 2014 and will run on a Friday night for 4 weeks, 6pm – 8.30pm. It is hoped to attract 8 teams to participate and that it will involve young teams from across the Ballymoney Borough.

The matches will be officiated by fully qualified referees. Each team consists of 9 players; with only 7 on the pitch at any one time, substitutions will be on a roll on roll off basis.

This new initiative is yet another example of the Sports Development Unit’s hard work and dedication to sport in the Borough.

“It has taken months of careful planning to get this project off the ground and I am confident it will prove to be a massive success when it begins in March. We are delighted that the unit has managed to secure significant funding from Ballymoney Community Safety Partnership to assist with the financial costs of such a programme,” commented John Fall, Sports Development Officer.

The main aim of the project is to tackle anti-social behaviour amongst teenagers by providing the participants with something exciting to do in the evening and thus reduce their opportunities of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour. After consultations between Ballymoney Community Safety Partnership and the local PSNI Neighbourhood Police Team it was apparent that anti-social behaviour takes place in the Ballymoney Borough and so this initiative is a positive response to help tackle this problem.

John Fall added: “The borough has initiatives already in place for children of primary school age but the 14-15years old age group needed to be addressed.

“After consulting with community representatives and the PSNI this age group was identified as that most likely to be involved in anti social behaviour, and a Friday night was the most likely night when this would occur.”