Ballymoney IV secure a winning league start in Armoy

Enda Casey lineout. INBM35-14 S
Enda Casey lineout. INBM35-14 S

ARMOY 7

BALLMONEY IV 38

Ballymoney IV travelled the short distance to Limepark to take on neighbours and derby rivals Armoy, in what was the first league match of the new season for both teams.

Conditions were dry with a moderate breeze blowing down the pitch, as Ballymoney won the toss and decided to play against the wind in the first half.

Ballymoney started stronger and their early pressure led to No 8 Ricky Millar running in their first try. The visiting team continued with the early procession and were soon rewarded 2nd try courtesy of another back row forward Stuart Mulholland. Armoy scored a try of their own just before the break to leave the half time score 7 – 12 in the visitors favour.

The second half again saw Ballymoney dominate procession. Armoy struggling to cope with the powerful centre pairing, of Brace and Richmond. Ballymoney went on to add 26 unanswered points to their tally in the second half, with tries from John Richmond, Ryan Brace and James Pollock. Jerome McAllister converting two tries, along with 3 penalties

After the game, team captain John Waide commented, “This was a good result for the fourths and and nice to get the season up and running with an away win. We had a number of guys not available today however the 18 players in the squad all performed very well.”

The fourths next league outing is not until the 27th September when they face Randelstown at home.