BALLYMONEY U-17S 5 DALRIADA 2NDS 17
On Saturday 2 November, Ballymoney Under 17s, missing several important players due to unavailability and injury, fielded a weakened team in a friendly against Dalriada Seconds.
Two Under 15 players,Graham Donnelly and Johnny Storey, stepped up to the 17s to enable us to field a full team.
In wet conditions the lads underperformed and lost a game which they should have easily won.
However Dalriada were able to control the game in all phases of play and showed superior tactical skills resulting in a 17-5 lead at halftime.
The scorer of the try for the Under 17s during this period of play was Aaron Brown.
The second half was played in the Dalriada half of the pitch as the Under 17s put pressure on their opponents but were denied a try when Matthew Johnston scored, only for the referee to declare the ball held up.
Another Under 15 player, Stevie Culbertson, replaced fullback Johnny Storey who was injured in the second half.
The game ended with the final score 17-5 to Dalriada.
Man of the Match for Ballymoney was Nathanial McCollum who once again displayed his tenacity and determination at all times during the game.
Praise must be given to the lads from the Under 15s who all had excellent games and are a credit to their team.
The Under 17s play Instonians Seahorses at home next week and an improved performance will be expected against the Belfast side who will be determined to exact revenge for the heavy defeat a few weeks ago.