Ballymoney’s Second XI and Dalriada

LEAN GAME. Ballymoney 3rd player, Erin Ramsey in action during her sides' 1-0 win over Banbridge on Saturday.INBM41-15 028SC.
LEAN GAME. Ballymoney 3rd player, Erin Ramsey in action during her sides' 1-0 win over Banbridge on Saturday.INBM41-15 028SC.

On Saturday Ballymoney’s Second XI fell to their heaviest defeat of the season, losing 8-1 to a strong experienced North Down team.

Ballymoney never got out of their own half for the majority of the first half. North Down was far too strong for the inexperienced youthful Ballymoney side. They were 5 - 0 down going into half time.

An encouraging and supportive talk from Diane Kirgan at half time lifted the girls for a brief spell, unfortunately things went from bad to worse as Aimee McCaw and Sarah Jamison had to leave the pitch for a period of time leaving Ballymoney with nine players.

North Down used this to their advantage slotting home three more goals in quick succession.

However the commitment and passion the young inexperienced team showed cannot be faulted as they ran their legs off. They got a consolation goal through Lauren Henry leaving the score 8-1 at the final whistle.

Fixtures for Saturday: 1st XI Home VS Harlequins 2:30pm, 2nd XI Away VS Harlequins, 3rd XI Away VS Annadale.

DALRIADA

Dalriada 1st XI played Omagh at the Joey Dunlop Centre. The final score was 0-0, despite a number of shots at goal for both sides. Dalriada started strong, with the majority of the possession. With great skills from Olivia Mullan and Sara Jamison, Dalriada won their first short corner. Omagh’s defence was strong and they had a few breaks for the goal. Excellent tackles from Tara McConaghie and Mylenka Rygielska prevented Omagh from scoring.

After half time, both teams had shots on goal, but with great saves from both keepers the score was still 0-0. Great play from Rebekah Kennedy, Rachael Kennedy and Elle Kirgin gave Dalriada numerous chances. As the final

whistle blew Omagh won a short corner but Dalriada’s defence were able to prevent them scoring leaving the final score 0-0.

Dalriada 2XI played against Omagh at home. It was an unfortunate start to the season with a 1-0 loss but the girls played fantastically as a new team. Great play from senior members Lucy Buick and Emma Glenn along the back made for a great game.

Dalriada’s U14’s played Omagh who won 8-0. Anna-Jane Murphy the star goalie for Dalriada played excellently and saved some amazing shots but Omagh were strong in attack and shot some good goals. The U13 had an encouraging start to the season against Omagh Academy. Omagh quickly established themselves in the game and rushed into a three goal lead. After a quick regroup and great leadership by captain Holly Barr, the back row were able to put the pressure onto Omagh. Unfortunately the girls couldn’t convert their chances this time with the score ending 3-0, but can take a lot of positives from their performance.