Nikki nicks equaliser as ‘Money earn away point

Julie Nelson, Ballymoney
Julie Nelson, Ballymoney

Ballymoney travelled to Mossley for a 4pm match against old rivals Randalstown on Saturday.

Randalstown had an early shot on goal after a break with goalkeeper Jodie Shannon dealing well with the danger. A few minutes later, Ballymoney had their first chance of the game when Nikki Parke broke into the circle but had her shot saved by an in-form Randalstown goalkeeper.

Randalstown won their first short corner of the game in the 9th minute and managed to deflect the ball into the goal from straight strike to lead the game 1-0.

‘Money weren’t deterred by this setback and continued to pile the pressure on ‘Town, with good efforts on goal by Diane McNeill, Emma Kernoghan and Suzannah Brown. Ballymoney’s first short corner came just before half-time but was cleared off the line by the ‘Town defence.

The second half started off well with Ballymoney continuing to attack the Randalstown defence with another short corner being well dealt with by them. As ‘Money continued to pile on the pressure in search of the equalising goal, Randalstown posed a threat on the counter attack but the Ballymoney defence of Aine Kearney, Julie Nelson, Katie Steele and Tori Hastings dealt well with this.

Good attacking play by Catherine Knipe, Nikki Cairns, Bridget Cleland and Nikki Parke forced a number of short corners for ‘Money but they were unable to convert these. As the clock ticked down, Randalstown won another short corner but this was well cleared by ‘Money.

‘Money continued to show great fight and character and were rewarded in the 65th minute when Nikki Parke intercepted a Randalstown hit out to round the goalkeeper and put the ball in the net to make the score 1-1.

The last five minutes were quite frantic with both sides looking threatening but the game finished 1-1 with ‘Money disappointed not to win but also pleased to collect another Premier League point.

BALLYMONEY III 0 ARDS III 0

Ballymoney played their second match of 2015 against Ards on Saturday.

Ballymoney dominated in the first half with great work on the right wing by Ellen Alexander and Kirsten McLaughlin. The defensive line of Emma Creelman, Maria Doherty and Judith McCraken held strong and after winning a penalty corner and Maria took a great strike unlucky not to score.

Ballymoney continued as they left off but Ards were keeping the ‘Toon on their toes but the defence held strong. Ballymoney were close on a number of occasions with interlinking play between Lauren Henry, Aimee McCaw and Sarah Reilly but were unfortunate not to get a break through ending the match with a scoreless draw.

FIXTURES FOR WEEK

Ballymoney v Elks (2.30pm)

ards v Ballymoney II (4pm)

B’money III v C’stown (Fri)