Despite a mammoth effort from an exceptionally young and inexperienced squad, Ballymoney First XV were unable to avoid relegation from Kukri Qualifying One league, reports GILLIAN ANDERSON
Captain Chris Beveland watched the season develop from the touchline due to an ACL inury and noone was more diasspointed as they now face a season in Qualifying Two. “We did as much as possible to avoid relegation. We planned things and then you have the realisation you are getting relegated. W
“It was disappointing because we had managed to turn things around before Christmas with the performances and then the results started to come. Then it all turned back and we ran out of steam and it’s very difficult to build momentum and keep the confidence high when you’re not winning games..
“I think the season came a year too soon for our development programme. There’s only a handful of senior players in the side and its been difficult for them carrying the young inexperienced players. I have to say the young lads who came in this year have handled it fairly well and they will take us back up to Q1 again. We are looking to get straight back up. We’ve been in Q1 for eight years and generally we have been a top four side. This has come as a blow because generally teams dont go from being a top four or mid-table side to being relegated the following year.
Q2 is a very competitive and very different league. There are a lot of good sides with very little between them. We have to plan to bounce back up and we need to be pushing to get back to Q1.”