Ballymoney United Youth Academy defeat Maiden City in 4-3 win

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BUYA U11’s v Maiden City NIBFA Cup Won 4-3 (McKeeman-Craig2,Christie & Milliken)

The U11’s returned to action this week after a long winter break, against Maiden City in the 1st round of the NIBFA cup. the boys took to the field in terrible weather conditions but started the game well and looked the most likely to open the scoring. Seven minutes into the game Joel Christie won a free-kick , he fired it goalward only for the City goalkeeper to stretch and parry it into the path of the alert Jacob Craig who hammered it into the roof of the net. Money piled on the pressure playing some excellent passing football despite the adverse weather and it wasn’t long before it was 2-0 when Christie delivered yet another inch perfect cross into the box which Cameron Milliken controlled and drilled past the Maiden city keeper. Money added a third with some super pass and move style play between Adam McComb, Cameron Milliken and Joel Christie which culminated with Christie driving a low ball from the by line into the danger area which Milliken coolly slotted into goal for his second. After a string of excellent saves from Ballymoney’s debutante 2003 keeper Eoin McFerran City managed to squeeze their first into the Ballymoney man’s net before halftime.

In the second half a rejuvenated City team who had nothing to lose came out fighting and were starting to look like the team that Money expected. City scored a second to take the game to 3-2. The lads dug deep and battled through the rough conditions to hold onto their lead with some well timed tackles from Padraig Kelly and Scott Gardiner. When Jacob Craig bagged his second with a terrific strike from 20yrds it looked like Money were home and hosed but City had other ideas and scored a third with only 5 minutes to go leaving a nervy end to the game. The lads deservedly saw the game out and progress into the 2nd round.Man of Match: Eoin McFerran

* BUYA U12’s v Portadown

NIBFA Cup Lost 7-3 (Curry Knight & Doherty)

Another tough day for the young Ballymoney boys,they found themselves four nil down at half time they did carve out a few good chances in the first half, but they just couldn’t put them away. The Portadown forward was physically stronger,quicker and clinical in front of goal, he was giving James and Chad a torrid time in defence.

Joseph Dallas, and  Michael Og Mc Keown,playing at left and right back,both played very well, and stuck to the task to the final whistle.

Second half the boys hit two quick goals,the first from Jude Currie and the second from Mathew Knight, Jude tucked his gaol away from a tight angle and probably knows he should of had a second goal when a carbon copy move put him through, only for his shot to hit the post.

The boys continued to battle and were rewarded a penalty when Mathew Knight was bundled over in the box, Conal Doherty stepped forward and confidently placed it high into the net. Conall had another great chance when put clear he went for the lob, but the keeper read it well and made a good save.

Second half the boys held their own, and matched Portadown some good performance’s in defence from Joseph Dallas and Michael Og Mc Keown,Conall Doherty battled hard all game.

The game was played in good spirit, and the Portadown parents and officials, had put on refreshments for everyone back at Shamrock Park which was very much appreciated.

Next Match: 1st Feb Dungannon Away noon.