Doubles apiece from McCollum and Dallas help Ballymoney United Youth Academy defeat Maiden City

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley Junior joins the lads and officals of Ballymoney United Youth Academy at the Cullybackey Sports Hut. INBM 08-806H
North Antrim MP Ian Paisley Junior joins the lads and officals of Ballymoney United Youth Academy at the Cullybackey Sports Hut. INBM 08-806H


THIS was Ballymoney’s first match back after the winter break and they recorded a victory with goals from Dallas (2), two from McCollum and one from McLaughlin.

Ballymoney started the match with a high tempo and inside two minutes they were 1 up; goal scored by Dallas after a fine pass from McLaughlin.

A few minutes later it was two nil after Dallas crossed a great corner into the box and McLaughlin headed home. The third came soon after when Dallas scored from long range. The game was dominated by Ballymoney with Kelly working hard in midfield and Stinson pacing up and down the left flank. The second half saw Ballymoney score another two goals, both by McCollum, to make it 5-0. Maiden City had some good chances as well, but McMullan was in superb form between the sticks, with some top drawer saves. Maybin was his usual solid self at the back, not letting much get past him at the heart of defence. However, the boys seemed to switch off at 5 -0 up, and allowed Maiden City back in to the game. Maiden City scored 3 goals in quick succession, to make it a nervy finish. However, the ‘toon’ pulled it together to see the game out and take the win. Overall a very entertaining game from both sides.

BUYA U11’s vs Peacocks U12’s Won 3.0 (Morrison x2, Christie)

After an unusually long winter break from the Ballysally league the U11’s resumed their campaign against Bertie Peacocks U12’s. As one of the stronger teams in this section Ballymoney were prepared for a tough encounter. Ballymoney started the game on the defensive and were missing the usual bright start they had adopted in recent cup games. Ten minutes into the half Money showed what they are capable of and broke forward with pace when Cameron Milliken burst through from midfield and supplied Joshua Morrison with a slide rule pass which he converted accurately into the bottom corner. Peacocks who were the more offensive side were unable to create any clear cut chances largely due to Money’s defensive outfit in which Scott Gardiner at righthad a terrific game. 

The second half saw a more recognisable Ballymoney side emerge with the central midfield duo of Jacob Craig and Cameron Milliken working in tandem and moving the ball more rapidly between Joshua Morrison and Adam McComb on the flanks and Joel Christie up front. Milliken and Christie were combining well with Christie breaching the offside only to be denied by a superb diving save from the Peacocks keeper. Milliken once again turned provider lofting a super ball for Christie to run onto from the halfway line and this time made no mistake bagging Money’s second. Thomas McNabb who had relatively little to do pulled of a fantastic save in the last few minutes pushing the ball onto the post and managing to secure the loose ball while under pressure from the advancing Peacocks attacker.

McNabb’s quick thinking then set up Moneys third launching a high ball into the path of Morrison who controlled and finished in style.

BUYA U12 B 0-2 BUYA U11 B

Ballymoney B squad were playing Ballymoney Athletic but the game was delayed and the weather conditions were shocking.

With a few absentees Ballymoney Youth just about managed to get a team together. Matthew Kane came up from the Thursday night training and he played well for his first performance as keeper. Andy McKay is now back from 6 months of injury and played well up front and had a few good shots on target. The boys played well in the very blustery conditions.

HT Athletic 1 Ballymoney B’s 0.

The boys battled, pressurised and hassled, but unfortunately for them it just wasn’t enough. Cameron,Andy and Matthew all came close to scoring but the Athletic keeper was in great form and pulled off some great saves.

Ballymoney B’s had a brilliant ‘goal’ but the ref disallowed it due to a ‘high foot’.

It was end to end stuff with neither team giving much away. The Athletic’s handled the ball awarding Ballymoney B’s with a free kick. Callum ran up to the ball and tricked the opposition while Cormac ran up and struck the ball, but the Athletic defenders cleared it off the line.

Man of Match:Cameron Millar.

* BUYA U13’s v Causeway Colts. Won 2.0 (Munnis & Fleck)

Ballymoney took on league leaders Causeway at Balnamore on Saturday and started the game at a blistering pace putting them under pressure right from the off.  After 10 mins the pressure finally told when Callum Munnis gave the hosts the lead after some slick play down the right.  It was not long before it was 2 after another great move Jacob Fleck picked the ball up on the edge of the box beat 3 defenders an calmly slotted home.

Man of Match

Adam Beckett