BALLYMONEY stayed in touch with the Championship Two league leaders with this home succes.
Although Ballymoney started brightly they found themselves a goal behind after 8 minutes, Corr who was a handful all game taking advantage of non existing marking in the home defence to turn in a Donnan free kick.
The last quarter of an hour of the first half saw a flurry of chances as firstly McCaughan blasted over a M Gillan centre, Gillan himself then struck a free kick wide of the target. McCaughan then shot wide after creating a good chance for himself and Gerald Gillan had a decent effort deflected for a corner.
Ballymoney could have been made to pay for these misses when Corr latched onto a quickly taken free kick producing a fine save from Moore but it was 1-0 to the visitors at half time.
The second half began as the first ended with M Gillan pulling a chance just wide before combining with O’Kane and Larkin to create a chance which Sport and Leisure only half cleared with the ball breaking to McGarry whose shot was saved.
McGarry then was quick thinking at a free kick on the edge of the box but unfortunately he shot weakly straight at the ‘keeper. Ballymoney finally got on the scoresheet after 14 second half minutes when one of McFerran’s runs ended with an excellent back post cross which was volleyed home by Mc Caughan.
The home side went in front when a Larkin run and cross was well finished by M Gillan. Larkin rounded the keeper only to see the ball rebound off the post back into the ‘keeper’s arms.
As the game went into its last 10 minutes Ballymoney took control again, Higgins who had just come on intercepted a back pass but shot over, Larkin headed a M Gillan cross wide, then on 40 minutes the goal finally came, Higgins meeting a Larkin cross to make it 3-1.
This gave Ballymoney the chance to give a senior debut to up and coming full back Daniel Wallace. Sport and Leisure didn’t give up and had a couple of half chances at the death but Ballymoney were worthy winners and look forward to the visit of killymoon in a fortnight’s time.
On a sourer note, Conleth Mc Caughern sustained an arm injury which will keep him out for a few weeks. The club wish him and Francis McKenna who dislocated his shoulder last week a full and speedy recovery.
BALLYMONEY: MOORE, MCFERRAN, MCGARRY, OG BOYLE, MCCLELLAND, DOOEY, MCCAUGHAN, O’KANE, G GILLAN, LARKIN, M GILLAN. SUBS: MC AULEY, HIGGINS, WALLACE.
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