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Spoils shared in Cup clash at Academy

Shaun Oneill

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Shaun Oneill

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sport@ballymenaguardian.co.uk

Ballymena 1XI ......................... 2

Mossley 1XI ..............................2

On Saturday afternoon Ballymena Ladies 1st XI faced Mossley Ladies 1st XI, in the group stages of the Cup - a highly anticipated match at Ballymena Academy.

Both teams fought well within the first half with Mossley dominating play with multiple penalty corners and chances but the Ballymena defence defended well with Catherine Crowe making some fantastic tackles to fend off the Mossley attack.

Towards the end of the first half Aimee Logan found the ball in the circle and delivered a perfect ball across goal narrowly missing Ballymena attackers.

The first half ended 0-0 with neither teams scoring despite some great chances. Coming into the second half, both teams were ready for an inevitable battle as both teams determined to win.

Ballymena started the second half with fast pace which saw Beth McFerran breaking down the line delivering a pass to Clare Gillespie who played it back to win a short corner - unfortunate not to score. Mossley then found themselves winning a short corner in Ballymena’s circle where they took the lead with a drag flick.

Ballymena came back fighting and won the ball back high up the pitch to win a short corner this time Clare Gillespie found the back of the net to equalise with a powerful strike from the top of the circle.

With great support from the crowd and momentum Ballymena kept pressing high on Mossley’s defence. Emma Gillespie won the ball back in the middle of the pitch who found Clare Gillespie on the right hand side who delivered a quick ball into the circle to find Kirsten Young who sweeped the ball first time past Mossley’s keeper.

Mossley game back fighting, starting play quickly. Grace McBurney controlling play at the back helped keep Mossley out of Ballymena’s circle minimising their chances.

However another Mossley penalty corner found the back of the net to equalise shortly before the final whistle.

A great high intensity end to end game found the score line finish 2-2.

With some great hockey displayed by both teams.

Team List - Joanne Logan, Grace McBurney, Catherine Crowe, Grace McCready, Ashleigh Harbinson, Emma Gillespie, Beth McFerran, Emily Anderson, Rebecca McCluggage, Emma Clarke, Clare Gillespie, Kirsten Young, Stephanie Smith, Aimee Logan, Lyndsey McClintock & Natalie Sye

Ballymena 2XI ......................... 2

Lurgan 3XI................................ 0

Ballymena attacked from the beginning of the match with a great work rate from the defenders up to the forwards.

Jessica Duncan converted early in the first half putting Ballymena 1 ahead. Ballymena continued the pressure throughout, leading to a second goal from Emma Johnston.

In the second half Lurgan came out strong, however, the hard defensive work from Ballymena and great saves from Samara prevented any goals.

Team- Samara Nicholl, Grace Redmond, Hollie Dickey, Katie Alexander, Zoe Dickson, Jessica Duncan, Jenny Sutherland, Emma Johnston, Laura Logan, Aimee Logan, Stephanie Penny, Lynsey McClintock, Emma Gawley

Ballymena 3XI ..........................0

Lisnagarvey ..............................1

Ballymena began the match at a good pace and by putting Lisnagarvey under some early pressure were unlucky not to score.

Ballymena played mostly up the right putting good balls into the circle but the keeper remained unbeaten.

The opposition scored against the run of play when they broke away down the left and had a shot at the edge of the circle.

Unfortunately it was deflected over the Ballymena keepers reach into the net.

The second half began the same as the first with Ballymena winning some penalty corners.

The ball still wouldn't find the back of the net with the Lisnagarvey defence holding strong.

The game ended with Lisnagarvey on the push for a second but Ballymena were determined to stay strong. Ballymena played really well and can were unlucky to come away with no points.

Team - Susanne Morrison, Lorna Murphy, Sarah Gage, Chloe Robinson, Shauna Langley, Alexis Kidd, Sarah Goodrich, Katie Connaughty, Gillian White, Zoe Dicky, Courtney Henry, Shania Murphy, Katie Alexander, Ella Calderwood.

Men’s Hockey

Ballymena Mens 2nd XI ............6

Bangor Men’s 5th XI ..................1

On Saturday Ballymena hosted Bangor at the Academy pitches.

Ballymena took an early lead as Ken Murphy latched onto an open ball inside the left-side of the circle to fire it into the roof of the net.

A second goal was added five minutes later by Jack Hutchinson who caught a loose ball in the circle to hammer it it into the back of the net.

And the goals didn’t stop there, in the 30th, in the 30th minute, Andrew Bell picked up the ball on the reverse stick to hammer in his first goal of the new league season.

A fourth goal was scored just before half-time by Mark Allison who rifled in another reverse strike.

The second half saw Ken Murphy score his second goal of the game which added to his birthday celebrations.

Bangor came back determined and they got a consolation from a well-worked goal to bring the game to 5-1.

But to seal the win, Paul Beattie, who was playing his first game after coming back from injury, hammered home Ballymena’s sixth goal.

Final score: Ballymena 6 Bangor 1

Fifth in Junior 5

This result sees Ballymena with 3 wins and 3 losses this season which leaves them currently in 5th spot in Junior 5.

The Men’s 2nd XI would like to thank Trevor Topping for helping to umpire the match.

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