Eight out of eight as Toon win in Hollywood

Thursday, 10 November 2016

ON Saturday, the JKC BMW sponsored Ballymoney First XV travelled to Holywood looking to bounce back from the previous week's last minute defeat in the cup to Lurgan.
With Calum McDonald unwell and Chris Watson unavailable, David McKeeman started at number seven and Aaron Brown at 13 with Andy Millar taking his place on the bench.
Ballymoney started strongly, a penalty awarded early doors after a turnover from McKeeman, and Young kicked to the corner.
From the resulting lineout, a strong break from Linton was off-loaded to the supporting McKeeman who was held up over the line.
From the resulting five metre scrum a huge drive over the line left number eight Nathanael McCollum with an easy try, converted by Andy Young.
From the restart, a loose pass was intercepted by Holywood who drove deep into the 'Toon' 22 where they knocked it on.
Unfortunately, from the resulting scrum, Ballymoney were turned over and Holywood drove over the line to score.
Conversion missed - Ballymoney 7, Holywood 5.
The remainder of the half was mostly played in midfield and good defence from both sides meant there were to be no more scores.
Ballymoney started the second half with a bit more urgency and soon were awarded a penalty. This came from good possession from the pack and Holywood were penalised for going off their feet at a ruck.
Captain McFetridge opted to go for posts and Young duly added the three points.
It was Young again who was next on the scoresheet when he spotted a hole in the home defence and slipped through a few tackles to run 30 yards and score below the posts, converting his own try.


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