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Debutant Bell secures bonus point win for Ballymoney

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Debutant Bell secures bonus point win for Ballymoney thumbnailAndrew Young scores Ballymoney’s opening try in Saturday’s league game against Strabane.

BALLYMONEY 1st XV continued their unbeaten start to the league season with a 20 point victory over Strabane at Kilraughts Road on Saturday.
A number of unforced errors took the gloss off an otherwise impressive performance, according to coaches James Clelland and Jonny Hanna.
However, they both praised their squad for coming from eight points down to run in a number of tries to make sure of another important win.
“Our defence allowed us to get onto of Strabane and give us time to get our attack functioning," they said. "As the game went on we showed our strength, and our structure allowed us to take control and we scored some good tries. There were good performance from a number of players, especially Watson, McFetridge, Blair and McKeaman. It was great to see Adam Pollock getting another good run out after signing for the club this year and Matthew Bell making the step up from Under 18 last year to not only earn a start but score a try on his debut," they added.
In good conditions Ballymoney were eager to get back on the pitch not having played in the previous two weeks and from the kick-off they looked the brighter team as Neal Mulholland chased and gathered from the kick-off. This was to be the story of the first half, with the home team forcing play too much and leading to some handling errors and the visitors gaining an advantage from the scrum. One penalty on the ten metre line was converted to give the visitors a three-nil lead.
Some storming runs from captain McFetrigde and centres Steele and Watson put Strabane under pressure but again either handling errors or slow reactions at the breakdown allowed Strabane to clear their lines.
One of those clearance kicks from their own half bounced wickedly inside the home team's half and made up another forty metres.
Fullback Nevin raced back to clear but good pressure from a few Strabane backs lead to a charge down and the first try of the game to the visitors. The conversion was missed but Strabane now led by eight points.

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