Ballymoney stretch unbeaten league run against Lurgan

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Ballymoney stretch unbeaten league run against Lurgan thumbnailBallymoney’s Gary Pattison skips the tackle as he charges out from defence in the victory over Lurgan at Kilraughts.

Ballymoney...............23 Lurgan.............9

BALLYMONEY 1st XV ran out comfortable winners against league rivals Lurgan at a sun-kissed Kilraughts Road on Saturday afternoon.
In perfect conditions, Ballymoney were looking to maintain their unbeaten league run and maintain the lead at the top of the table.
It was the home side that started the stronger and early inroads into the Lurgan half resulted in outhalf Andy Young converting two penalties to give the home side a six-nil lead. However, some ill-discipline let Lurgan back into the game as their full back struck over two long range penalties to draw level.
On twenty minutes Lurgan took the lead after Captain John McFertridge received a yellow card for a tip tackle which looked to be a harsh decision. Even though they were six points to nine behind, Ballymoney were still dominating the scrum and lineout.
McFetridge returned to the pitch and made an immediate impact, the forwards setting up the maul from the lineout before driving for the line. Peter Irvine touched down to score the opening try with the conversion going just wide. Despite this, Ballymoney had now regained the lead (11-9) and that is how the score remained until half time.



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