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Cleland inspires improving Ballymoney to victory

Thursday, 7 September 2017

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BALLYMONEY'S 1st XV travelled to Lisburn for the second league game of the season and secured a bonus point in an entertaining 41-19 victory.
Nigel Nevin, Adam Pollock and Michael Armstrong replaced Thomas Hunter, Chris Hughes and Daniel Ramage who were unavailable because of work.
Although there was a slight breeze the weather was perfect for running rugby and the pitch was in good condition. Ballymoney knew they needed to start the game well and, right from the kick-off, they put Lisburn under immediate pressure.
David McKeeman continued on from his excellent performances of late as he rose in the lineout to steal the Lisburn ball. A kick-through from outhalf Young was chased by full-back Cleland whose hard work paid off as he bundled the Lisburn full-back over the try line for a five metre scrum.
The pack showed their intent and were awarded a penalty from the scrum and with the advantage, moved the ball to the wing. Watson was stopped just short but a quick ruck saw the ball moved to the barraging Irvine who burst through the defence to score the opening try.
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