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Ballymoney progress in Junior Cup

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Ballymoney progress in Junior Cup thumbnailBallymoney captain John McFetridge crosses the try line to extend his side’s advantage in the Junior Cup game against Academy.

BALLYMONEY'S First XV took a break from league action to play Academy in the first round of the Junior Cup on Saturday, with their passage secured in a 41 point victory.
The previous weekend's bonus point win came at a cost as Ballymoney picked up injuries to Matthew Blair and Adam Pollock while Nathanial Steele was also unavailable. However, Thomas Hunter returned to the team and started in centre, Daniel Ramage started in the back row having been unavailable recently due to work commitments, while Ian Moxen, having shaken off an injury sustained in a pre-season friendly, made his first competitive start of the season at loose head.
Academy were familiar opposition to Ballymoney as the two teams had met in the first league game of the season at the end of August with Ballymoney edging a close encounter 11-9. The home team knew they had to start better in the Junior Cup than they did in the league game - and that they did.
From the kick-off Ballymoney went on the offensive moving the ball well between forwards and backs. Strong runs from McFetridge, Ramage and Allan were complemented in the backs with breaks by Irwin and Hunter. The phases and pressure led to an overlap on the far right touchline where Young crashed over for the opening try. The conversion was wide but Ballymoney had a 5-0 lead in the first five minutes.
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