Brave Ballymoney narrowly lose to league neighbours

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Brave Ballymoney narrowly lose to league neighbours thumbnailNoel Smith looks for the offload as the Ballymoney pack closes in. GB4482D

BALLYMONEY Rugby Club's First team made the short trip to fellow Conference League side Ballymena on Saturday, with the latter running out narrow winners.
It was a changed team that faced the Braid men with Jordan Neely making his debut at hooker after impressive performances for the Under 20s and Second XV.
With a number of props unavailable hooker Kenny McAneaney moved from hooker to prop while in the back row Jordan Munnis returned from a month out with an injury to start at number eight in the absence of Daniel Ramage.
In the back line Matthew Bell was on the wing, Michael Armstrong took on fullback duties and Nathaniel Steele started at his familiar positon of outside centre.
Ballymena started with purpose and put together some good phases of play, moving the ball towards the Ballymoney line. Only some good tackling and handling errors for the home side prevented an early score.
From a line out on halfway Ballymoney started to attack and the ball was moved through the back line for Young to make a break.
Hard running from the forwards opened up a gap and a good off load sent second row Neal Mulholland in for the opening score.
Rory Strang added the conversion to give Ballymoney an early 0-7 lead.
Ten minutes in and Ballymoney centre Chris Watson was forced to retire with what ended up to be a broken thumb with Martin Irwin taking his place.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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