Penalties cost us dear - Hanna

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Penalties cost us dear - Hanna thumbnailBallymoney’s Martin Irwin powers over the try line in the Junior Cup Match against Armagh at Kilraughts. WK48KC74BMSP

BALLYMONEY XV narrowly missed out on a trip to Kingspan as Armagh Second XV were triumphant in the semi-final of the Millar Wylie McCall Junior Cup.
A huge crowd came out in support to watch Ballymoney, its players keen to bounce back from the previous week's defeat to Grosvenor in the league.
Daniel Ramage returned to the starting line up at number eight with Rory Strang also coming in at out half and Jonny Linton replacing the injured Michael Armstrong on the wing.
Ballymoney started the game with purpose, driven on by reports in rugby circles that this would be a one-sided contest in favour of the visitors.
Unfortunately, they gave away a penalty due to over eagerness at the breakdown and within five minutes were 3-0 down as the Armagh out-half duly slotted over the penalty. This soon became 6-0 as again a misdemeanour against the hosts led to another penalty being dispatched by the Armagh kicker.
Ballymoney started to get their act togehter and were dominating the scrum with the front row of Blair, Irvine and Brown causing havoc against their opposite numbers. Ramage and McFetridge were carrying hard into opposition territory but dogged Armagh defence kept Ballymoney at bay.
Ballymoney were soon to take the lead with wave after wave of attack in the Armagh '22'; the home side's ball retention was excellent with Martin Irwin crashing over the line and Cleland adding the conversion to give Ballymoney a deserved 7-6 lead.
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