Ballymoney lose out to conditions at Academy

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Ballymoney lose out to conditions at Academy thumbnailJordan Neilly gets his body over the try line against Ballinahinch during Saturday’s league match. WK3KC25BMSP

BALLYMONEY Rugby Club's First Eleven suffered their first defeat of the new year away to Academy on Saturday.
Heavy rain prior to the game meant a late pitch inspection was necessary, delaying Ballymoney's journey to Rough Fort. However, the pitch was declared playable by the referee and the game went ahead as planned.
Skipper John McFetridge returned at number six, with Andrew Stevenson taking his place on the bench. Rory Strang was unavailable so the backs reshuffled with Irwin moving to 10, Cleland going to 12 and Young moving to fullback. Thomas Hunter returned from injury and Gary Pattison made his first league appearance of the season, replacing the injured Aaron Brown.
Ballymoney kicked-off with the wind in their back and immediately Academy went on the attack, recycling the ball well in tricky conditions. After several phases, the referee penalised Ballymoney at the ruck. Academy opted to kick for goal but their attempt went just wide of the posts.
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