Ballymoney extend their run of defeats
By Andy Borthwick
1st XV come up short at Dromore
Ballymoney traveled to Dromore knowing that this was a match to be won; the closing stages of the season will surely feature some tight calls, and these two sides would be doing well to avoid that dogfight.
Sticking with some of the performances from the previous run-out, Neal Mulholland started in the back row, and Thomas Skelton continues at fly-half, with Campbell at fullback. Ryan Clyde returned to the second row in place of Platt, and Andy Brown was given another week on the bench after doing well in the previous week.
Once again, the start was ferocious, with the wide running game plan making some inroads into the midfield defense, and plenty of organisation to keep the home side at bay. But gradually little lapses in concentration crept in, and inaccuracy at the breakdown led to turnovers which would make the visitors pay.
The home side converted many of their opportunities for the rest of the game, with the final score 42-15. While Ballymoney are still building around a young team, and gaining experience every week, this result leaves them in the wrong part of the table after the first few games.
Coach Jason Taggart reflected “On the plus side, we are showing signs of what we can do when it does come together – we are scoring some very good tries. But it’s going to take some time.”
Next week sees the 1st XV travel to Belfast to play CIYMS, who will be looking to get back on the winning trail after a loss to Instonians this week. The Ballymoney side will be working hard at training to put the little things right and come together to get their season started properly.