Fourths win again in the League at Ballyclare!
By Jimmy Speers
The River Ridge backed fourths completed super Saturday for Ballymoney RFC. The club fielded four senior teams on Saturday afternoon, with each team recording a victory. The fours ran in five tries without reply, for three wins from three games and their
Ballymoney took to the field in good spirits, following the recent victories in the preceding weeks. They faced a youthful and much changed Ballyclare side, who were still recovering from a heavy defeat to Ballymena the previous week.
Ballymoney received the kick off on a sunny afternoon, however faced a stiff breeze as they defended the early Ballyclare onslaught. The first half proved to be an even contest as both sides shared the procession and defended hard. Ballymoney did eventually break the resolute Ballyclare defence line just before the half time break, when back row forward Sam McAuley
crossed the white line following a scrum, just outside the Ballyclare 22. Half time score Ballyclare 0 - Ballymoney 7
The second half saw Ballymoney gradually take control of the match as the forwards upped the intensity to take charge of the battle up front. Gaps appeared in the Ballyclare defence line as Sam McAuley
went over for his second score following a number of phases and breaks by the backs. Mark Buckingham
was next on the score sheet for Ballymoney. The winger, making his debut for the fours showed a good turn of pace to score in the corner. Try of the match came soon after came from Sam McAuley
. The backrow forward collected his own box kick and jinked his way through the Ballyclare defence line to score an excellent individual try. In the closing stages Mark Buckingham
went over for his second score and conclude a very impressive start for the fours. ryan Brace
converting three of the scores. Final score Ballyclare 0 - Ballymoney 31
Match day Captain Darren Smyth
commented after the game. “That was another super performance. We played the game at high tempo and won the individual battles. As the match progressed Ballyclare could not cope with our intensity. We played a fast open game and defended physically when it was required. We had a lot of very good individual performances. Mark Buckingham
had a very impressive debut. Sam McAuley
was an immense presence in the back row and was awarded with a hat trick of tries”
The fourths have no match next weekend, which will give those carrying niggling injuries an extra week to recover. The next league match is 20th October when they welcome Ballymena 4ths to Kilraughts Road.