United continued their improved form in this league match against a formidable Bryansburn Rangers who are expected to challenge for honours this year.
For most of the first half the game ebbed and flowed with neither team holding the ascendency and neither goal keeper being threatened.
Continue reading Match Report: BUFC 1 – 2 Bryansburn Rangers
Ballynahinch United Swifts opened their season with a scoreless draw at home to Ballyvea FC IIs. However, the home team had chances to win it, but were unfortunately unable to convert.
Ballynahinch United Swifts 0 – 0 Ballyvea FC IIs
Ballynahinch United would like to invite all past and present players, managers, officials and supporters to join us for a gala evening to celebrate our 50 year anniversary.
Taking place at 7pm on Friday 19th October 2018 in the Millbrook Lodge, Ballynahinch.
To book tickets, contact Anto 0796 382 2291, Gareth 0752 544 0950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are £40 (single), £75 (couple) or £350 (table of 10).
The night will be hosted by BBC Sport NI pundit Liam Beckett MBE with music from The Renegades on what promises to be a great night. Dress is black tie gala.
Stay tuned for news of some sporting memorabilia which will be raffled off on the evening!
United entertained Mossley YM at Millbridge last Saturday and following what was a good day’s work they turned in a 3-0 win which gives if they repeat this performance in their remaining games they might just escape relegation.
This game burst into life in the 20th minute when Johnny Stevenson slammed home a shot from around the penalty spot during a scramble in the Mossley penalty area.
The visitors pressed for an equaliser but they created little and the defensive barrier of Davis, Patterson, Dickson and Stuart McMullan provided a platform for this victory given their straightforward approach to clearing their lines. John McMenamin provided a safe pair of hands in the goalkeeper position.
United’s midfield of Ian McMullan, Gavin Crawford, Ben Wilson and Scott Brashaw held the ball comfortably with Brashaw linking effectively with forwards Ross Murray and Johnny Stevenson.
In the second half United came out with a purpose not only to defend their lead but also to increase their it and it was teenager Ross Murray who as a constant thorn in the Mossley defence scored United’s second on 50 minutes when he smashed the ball home after good work by Stevenson. Crawford went close minutes later when he shot over after a serious bit of misunderstanding in the visitors defence.
On the hour mark Murray made it 3 -0 when the Mossley defence waited for an offside call against Stevenson however he had never made any attempt to go for the ball and the quick thinking teenager scampered onto the loose ball to coolly finish past the goal keeper.
Sadly the game got rather physical in the latter parts of the game and manager Alan Davis replaced a few of his senior players because of the danger of them being sent off such was the provocation being dished out. Greg Allison, John Hill and Ben Onuoha came into the game and played excellently to maintain one of the few clean sheets of United’ season so far.
Ballynahinch United Swifts secured a derby win against Drumaness when the two teams played each other at the Assumption playing fields on Saturday. A hat trick from Alan Massey and another from Craig Tate gave them a valuable three points.
The Swifts met Kilmore Rec 2nds for the third time in relatively quick succession and this time in the Purdy Cup.
Due to first team call ups manager Alan Davis had to shuffle his team somewhat. There was a strong wind blowing across the Langley Road pitch which made conditions difficult and the Kilmore team settled the quicker of the two. They also took the lead from the penalty spot in the early minutes of the game which brought about a change of formation for the Swifts.
The visitors were calling the shots with the home defence and midfield having to work hard to keep them out however as the first half was nearing its end Graeme McMullan sent Aaron McCaffrey through only to see his shot go narrowly wide. Minutes later Ross Murray who was having a quiet half ran onto an Alex Burtney pass to slot the ball home.
In the second half the Swifts had a slight wind advantage but the overall conditions made flowing football almost impossible. The home defence of Onhua, Annett, Beattie and McMullan coped with Kilmore’s long ball strategy while in midfield King and Hunter started to get the upper hand. The winning goal came from a Hunter pass which found Ross Murray and his shot was parried by the Kilmore keeper however Gareth Bingham was on hand to bundle the ball into the net. In the closing minutes Blaine almost increased their lead but his shot sailed past the post.
In the end the Swifts were pleased to get into the second round of this competition.