Match Report: Ballynahinch United 0 v 1 Orangefield OB

United entertained old rivals Orangefield OB who are now plying their trade in Division 1A of the NAFL in this Intermediate Cup tie. Despite Orangefield’s superior league status there was very little between the teams and the outcome eventually came down to who would convert the penalties that each would be awarded during the game.

The first half was end to end with Brian McMullan having to make a couple of saves while at the other end United went close on a few occasions through the efforts of Ian McMullan, Greg Allison and Dee Stewart. On the half hour mark United were awarded a penalty and up stepped Dalton Tate who had his spot kick saved.

The second half was much the same as the first with both teams sharing the possession. United introduced Ross Hayes for Scot Brashaw just before half time and Lee Price for Ian McMullan early in the second half.

On the hour mark Orangefield were awarded a penalty when Alex Millar was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the penalty area. From the resulting kick Brian McMullan was unable to repeat the feat of his counterpart as the ball was dispatched high into the net. United pressed hard for an equaliser with Ben Wilson and David Kelly worked tirelessly in midfield along with Stuart McMullan to retrieve the situation.

This week United return to league action when they visit Rosario YC.