Saturday 13 November
Ballynahinch travelled to Ballywalter to restart their NAFL Division 1B campaign after having no game the previous week.
The away side lined up confidently after a series of decent results and this showed when the team started strongly.
They soon capitalised on their good start when Ian McMullan latched on to a high ball and outmuscled the defender. His low finish found the bottom corner to give the visitors the lead and break his 830-day goal-drought!
Debutant, Harry Wilson, soon doubled the lead when his cross-come-shot found the net after an apparent deflection.
A ferocious 50-50 between Matthew Hall and an opposing player saw the home side reduced to 10 after another Ballywalter player felt it appropriate to swing his fists, twice.
The half finished with United two to the good despite a whole host of excellent opportunities falling to Gregg Allison and Ross Murray with Taylor Graham providing from the left.
United came out sluggish in the second half but Scott Brashaw kept the defence solid with Ronnie Johnston and Stuart McMullan protecting from midfield.It was Stuart who broke the deadlock in the second half.
Substitute, Graeme McMullan laid off to ‘The Ginger Assassin’ who smashed a 30-yarder into the top corner, an effort he’d attempted a few times earlier.
United sustained the pressure and soon went further ahead. An in-swinging corner fell to the feet of Jordan Patterson who volleyed home for his second goal of the season.
The visitors completed the scoring with Graeme involved again. His low left-footed effort bounced back off the post into the path of Gregg who turned it home to make it 5.
The final whistle blew to mark the end of the game and give Dale Davidson’s team the 3 points and a clean sheet for Stefan Graham. United host Ballywalter Rec at The Millbridge next and are in need of a match day sponsor. Email now if youâ€™re interested
Player of the Match: Harry Wilson
Ballywalter Rec 0 – 5 Ballynahinch United
|Player of the Match:
|NAFL Division 1B
The Swifts played out a thrilling draw with Ballyvea at The Millbridge but will be disappointed not to come away with three points and leapfrog their opponents.
Despite going behind, the Swifts battled back and quickfire double saw United go ahead with Diarmuid Lavery grabbing both.
Ballyvea levelled the scores again before half-time but after the break Diarmuid completed his hat-trick after slotting away a penalty.
The Swifts worked hard to hold onto their lead but in the late minutes of the half, the home team’s makeshift Goalkeeper was unable to gather a high cross. The ball fell to a Ballyvea forward who evened the scores again and the teams shared the points.
Ballynahinch United Swifts 3 – 3 Ballyvea II
|NADAFL Division 1