Match report: B United 1 – 4 Ards Rangers

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It was an even game until Ards used their attacking pace and scored two on the counter

United replied with a screamer from Gavin Crawford.

Unfortunately the home team couldn’t keep the score to a one deficient when Ards nicked another from a corner.

In the second half, United held the ball well but couldn’t turn the possession into the goals that mattered.

Ards added another late on to make it four.

Line up: Stefan Graham [C], Greg Hall, Sam Lurring, Scott Brashaw (Thomas Rodgers), Alan Patterson (Naseem Ouldhamlat), Chris Coleman, Gregg Allison, Davis Kelly, Richard Annett (Graeme McMullan), Robbie Lurring

Unused sub: Ethan Majury, Jake McCarten

Match report: Downpatrick II 8 – 3 B United Swifts

Game started even enough with both teams having the odd half chance before Downpatrick took lead midway through first half.

The Swifts hit back straight away and equalised through Patrick Harkin with a smart drive from edge of box.

The home team took the lead almost immediately with a ball over the top to their pacey striker, Ben, who finished well.

They added two late in the half to take a commanding lead.

Glenn Bennett gave United hope with a strong header from a Harkin free kick.

Swifts had a McMenamin goal disallowed for offside from another free kick, The Swifts argued their case with the referee but the decision stood.

Downpatrick went up the other end to score.

They added a penalty before Gareth Bingham reduced the arrears but Downpatrick would add another before the end to seal a comfortable win for the home side.

Line up: Stephen McNair, Ryan Rooney, Patrick Harkin, Will McNeill, John McMenamin [C], Jamie McNeill, Cameron McKissick (Matthew Lindsay), Gareth Bingham, Glenn Bennett, Ben Ford (Kian Connolly), Luke Craig (Liam Rodgers)

Match Report: Kilmore Rec 4 – 2 BUFC

Ballynahinch took a break from league action and made the short journey to face NAFL Div 1A neighbours, Kilmore Rec at Robert Adams Park.

With both teams struggling for results in their respective leagues, Intermediate Cup action was a welcome breather and both teams started well.

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Match Report: Ballynahinch United 1 v 2 Seapatrick

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Ballynahinch United fresh from their 50th anniversary dinner the previous night were perhaps not surprisingly a little jaded for this game and this showed in the first half when they found themselves 1 – 0 down.

In the second half there was a much improved performance as they laid siege to the Seapatrick goal with wave after wave of attack. The visitors held on to late in the second half with veteran goalkeeper Alan Blackwood who played for United in the 1997 Clarence Cup Final in excellent form. United’s equaliser came from Gregg Allison whose powerful shot from outside the penalty area flew into the net. United were now on the ascendency but they took their eye of the game immediately after scoring and paid the penalty as a Seapatrick forward burst into the penalty area to rifle a shot past Coburn in the United goal. Despite a valiant effort United could not get a second equaliser.

This weekend United will return to league action with a home game against St. Luke’s with a 7.30pm kick off.

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.