Match report: B United 2 – 3 Portavogie Rangers

It was a slow start for Ballynahinch when they found themselves kicking off half an hour late due to a road traffic accident, and just 4 minutes later, United found themselves behind when Portavogie Rangers took the lead from a corner.

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Match report: St Matthews 3 – 1 B United

Ballynahinch went to face league leaders St Matthews for the first time.

St Matthews, unbeaten, kept the ball well on the 3G pitch but United’s defence never looked threatened with Scott Brashaw and Chris Coleman holding strong, restricting the home side to long range shots.

Ballynahinch got a hold in the game and sustained a long period of possession which saw a well-worked move breakdown in the final third when St Matthews’ keeper collected the final killer ball.

After 20 minutes, the home side changed kit. Ballynahinch’s new kit of navy sleeves and sky blue middle looked almost identical to the home sides black sleeves and white middle. A yellow shirt arrived an hour after the initial kit inspection.

Regardless, the first half ended scoreless with United looking comfortable on and off the ball.

In the second half, a decisive counter attack after Ballynahinch’s own free kick proved to be the opener with a well taken finish.

A second quickly followed when the referee, who had let the game flow very well, gave a questionable free kick on the edge of the box. And the home side doubled their lead as a result.

United fought back and reduced the deficit after changes from Manager, Gareth King.

Sam Lurring and Chris hit the crossbar from the same corner before the ball was eventually scrambled over the line in a goal mouth debacle that Sam claimed. Even the referee was confused.

As United were beginning to push for the equaliser, a short back pass gifted the home side an opportunity to regain a two-goal leads which was duly taken.

In the end, it left Ballynahinch too much to do in the final minutes, in a game they possibly deserved more from.

Apache Pizza Ballynahinch Player of the Match: Stuart McMullan

Line Up: Stefan Graham [C], Greg Hall, Sam Lurring, Scott Brashaw, Chris Coleman (Patrick Harkin), Stuart McMullan, Thomas Rodgers (Luke Craig), David Kelly, Graeme McMullan (Jamie McNeill), Gavin Crawford, Robbie Lurring.

B United Swifts 0 – 4 Downpatrick II

Football finally returned to The Millbridge after a lengthy hiatus after heavy destructive flooding left the pitch and car park in tatters.

The pitch was playable thanks to the great efforts from our committed groundsmen and help from club members and to all those who provided sandbags including Premier Traffic, Morrow Contracts, Neville Rodgers, Cllr Johnny Jackson and Cllr Alan Lewis and to those who donated to ensure we could hire equipment to restore the pitch to a playable state and ensure the car park is fit for use.

However, it wasn’t the homecoming the Swifts were looking for when they fell to a four nil defeat to league leaders Downpatrick II.

The highlight of the game was when youngster Ethan Perkins, entered the fray to join his step-dad on the pitch for the Swifts.

Apache Pizza Ballynahinch Player of the Match: Michael Vladeanu

Line Up: Michael Vladeanu, Ryan Rooney, Stephen McNair, Will McNeill, Keith Hamilton, John Stevenson, Matthew Tate (Kian Connolly), Gareth Bingham, Diarmuid Lavery (Ethan Perkins), Liam Rodgers (Matthew Lindsay), Glenn Bennett.

Match Report: B United 3 – 1 St Lukes FC

Saturday 9 April 2022

Ballynahinch entertained St Lukes at The Millbridge in the April sun.

United started slowly but soon pulled themselves together before taking the lead.

Matthew Shaw stepped out from deep and found Taylor Graham on the left. The winger squared to Glenn Bennett for an easy tap in to score his first first team goal for the club.

St Likes rallied back and had an excellent chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty. However, Ballynahinch’s Skipper, Stefan Graham pounced to prevent the spot kick from evening the scores. Unbelievably, his 7th penalty save of the season.

United scored a secondly shortly after. The home side exploited the left side once again, this time Ross Murray twinkled past the opposing full back and fired a ferocious cross into the box.

Glenn grabbed his second when the delicious delivery cannoned off his head into the top corner.

The United defence stayed strong until the end of the half with John McMenamin and Scott Cheevers supporting Matthew Shaw and Scott Brashaw.

After the break, United scrambled home a third. A corner fell in the six yard box at the feet of Jordan Patterson who stabbed it home for his 5th of the season.

United battle on, with Stuart McMullan, Gavin Crawford and Jordan Patterson providing energy and determination in midfield. Unfortunately, Ballynahinch were forced into a reshuffle when Matthew Shaw was dismissed for a second yellow.

That gave St Luke’s hope, and they soon scored when Stefan made a good saves but saw the rebound bounce off Scott Cheevers into the net.

With the game stretched and United down to ten, Stefan was required to keep United ahead with two excellent saves.

At the other end, Jack Patterson and Ross Murray had opportunities to increase the lead but to no avail.

Conor Graham and Harry Bell were introduced to help see out the game.

A great performance with a result to match.

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Ballynahinch United 3 – 1 St Lukes FC

GoalscorersGlenn Bennett (2)
Jordan Patterson
Competition:NAFL Division 1B
Ground:The Millbridge