Badly in need of league points to stave off relegation to Division 2A, Ballymena made the long journey to Cork to already relegated Dolphin, but got off to he worst possible start by conceding two tries, both converted to find themselves 14-0 in arrears. The two tries were gifted to Dolphin, the first through a careless kick downfield and the second through a dropped ball in midfield which opened the way for the Dolphin centre to pick up and run in unopposed. Ballymena reduced the deficit with a line out catch and drive for a try converted by Brett Herron. Two penalties to Dolphin opened up a 20-7 gap, but a great try for Ballymena created by Adam McBurney and finished by Clive Ross brought the score back to 20-14 following Herron’s conversion. Another line out close to the Dolphin line produced another excellent try, with the ball being moved wide to the left wing, who turned out to be Dominic Gallagher, crossing for his first try of the day, to make the half time core 20-19 to Dolphin.
Early in the second half after good work by James Beattie, the ball was moved to the left wing for Dominic to take the pass and score the try, converted by Herron who was having an excellent day a round. Ballymena now had a 26-20 lead which they increased to 33-20 after a line out drive and conversion by Herron. Another line out drive brought a try to Alan Smyth, converted by Herron to put forty Ballymena points on the board. Dolphin weren’t finished, scoring a converted try, and Herron brought the scoring spree to an end with a penalty, making the final score 43-27, and providing some measure of relief to Ballymena.
The final game of the season is at Eaton Park on Saturday when Old Wesley are the visitors.
Ballymena win in Cork but as the results came in it became evident that we now need to beat Old Wesley in the last match of season and hope that UL Bohemians cannot win against Banbridge to secure our place in Division 1B.
Please get out and support the lads in our last game – Saturday 14th at 2.30pm.
DOLPHIN 27 BALLYMENA 43, Irish Independent Park
Scorers: Dolphin: Tries: Kevin O’Leary, Will Hanly, Colin Sisk; Cons: Barry Keeshan 3; Pens: Barry Keeshan 2
Ballymena: Tries: Clive Ross 2, James Gallagher 2, Adam McBurney, Alan Smyth; Cons: Brett Herron 5; Pen: Brett Herron
HT: Dolphin 20 Ballymena 19
DOLPHIN: Timmy Phelan; Colin Sisk, Gary O’Keeffe, Ian O’Donoghue, Will Hanly; Barry Keeshan, Daryl Foley; Liam Walsh, David Byrne, James Rochford (capt), Dave O’Mahony, Rob O’Herlihy, James Vaughan, Barry Fitzgerald, Kevin O’Leary.
Replacements: Caolan O’Flynn, John Leahy, Alex Denby, Kevin Allen, Killian O’Keeffe.
BALLYMENA: James Beattie; Glenn Baillie, Callum Patterson, Alan Smyth, Dean Reynolds; Brett Herron, Michael Stronge; Josh Bill, Adam McBurney, Ross Kane, David Whann, Mark Foster, Clive Ross (capt), Matthew Agnew, James Gallagher.
Replacements: James Taggart, Chris Cundell, Connor Smyth, Ben O’Ryan, Dominic Gallagher.
|U.L. Bohemian (-5) : UL Bohemians deducted 5 points for playing an ineligible player|