Ballymena 1’s travelled to Malone 1’s in the Senior Cup and were beaten 43-10
Malone started the quicker of the two teams and within 3 minutes took the lead when they turned the braid men over and the Malone full back scored out wide. The conversion was added, 7-0.
Malone got back on the score board 5 minutes later when their number 8 barged his way over the line. The Malone 10 added the extras, 14-0.
Ballymena started to get back into the game and when Rory Drysdale broke out of his own half he found support out wide in the form of Mike McKeever who was released to score out wide. The conversion was missed 14-5.
Ballymena confidence was growing and after a long period of possession they were awarded a penalty for an infringement on the ground by the Malone forwards. Rory Drysdale kick just went wide of the posts. The traffic was all one way now with the Ballymena forwards making good ground. Ballymena where deep in the Malone half but unfortunally the final pass wasn’t there. Ballymena were awarded another penalty and this time Rory Drysdale sent the ball 60 metres for touch in the corner. The resulting line was won by Ballymena and the forward recycled the ball well but they couldn’t find their way through a determined Malone defence. In the dying minutes of the half Malone scored against the run of play through their number 8. The conversion was added, half time 21-5.
Ballymena started the second half strongly and soon Malone was reduced to 14 men when one of their forwards was yellow carded. Ballymena kicked the ball deep into the Malone half for a line out. At the line out David Whann rose the highest and after a couple of recycled phases David Whann found himself crossing the line for a try. The conversion was missed, 21-10.
Malone was soon back to full strength and a well worked move seen their full back breaking through some week tackling to score in the corner. The conversion was missed, 26-10.
The momentum had again swung back to Malone who turned over Ballymena to score a break away try to the right of he posts. The conversion was missed, 31-10.
The braid men rallied but unfortunally they were let down by the final pass. Ballymena had committed to an attack and when the ball was over turned they couldn’t set the defensive line and Malone scored through there Outhalf. The conversion was missed, 36-10.
With the final play of the game saw Malone add to the score when their flanker was pushed over the line. The conversion was added, final score 43-10.
Kirkpatrick, Taggart, Cundell, Ireland, Rea, Smith, Macintosh, Hamilton, McCrudden, Bailey, Foster, McKeever, Montgomery, Johnston, Drysdale, Young, Ferguson, Whann, Patterson, McMullan