Ballymena hosted Seapoint in the latest round of the AIL and won 31-14
Ballymena had things much their own way in the first half, but a determined Seapoint team stood strong in defence. Ballymena had several chances in the first half to cross the white wash but the visiting team made sure they kept the scoring to a minimum by giving away penalties. After forty minutes Ballymena went into halftime with a 9-0 lead after three successful penalties from Outhalf David O’Hara’s boot. Just after the break and against the run of play Seapoint reduced the deficit when their centre collected a knock on in the home sides 22 to race over the line unchallenged. The visitors Outhalf added the conversion, 9-7. Ballymena went on the attack from the restart but after several phases of play another Ballymena mistake allowed Seapoint to take the lead through a converted try, 9-14. This try seemed to give Ballymena the kick they needed as they started to control the game again. The Ballymena forwards were getting the better of their opposite numbers and it wasn’t long before the braid men levelled the scores when loose head prop Andrew Warwick barged his way over the try line. The conversion was missed by David O’Hara, 14-14. Ballymena pressed on and after a great break from ulster player Ricky Andrew who cut open the defence to release David O’Hara to race in under the posts. David O’Hara converted his own try to extend the lead to 21-14. The game was well into the final quarter when Seapoints chances of a come back were dashed when the referee showed 2 yellow cards to the visitors. This resulted in a penalty to Ballymena which saw David O’Hara added to his personal points tally when he slotted the ball between the posts. With the game in its final minutes a powerful run from substitute centre Paddy James saw him race clear and with only the full back to beat he popped the ball inside to Martin Irwin who dived between the posts to score. David O’Hara drop kicked the extra points to the sound of the final whistle bringing the score to 31-14. This win sees Ballymena move into third place with a game in hand. Next week the braid men travel to Rainey in the AIL.
Team- Andrew Warwick, Andrew Ferguson, Bryan Young, Mark Foster, David Whann, Mathew Rea, Willie McKay, Connor Smith, Dave Shanahan, David O’Hara, Jordan Foster, Martin Irwin, Ricky Andrew, Darrel Montgomery, John Nicholl, subs- Adrian Kirkpatrick, Chris Cundell, James Gallagher, Paddy James, Jonny McMullan