Ballymena hosted Cashel in the AIL and lost 7-8
After a poor display against City of Derry two weeks ago the braid men took to the field to play Tipperary side Cashel. With the driving rain and soft ground this was always going to be a tough battle. The game started with the braid men getting the better of the visitors in the breakdown with great yards being made by the forwards. The Cashel defence stood strong repealing several good attacking moves by the home side. The first half finished 0-0. The second half started again with the braid men on the attack and it wasn’t long before they opened up the scoring when number 8 Adrian Hamilton intercepted the ball to sprint forty meters to touch down. Full back Rory Drysdale added the conversion, 7-0. From the restart Ballymena seen little of the ball for the rest of the game as Cashel recycled the ball well at the breakdown. The second half was 20 minutes old when Cashel were awarded a penalty In front of the posts when the Ballymena tackler didn’t role away on the floor. The Cashel Outhalf slotted the ball between the post, 7-3. Shortly after this score the Cashel tight head prop injured himself meaning the scrums had to go uncontested taking away the advantage the braid men had over the visitors. The clock was running out when Ballymena cleared their line deep into the Cashel half. The defending winger seamed to knock the ball on but this went unnoticed by the referee and played continued. The ball was recycled well by Cashel until they were awarded a penalty. Knowing the 3 points were no use to them the Cashel out half kicked the ball into touch for a line out. Cashel collected the ball setting up a team drive. The casel forwards took the ball to the line before the ball carrier spun of the back to dot the ball down. The conversion was missed, 7-8. There was time for a restart but unfortunately Ballymena could not get the ball back and Cashel booted the ball out for a had fought victory. Ballymena did pick up a loosing bonus point and with results elsewhere the moved up to third in the league. Ballymena will look to regroup and work hard over the next week before they go on the road next week to Cork.