Enniskillen vs

November 9, 2014
Score: 24 - 19

Match Report

Ballymena 2nds made the long journey West to play Enniskillen in the Quarter Final of the Junior Cup, and after two good away wins against Coleraine and Clogher Valley in the early rounds were hopeful of progressing to the Semi Final, although the game against Junior 2 club Enniskillen was never going to be easy. Early on the same problems that had beset them against Clogher faced them again – the scrum was driven backwards throughout the game  and little in the way of useful possession came the way of the Ballymena back line. The game started with the home side dominating possession, but it was Ballymena who took the lead when the home full back attempted to run from deep, and gave away a penalty which Drysdale converted, to give his side a 3-0 lead, but two minutes later Enniskillen scored a converted try, soon  followed by another similar effort to give them a 14-3 lead. A penalty to Ballymena gave Drysdale the chance to find a good touch, and from the lineout it looked as if O’Hara had put Drysdale in for a blind side try, but it was disallowed. From the lineout that followed Mark Foster made a great catch and he was driven across the line for a try, converted by Drysdale, reducing the Enniskillen lead to 14-10. from another disastrous Ballymena scrum the ball was hacked on and they were forced to concede a five metre scrum, from which Enniskillen were awarded a penalty try. That was converted making the score at half time 21-10 to the home side.

The second half saw a more determined effort from Ballymena, but the problem with the scrum hadn’t gone away, and good possession was still hard to come by.  On the rare occasions when they got the ball Alan Smyth, Darrell Montgomery and Thybaut d’Oreilles showed us what might have been, but the only scoring in the second half was three Drysdale penalties which brought Ballymena to within two points of Enniskillen and renewed hope of an unlikely victory. Good work by the backs almost but Thybaut in, but it was Enniskillen who got on the score sheet with another penalty, to make the final score 24-19.