Ballymena travelled to Dungannon for the last game of the Ulster Championship League and came away with win in their last away game of the season. Coach Andy Graham took to the opportunity to ring the changes, playing Kames Beattie at full back, and blood some new players, with schoolboy Matthew Christie starting at No.6 and Frazer Wallace starting at scrum half.
It was James Beattie who injected the first bit of excitement into the proceedings, making a superb fifty meter break, only for the ball to be dislodged by a last ditch tackle to deny him the try. Ballymena were awarded a number of penalties and on each occasion opted to go for the lineout, but encountered a stubborn resistance from Dungannon which thwarted the drives. But Ballymena continued to exert pressure and after a good period of phase play Jordan Foster was given some space and he ran in twenty five metres for a try which McMaster converted to open a seven point lead. A lose range try, also converted, saw Ballymena take a fourteen point lead, but they were pinned back by a Dungannon converted try, leaving the sore at half time 14-7.
Shortly after the restart McMaster kicked a penalty, and then scored a superb try himself, making a clean break and running in fifty metres; his conversion failed, but Ballymena now held a fairly commanding lead at 22-7. Dungannon showed they were not finished and scored a converted try of their own to reduce the lead to 22-14. The final piece of action came when Darrell Montgomery intercepted some forty metres out and scored a try which McMaster converted to make the final score 29-17.
Earlier Ballymena 2nd XV beat Dungannon by 63 points to 22 in a free flowing, fast paced game.