2017-18 Ballymoney RFC Banbridge RFC Club Rugby Men Ulster Junior Cup

Junior Cup: Ballymoney 22 Banbridge II 6

Ballymoney go forward to the Junior Cup semi-finals with a hard fought 22 6 win against Banbridge 2nds on Saturday afternoon at Kilraughts Road.

There was no score in a tense but entertaining first quarter and it was Banbridge who took the lead at the start of the second quarter with a successful penalty kick.

However, Ballymoney’s defence was starting to get on top and a series of charge down from David McKeeman and Martin Irwin led to Irwin winning the race to the line for the games opening try. James Cleland added the conversion to give the home side a 7 – 3 lead at the break.

The teams swapped penalties to take the score to 10 – 6 at the start of the second half but from then on Ballymoney took control of the game.

Matthew Steele crossed for an unconverted try to push the score to 15 – 6 and Thomas Hunter crossed in the last ten minutes to secure the game. Cleland added the conversion to his earlier penalty to give a final score of Ballymoney 22 Banbridge II 6.


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