We caught up with Ballynahinch at Ballymacarn Park on Saturday as they played their first home match in AIL 1A. Unfortunately Hinch are still looking for their first win in th league this season after a second half comeback from Clontarf.
Report and images by Cyril Boyd.
Most of the attacking in the first half came from the visitors but poor handling at crucial moments and, a scrambling Hinch defence stopped them from scoring.
Hinch made the most of their opportunities and a penalty to the home team saw No 10 Greg Hutley put them ahead with the only score of the first half.
The second half was pretty much dominated by Clontarf and an early penalty, from No 10, David Hawkshaw, saw them even up the scores at 3 – 3.
Constant pressure from the visitors paid off with a forwards drive ending with No 2 Dylan Donnellan getting the try. A successfully conversion by Hawkshaw gave Clontarf a 3 -10 lead.
Near the end, the home side’s indiscipline was costly when Hawkshaw kicked his second penalty for Clontarf.
Ballynahinch: Patrick Wright, Shane Ball, Ryan Wilson, Tagen Strydom, Aaron Cairns, Gregory Hutley, Chris Gibson, Ben Cullen, Zack McCall, Kyle McCall, Thomas Donnan, John Donnan, Reuben Crothers, Oliver Loughead, Callum Irvine. Replacements: Tom Stewart, Harry Simpson, Bradley Luney, James Simpson, Conor McAuley, Jack Milligan.
Clontarf: Conor Kearns, Seni Reilly Ashiru, Michael Courtney, Matt D’Arcy, Jordan Mulvaney, David Hawkshaw, Angus Lloyd Darragh Bolger, Dylan Donnellan, Vakh Abdaladze, Fionn Gilbert, Cormac Daly, Brian Deeny, Martin Moloney, Tony Ryan. Replacements: Aidan O Kane, Ben Griffin, Adrian D’Arcy, Andrew Feeney, Aitzol Arenzana-King, Max Kearney.