AIL 2A: Rainey Old Boys 10 Ballymena 12

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Ballymena bounce back from last weeks cup defeat to get a precious away win against Rainy Old Boys in AIL 2A on Saturday

After a disappointing Senior cup result last weekend Ballymena made the trip to Magherafelt to play Rainey Old Boys in AIL 2A on Saturday afternoon.

Report and pictures by Cyril Boyd

In an evenly contested game both defences held the upper hand in the first half with indiscipline being the main points scorer.

Ballymena were awarded 3 penalties with No 15, Tim Small converting well whilst Rainey’s single penalty was ably finished by No 10, Scott Mclean.

Ouch! Ballymena’s Tim Small gets injured as Rainey’s Damien McMurray crashes over for the game’s only try.

It looked like staying that way for the first half until a forward drive by the home team saw No 13, Damien McMurray, crashing over beside the post to open the try scoring. Mclean added the conversion to give Rainey a 10 – 9 lead at half time.

Unfortunately Ballymena’s No 15 Small was injured in trying to stop the try and had to leave the field of play.

The second half was similar to the first as defences continued to dominate. There were lots of attempted breakaways which were quickly snuffed out but it was another piece of indiscipline which resulted in a Ballymena penalty.

Ballymena’s Ross McKay lines up the winning penalty.

No 10, Ross McKay stepped up and put it between the posts, giving the visitors the lead.

Plenty of effort put into the second half but the visitors stood strong and took the victory at the final whistle.

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