Luckless Under-15's take positives from defeat
Ballymena United Youth Academy Under-15's faced Windmill Stars on Wednesday evening in the NIBFA National League.
Ballymena United Youth Academy Under 15's traveled to Lurgan on Wednesday night to face Newry outfit Windmill Stars in the NIBFA National League.
Due to injuries and unavailability the Sky Blues had a smaller squad and with no recognised strikers, they re-organised but still started impressively. The Braid boys had the majority of play as the border outfit relied on the long ball game somewhat and both sides somewhat cancelled each other out as the half wore on.
United had half chances through Brooklyn Allen and Blake Douglas but the breakthrough came just before the interval. A good run by the Windmill left winger led to a cross and the ball was swept home by their striker, hesitation at the back for United was punished.
The away side remained focused after half time and equalised immediately after the break.Sam Millar burst through from the midfield area and about to pull the trigger,he was pulled back and a penalty awarded. Blake Douglas stepped up and was disappointed to see his effort well saved but the alert Ronan McKillop was on hand to sweep home the rebound from a tight angle.
United were now dominant and there were some great passages of play from the Sky Blues, the end product just lacking as they probed for a second goal. Windmill were restricted to the occasional long range few kick and United keeper Adam McMullan, for the second game in a row, was redundant for long periods.
Like their last encounter however United were made to pay for the lack of a killer finish, a speculative effort from Windmill was misjudged and the Newry lads were somehow ahead. Once again the sky blues continued to bombard the Windmill goal, Douglas hammered in a free kick which the keeper cleared with his foot, Allen and the hardworking Rhys Black and McKillop also had half chances.
Despite the constant pressure the home side defended manfully and held on for the points.Hard to take for the Braid boys but many positives from this game, the biggest being left back Tadhg McKinney with a man of the match performance,composed but tough in the tackle, his reading of the game was brilliant and he continues to impress in his first year at this level with a number of others.