Under strength Under-15's fall to Glenavon
Ballymena United Youth Academy Under-15's travelled to Glenavon in the NIBFA National League on Saturday.
For the second time in four days the Under-15s were in Lurgan for this National League fixture, the third in four consecutive away games.
Unfortunately with injuries and players unavailable, the Sky Blues were again missing some personnel but the 12 who travelled worked tirelessly on the day, but without reward.
The opening third saw United, as in previous games, dominate proceedings. Oisin Kennedy and Callum Richmond knew they should have put the away side in front. Brooklyn Allen was excellent on the right and Jordan McMullan was reveling in his new midfield role.
As in previous games, United were to rue missed opportunities but in a rare escape to the Ballymena half, the Lurgan side went ahead - a preventable cross scuffed home past Adam McMulllan.
The Under-15's early confidence disappeared as they sat back but into the second period they once again grabbed the initiative taking the game to Glenavon. The Sky Blues' back four were confident and chances were being created from the midfield area, Kennedy and Brooklyn Allen both had chances as the visitors pressed. Preparing for another attack the ball unfortunately ended up at the feet of a Glenavon attacker who passed the ball simply into an empty net.
United continued to press and as they entered injury time, the referee decided to call a halt to proceedings, which seemed confusing. This was a tough one to take for the players and coaches on the Under-15's who must remain positive. After a run of wins, an unfortunate last three games were they have been the better side but missed chances and individual mistakes have been costly.
Special mention to man of the match Shaun O'Callaghan in an assured centre half role on Saturday.