Ballymena United Youth Academy Under-13's faced St Marys in the South Belfast Youth League on Saturday.
The Under-13's met St Marys at the Valley Leisure Centre on what was a bright but extremely cold Saturday morning in the South Belfast Youth League.
Both teams cancelled each other out in the early stages with the Ballymena defence comfortably snuffing out any St Marys attacks. Sam Rock, Calum Hamill and Calum Stewart over recent weeks have built a good understanding as a back three, along with goalkeeper Jamie Clarke who is never afraid to take the ball to feet to help out his defence when under pressure.
Ballymena created the first real chance when Joshua Stewart latched onto a through ball, rounding the goalkeeper only for his shot to be cleared off the line by the defender. Jay Montgomery then had the ball in the net only to be judged harshly offside.
The second half saw lots of pressure from Ballymena for the first 15 mins without finding that elusive goal. The last five mins was end to end but Jamie stood strong in goal kept the St Marys strikers at bay. Would have been nice to get the victory but our first clean sheet in the league campaign gives us plenty of confidence going forward.
Man of the Match: Sam Rock
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.