Under-13's topple league leaders
Ballymena United Youth Academy Under-13's entertained Lurgan Town at Allen Park in the NIBFA National League on Friday evening.
BALLYMENA UNITED YA U14 2-1 LURGAN TOWN U14
Subway NIBFA National League Under-13
Date: Friday 10th March 2017
Venue: Allen Park - Kick-off: 6.30pm
Joshua Balmer, Own Goal.
The ever improving Under-13s produced another top drawer performance to overcome league leaders Lurgan Town at Allen Park on Friday night.
Ballymena started brightest and Joshua Balmer put Oisin O'mullan through but his first time shot went over the crossbar. Ballymena ervin then fed Timmy Mcclure who crossed and Lewis Tennant had a shot well saved form an inspired Lurgan keeper. Lurgan then contested and pulled a shot narrowly wide. The Sky Blues responded immediately and the combination of McClure and O'Mullan caused more problems bur the latter had another shot saved. O'Mullan then had another effort just cleared the crossbar again.
The midfield of Scott Montgomery, Billy Ewart and Harry Foster were outstanding on the night and battled well to create chances for the front men.
Just before the break Cammy McMullan made a fantastic tackle and set McClure free on the right. After beating the defence his shot across the goal just shaved the far post to leave it scoreless at half-time.
Ballymena's pressure finally told three minutes into the second half when Balmer finished off an outstanding team goal involving Adam Millar, O'Mullan, Foster and McClure.
Balmer who was most impressive on the night, then smashed a 25 yard drive just wide as they sought to extend the lead. Then the lively O'Mullan bear the defence but his shot again went narrowly wide. The powerful McClure then saw a thundering shot rebound off the crossbar. Ryan McGrath then made an important save to maintain the lead.
However they didn't have to wait long for the second goal. Harry Foster's goal bound volley was saved superbly by the Lurgan keeper but one of his defenders turned the rebound into the net under pressure from the Ballymena forwards.
Lurgan, who had played very well throughout, fully justifying their position at the top of the league, got a goal back with three minutes to go. However the United defence inspired by Mark Lowry held out for a very encouraging and deserved win.
Some outstanding individual performances on the night but a very pleasing overall team display.