With a couple of late withdrawals Carniny had to shuffle their pack at the last minute. The game was an even affair in the early stages with neither side causing any serious problems. After 10 minutes though the home side took the lead when their lead striker beat the offside trap to lob the stand in Carniny keeper, Dean Surgenor. The visitors pressed to get back on even terms with Cummings, D. Hanna and Chesney all going close. On the half time whistle their persistence paid off when a corner from Cummings was headed home by Ricky Hanna of Carniny to make it 1-1.
The second period started as another tight affair with neither making the breakthrough and it wasn’t until the 35 minute of the contest that Ballynure took the lead. The away side continued to press but to no avail and it wasn’t until the interval Ballynure found the net to give them a 2-1 lead . As Carniny pressed all forward in search of an equaliser Ballynure were in punishing mood and a brace of goals left the score a flattering 4-1 to Ballynure.
PANEL – Surgenor, Costello, Henderson, King, McDowell, McFadden, R. Hanna, McCallion, Chesney, Cummings, D. Hanna, Mairs, Greene, Martin