This win was a welcome result for the Amateurs, after a miserable start to their season in the Amateur league. They were on the attack right from the off when David Hanna missed a headed chance inside the 6 yard box only one minute into the game. 4th also missed a glaring chance a few mins later at the other end. It was the Amateurs who broke the deadlock though when Jimmy King whipped in a cross from the right flank for David Chesney to nod past the keeper. 4th didn’t sit back and on 14 mins struck a free kick that Ian Watt saved, but could only parry away, only to fall for a 4th forward to poke home from close range. David Hanna had a few chances on goal as the half went on but all went wide of the target. Chesney, however latched on to a through pass from Hanna on 37 mins and placed the ball past the advancing keeper.
4th came out quickly in the second period attacking Carniny and got their reward after a defensive lapse let their forward through on goal to bring the scores level eight mins in. Carniny weren’t to be outdone when Adam Mairs weaved his way in from the left flank to drive the ball in low at the far post. David Chesney then scored the best goal of his hat trick volleying high into the net for his third and Carniny’s fourth, giving them a cushion going into the last half hour. The last twenty minutes saw 4th apply some pressure to Carniny who must have known it was going to be their day with the visitors hitting the wood work on three separate occasions. But the back four of King, Heron and youth team players Caolan Hart and Cameron Waring were in resolute form and kept the score as it was to the final whistle.
A great overall performance from the Ballymena men with Hart and Waring comfortably slotting into the senior team with a welcome return to the squad from Barry Simpson. The Amateurs will certainly be looking to carry this momentum on.
Panel; Watt, McCallion, King, Heron, Waring, Mairs, Hanna R, Hart, Hanna D, Simpson, Chesney, Surgenor, Martin, Jaworski.