After last weeks disappointing result the Ballymena ‘reds’ came out a lot more determined and looked a rejuvenated side from before. New signing in goals, Barr, looked a useful addition and gave a new found confidence to the home back four of Costello, Surgenor, Martin and Heron whilst the midfield of Hanna brothers David and Ricky and the impressive Murray gave their side a new found energy giving the forward line of Chesney, Greene and Mairs a lot more opportunities. As far as the opposition were concerned they also were in determined mood but had to wait until the 20th minute before taking the lead with an exocet shot into the net by their centre forward. Unlike before Carniny did not drop their heads and probed for weaknesses in the visitors defence with Mairs and Green causing problems down the flanks whilst Chesney and Murray had a couple of half chances. The Saints were becoming frustrated and couldn’t break through the home defence in which John Costello and Adam Heron were outstanding. On the half hour Carniny had their best goalscoring opportunity but Davy Hanna fired wide. Saints too were pressing hard and Ricky Hanna had to close down any danger.
The second period started bad for the home side and after 10 minutes they were two down but that didn’t put off Carniny who went close on a couple of occasions as Surgenor put in some useful crosses. Ewart was introduced by Carniny to liven things up but Carniny couldn’t get that all elusive goal and with 5 minutes remaining the Belfast side netted their third goal and travelled up the A26 with all three points.
PANEL – Barr, Costello, Martin, Heron, Surgenor, D.Hanna, R.Hanna, Murray, Mairs, Chesney, Greene, Ewart.