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Unwavering defence drives Ballymoney to facile victory over Ballynahinch

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballymoney IV may have been out of action for a week in Minor East 1 but they still enjoyed a fully deserved 19-0 McCambley Cup victory over Ballynahinch VI at Kilraughts Road on Saturday. The home defence had to withstand some mighty Hinch pressure, especially in the third quarter after they had taken a 7-0 interval lead.

"We played up the slight slope and into the wind in the first half and it really was a battle," stated the home captain Johnny Wade.

"Our forwards gave us the edge with hooker Wallace Gregg and No 8 John Richmond putting in strong performances but I felt that the lack of game time made us a bit sluggish."

Ballymoney took the lead following a line out five metres out for Wade to barge over and James Cleland to goal and then with the wind on their backs, they thought they could dictate the second period. It was not to be as Hinch stormed back and would have scored a couple of tries but for some stout defending.

Ballymoney stuck at it and an individual try from centre Aidy White gave them some breathing space. A sweeping move by the backs led to the final try when winger Wesley Pearson dived over in the corner.

McCambley Cup results: Academy III 22 Civil Service II 17, Ards IV 17 Antrim 0, Armagh IV 8 Malone V 66, Armoy 8 Portadown V 16, Ballymoney IV 19 Ballynahinch VI 0, Ballynahinch VII 20 Bangor III 0, Belfast Harlequins IV 10 Carrickfergus IV 0, Larne III 29 Clogher Valley III 39, Limavady III 29 Strabane II 5, Malone IV 0 Cookstown 56, Rainey IV 49 Donaghadee III 3, Randalstown III 29 PSNI II 10.

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