1st XV v Dalriada School 1st XV
Ballymena Academy v Dalriada Wednesday 12th January 2011
Academy entertained Dalriada on Wednesday 12th January aware that the Ballymoney boys, on their day, are capable of upsetting any team in the province. The home team were without Callum Patterson and Dalriada were forced to start without the injured Jonny McLaughlin.
Ballymena Academy started strongly and enjoyed most of the early territory and possession. After six minutes they converted this pressure to points when hooker Adam Kerr powered over from close range.
Midway through the first half, Ballymena scored their second of the afternoon when scrum half Jack Fleming exploited a gap at the side of the ruck to score below the posts. Caleb Morrison added the conversion to increase the score to 12-0.
Minutes later, Ballymena Academy were dealt a blow when influential centre Peter Storey was forced to leave the field with a shoulder injury that could see him sidelined for a number of weeks. Nevertheless, just before half time, Ballymena moved the ball wide and Darren Geddis showed excellent footwork to beat the last defender and touched down for his side’s third try. Caleb added the extras to leave the half-time score 19-0.
In the second half, Dalriada continued to work hard and enjoyed a significant amount of territorial advantage, particularly in the early part of the second period. However it was the home team that scored two more tries, both converted by Caleb Morrison. Jonny McClelland finished an excellent team try following good work by Nicholas Stirling and John Andrew and it was Caleb who scored his team’s final try of the day with a fine individual effort.
The clean sheet in the final score of 33-0 will have pleased the home team while Dalriada can take some encouragement from their gutsy performance in defeat.
Academy 33 Dalriada 0 Ballymena Academy: Morrison, McClelland, Stirling, Storey, Foster, Geddis, Fleming; McNabney, Kerr, Hargy, Mitchell, Rea, Patton, Wallace, Andre
Match report thanks to Mr. Murray.
Photographs thanks to Mr. Fleming.