Late Glentoran fightback denies United under-15s

Ballymena United under-16s who drew with Ballinamallard.
Ballymena United under-16s who drew with Ballinamallard.

Ballymena United U-15s seemed on course for their first win of the season as they led Glentoran by two goals in the closing stages.

The boys from the East fought back however and snatched a point late on the Showgrounds 3g to deny the Skies.

The senior under 16’s picked up a point on their travels against Ballinamallard while their compatriots at under 17 lost out to Institute.

The under 14’s lost out to an outstanding Linfield side while defensive frailties from both sides led to a high scoring under 13 game for United against St Oliver Plunkett. The 12’s and 11’s continued their good form in Lisburn.

Congratulations to Academy youngsters Mason Hume and Ryan McClintock who progressed through Swansea City trials last Sunday in Belfast where the Premiership oufit have been on the lookout for some of the very best 9 and 10 year old talent for their intial academy set up.

A further number of United players were in attendance on Sunday past at the under 11 stage and will again be hoping to progress to the next trial.

LISBURN LEAGUE

BUYA U-11 v Lisburn Youth: United scored four goals in a close game between two of the top sides about at the under 11 age group.

BUYA U-12 v Glenavon: Joshua Balmer put the wee sky blues ahead with a superb finish following excellent link play from Adam Millar. Glenavon equalised before Ballymena regained the lead following a fine solo effort from Ben Dallas but Glenavon gained a draw on the final whistle.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

BUYA U-13 6, St Oliver Plunkett 9: A weakened United were missing three players due to school commitments and could not cope with Plunkett’s strike pairing.

Taylor Adger was always a danger going forward and ended up with a brace as did his strike partner Scott McCullough. Matthew Worthington showed some nice touches and deserved his goal with United’s other coming from a great diving back post header from Kyle Neill.

BUYA 0, Linfield 7: Ballymena were no match for a Linfield side unbeaten in the league for two years. Ballymena boys Ben Wylie and Trai Hume were in the Blues XI.

BUYA 2, Glentoran 2: Ballymena were two up near the end thanks to goals from Johnny Patterson and Robbie McGaughey but the east Blefast side showed great determination to snatch a draw.

Ballinamallard U-16 1, BUYA U-16 1: United took the lead early on through Adam Neilly but the Fermanagh boys snatched a point with a disputed penalty almost saved by the impressive Josh Mark.

Institute U-17 6, BUFC U-17 2: After 13 goals in two games, Ballymena came crashing back to earth. Their goals came from an OG and Rhys Smith.