Ballymena United u15s recorded an impressive victory once more in the North West on Friday evening to secure their spot in the NI plate final.
The group have developed over the course of the season and are now showing some exceptional end of year form in their quest for national silverware.
The under 13’s had a morning to remember at the Showgrounds on Saturday, securing a final day victory over St. Oliver Plunkett before receiving the National League trophy from United first team manager Glenn Ferguson.
The 14’s recorded a vital win, also over the Plunkett, while the under 16’s were involved in an entertaining derby draw with Coleraine on the 3g.
The under 17’s secured an impressive away day win at Dungannon, while at the other end of the scale the under 11’s enjoyed their day at Ballysally, recording another win while the under 10’s had their own derby delight, 3-1 over Carniny.
BUYA 1, St Oliver Plunkett 0: A scrappy game was settled by Cameron Bailes’ header before the boys could get on with their celebrations after receiving the league trophy.
BUYA 2, St Oliver Plunkett 0: Ballymena grabbed a deserved lead through Robbie McGaughey when he reacted quickest after Sam Robinson header was saved.
When it looked like it was going to end on a tight note, Robbie McGaughey broke the back line and drilled a low shot past the outstretched keeper.
Culmore 1, BUYA 2: After a scoreless first half, United took the lead when Padraig Slane rifled home in trademark fashion.
Back came the North West boys when a half chance was well finished on the Culmore right to square matters.
Extra time looked on the cards until, with 5 minutes remaining the ball broke to McColgan on the edge of the box, who swivelled and hammered home with a left foot volley for a superb finish.
Ballymena United U-16 2, Coleraine 2; Dungannon United U-17 2, Ballymena United U-17 3.