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Boxing Clever!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Boxing Clever! thumbnailWilliam Glenny boxes the air in delight after he put Ballyvea ahead.

BALLYVEA secured their place in the final of the Crebisol Bobby Dalzell Cup on Friday (1 December) night when they edged past an unlucky Mourne Rovers team, writes Midfielder.

Ballyvea...1
Mourne Rovers...0.

Rovers will be wondering how they didn't take this game to extra time at the very least, as chance after chance went begging in the second half and Ballyvea can thank some wayward finishing and poor decision-making from their counterparts for finishing this game in 90 minutes.

A large crowd attended the excellent facilities at Bignian Park to witness an early Rover Stevenson chance for Ballyvea, but he dragged his shot across goal just wide of Ronan McDowell's far post.

Ballyvea had the better of the first half and took the lead in 37 minutes when William Glenny received the ball 12 yards out and made no mistake, calmly slotting past McDowell.

Rovers tried to press Ballyvea back but didn't create anything of note in the remainder of the half.

The second half was a different affair as Rovers put Ballyvea on the back foot almost immediately.


Ryan McCullough had a glorious chance to level the scores when he went one-on-one with David Fitzpatrick but put the ball wide, and Michael Ireland should have done better when he hit the side netting from eight yards.

Then came Rovers' best chance - a corner was floated in and referee Michael McKenna, who had a solid game, deemed a pull by Philip McConnell and pointed straight to the spot.


Ciaran O'Hare stepped up and blazed his shot well over the bar. Chances followed by Ballyvea held out to make the Boxing Day Showpiece.

The Newcastle League Committee would like to thank Valley Rangers for the use of their facilities and their hospitality.

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