Downpatrick Prove Too Strong For Ballynagross

Downpatrick FC enjoy league win over Ballynagross

The Newcastle and District Amateur Football League,

Premiere League Match,

Venue: Dunleath Park, Saturday 23rd March,

Downpatrick  FC  4   0 Ballynagross FC.

Downpatrick entertained near neighbours Ballynagross  in this league encounter  played at Dunleath Park and went ahead on three minutes when a left wing corner fell to the feet of Con Farrell who made no mistake and volleyed home to make it 1-0 writes Cyril McKinney.

Ballynagross grew into the game and enjoyed some good possession but could not create a clear cut scoring chance.

Downpatrick’s Anthony Carson in action with Ballynagross defender Timothy Collins. (Photos by Cyril McKinney ©)

Downpatrick were playing with a strong wind in the first half and on 44 minutes Downpatrick striker Dylan Kelly scored direct from a right wing corner by using the wind seeing the ball loop over keeper Ryan McCoubrey and ended up in the net to make it 2-0 at hal-time.   

Into the second half and with both sides struggling with the bumpy pitch and good passing football was difficult but on 51 minutes a slide rule pass from Downpatrick left winger Carson split the Ballynagross defence.

It sent McAlister clear on the right flank and he then tapped a great ball across the six yard box to the back post where Montgomery was closing in to make it 3-0 to the home side.

Joseph Burns, Ballynagross forward, presses down the left as Downpatrick midfielder Nathan McAlister challenges.

To their credit Ballynagross players said ”let’s go for it” on the restart and went on the offensive and did pose a few tests for the Downpatrick defence but found Con Farrell and keeper Ruairi Murphy up to the task.

Then on 85 minutes Downpatrick won a corner on the right wing and from the kick the ball was was met by the head of McAlister hitting in to the back post to ensure Downpatrick took all 3 points.

Downpatrick were the dominant team on the day, but Ballynagross played with a good spirit against a stronger team.

Ballynagross players Timothy Collins and Corey Davis try and block Downpatrick sub Jake Harding from attacking their goal area.

Downpatrick FC: Ruairi Murphy, Ryan Cassidy, Morgan Fitzpatrick, Shea Holland, Con Farrell , Adrian McCoubrey, Nathan McAlister, Josh Montgomery, Dylan Kelly, Aaron McGarry, Anthony Carson. Subs: Andrew McCoubrey, Damien Turley for Aaron McGarry, Jake Harding for Anthony Carson.

Ballynagross FC: Ryan McCoubrey, Timothy Collins, Ryan Tumelty, Corey Davis, Christopher Campbell, Conor  Marron, John Shields, Tom Savage,  Joseph Burns, Liam Graham, Jack Zych. Subs: Declan Dowie for Conor Marron