Ballynure OB 'B' (A)

Reserves
Linda Welshman Cup
Sat 15th Oct - 2:00pm
W
3-2
Cupples
Allen
Alexander
STROLLERS KNOCK OUT CUP HOLDERS
 
Ballynure OB 'B' 2-3 Wakehurst Strollers
 
Strollers started the game at a fast pace and looked keen to set the record straight after being beaten by a last minute goal in the previous meeting with Ballynure. Most of the Strollers attacking play was coming through Jolon Cupples and Charles Allen and it was the duo who were involved in the opening goal on 17 minutes, with Cupples playing the ball infield to Allen who played a defence splitting reverse pass for Cupples to get on the end of and smash the ball past the Ballynure keeper to register his first goal for the club.
 
Strollers' young defence were very solid and the returning Jordan Walker also doing an effective job protecting them and this allowed captain Charles Allen more freedom to drive forward which paid dividends on the 28th minute when he drove into the opposition half and collected the ball just inside the box and neatly finished into the corner to give the Strollers a deserved 2-0 lead. 
 
Ballynure pulled one back when the Strollers failed to properly clear a corner which fell to their striker to put the ball past the helpless Dean Adams.

This seemed to give the Wakehurst the push they needed to up their performance and good closing down by David Johnston and John Alexander forced the home goalkeeper into a mistake and left Alexander to restore the two goal lead from three yards out just before half time.
 
Half-Time: Ballynure OB 'B' 1-3 Strollers
 
The second half was very even and the Strollers seemed to be dealing comfortably with the Ballynure attacks and keeping their shape well. Eventually Ballynure's persistence did get them a second goal on the 80th minute and they also had the ball in the net again in injury time, only for it to be ruled offside. 
 
Caretaker manager Andy McDowell said it was a super performance from the lads to put out the holders and go into the next round of the cup.
 
Next Saturday the Strollers are away to Desertmartin Swifts in the Canada Trophy.

Team: Adams, Logan, Burns, Worthington, Colville (77), Johnston, Walker, Dubyna (54), Cupples, Allen (C), Alexander (63).

Subs: Nowak (63), Campbell (54), Clarke (77)