Causeway Chronicle

Man of the Match display from Donnell

Heights Reserves 5 Ballymoney RBL 0

A fine evening for football at the ropewalk seen both sides trade possession in a scrappy start to this one. 

The visitors had arguably the better of the opening chances with Kennedy standing firm in the heights goal. 

It took until 25 minutes into the half for the game to settle with the heights finally taking control of the game and threatening to get in behind the visitors back line. 

The deadline was broken on the half hour mark when Campbell played a well measured ball over the top for Donnell put the ball over the on rushing keeper and nod home from ose range. 1-0

2 minutes later and Donnell doubled his tally when a quick free kick from McCandless set him free to put a left footed half volley past the stranded ballymoney keeper. 2-0

Spurred on by the goals heights were really going through the gears now and Donnell would complete the perfect hatrick on 39 minutes when Donnelly made a great run from the back to force a good save from the keeper only to see Donnell follow up the rebound with a calm right footed finish. 3-0

The second half began as the first ended with heights continuing the control the game with Donnelly and mcafee putting in fantastic displays at the back dealing with everything that came their way. 

Heights would end any chance of a comeback from the visitors when young Quinn held the ball up well, turned his man and produced a fine finish from the edge of the box. 

Quinn grabbed his second goal after some good link up play by Walsh and mcneill saw Quinn head into the far side of the net from a tight angle. 

The last 10 minutes seen more resolute defending from the home side and the visitors pushed for a consolation that wasn’t to come. 

MOTM Andy Donnell

Special mention to Tiernan Walsh, Connor Mccolgan, Alex McCreedie and Johnny McNeil who all put in great shifts on their home debuts for the club. 

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Aaron McCullough