Sporting Ballymoney v St Comgalls

10.15am  15 October 2016

Ballymena Saturday Morning League, Division Two
Sporting Ballymoney 1 St Comgalls 2 (att 6)

An early flight into Belfast International Airport gave me time for decent breakfast in Ballymena before a game in the local Saturday morning league.

Despite its title, the three division competition covers quite a wide area, with teams from Antrim, Larne and, the location for my chosen game, Ballymoney.

Sporting Ballymoney joined the league as Bayern Money FC, before switching to a name a little more professional sounding. They're based at the Joey Dunlop Sports Centre, a venue whose centrepiece is the Riada Stadium, where I've previously seen Irish League football.

Thankfully, as I was banking on a new ground to visit, Sporting Ballymoney play on one of several pitches behind the stadium. They're enclosed by wooden fencing, and each pitch has a pair of dugouts.

For me the Ballymena Saturday Morning League is primarily a way of passing the time before seeing higher levels of football later in the day, but this was a very entertaining game between two decent sides.

There wasn't much between the teams, but St Comgalls just about shaded it and deserved the win, with all three goals scored in the first half. The second period may have lacked goals but it wasn't short on incident, the visitors picking up two red cards against the home side's one.

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