Cloughmills v Northend and District

10.15am  11 November 2017

Ballymena Saturday Morning League, Division Two
Cloughmills 0 Northend and District 6 (att 20)

One of my occasional day trips to Northern Ireland, and as usual after an early arrival I passed some time before my main game by dipping into the Ballymena Saturday Morning League.

The attraction of Cloughmills, other than being a new ground to visit, was that the club's active Twitter account had confirmed the game, and the venue in Rasharkin looked more interesting than multi-pitch playing fields in Ballymena.

Drumbolcan Park in Rasharkin is  good facility, surprising as far as I can tell the village no longer has a team playing Saturday afternoon football.

The single pitch, which looks quiet small, is enclosed by a wooden fence, and is next to a modern community building which includes the changing rooms. A pair of dugouts are looking a bit battered, but complete the picture of a 'proper' football ground.

Northend and District were very much a 'proper' football team, particularly in a dominant first half. They took the lead with a fantastic long range strike that wouldn't have been out of place at much higher levels of the game.

They scored three more before half time, taking ruthless advantage of some sloppy play by the hosts. Cloughmills tightened up after half time, limiting Northend to just two more goals.

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