McCarry goal gives Ballycastle double

Thursday, 31 May 2018

McCarry goal gives Ballycastle double thumbnailBallycastle United, winners of the Railway Arms Coleraine Steele and Sons Shieldf and the Constitution Cup pictured after Saturday’s evening’s 1-0 victory over Aghadowey.

BALLYCASTLE  United secured a unique knockout double by beating Aghadowey in the final of the Railway Arms Steele and Sons Shield at Mullaghacall.
A single Benny McCarry goal separatted the teams at the end of the ninety minutes.
The early exchanges were frantic.
Both teams carved out quite a few chances and only for expectional goalkeeping from Aghadowey custodian Gareth Keeley prevented Ballycastle from taking the lead.
At the other end, Chrissy Dempsey was proving a handful for United defenders Green and McShane.
Kelly pulled off point-blank saves from McCarry, McCahan and Butler as Ballycastle gained the upper hand during past paced first half.
This was a hard game, neither side gave way in the tackle and there was plenty of passion and endeavour on show.
But, thanks mainly to Keely and McIlroy in the Ballycastle goal, half-time arrived scoreless.
It was more of the same in  the second half. There was plenty of goal-mouth action and numerous chances created, McIlroy this time coming to Ballycastle's rescue on a few occasions.
Aghadowey were more adventurous up front and carved out some excellent chances that went abegging through Dempsey, McMullan and Milne.
This final, with nothing between two very evenly balanced sides, looked to be heading for extra-time until a rare mix-up in an otherwise solid Aghadowey defence allowed Benny McCarry to tap a loose ball into an empty net after the Aghadowey keeper and defender got in each other's way on the edge of the six-yard area.


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