Derry Colts record superb victory in Ballymena

Ballymena . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Derry Colts . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Hot on the heels of their excellent away point at Sion Swifts last week in a North-West derby, Derry Colts produced another excellent performance on the road having travelled to Ballymena last Friday night.

Ballymena started the game on the front foot with their excellent midfield trio causing the Colts all sorts of problems but gradually Derry found their feet and began to dictate the play themselves and they deservedly took the lead midway through the first half when Aaron McCullough rifled a shot from the edge of the box into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Ballymena bounced back strongly in search of an equaliser but the Colts back four of Ronan Dobbins, Adam McColgan, Oisin McDaid and Dylan Sheerin were in sparkling form and repelled everything that the ‘Braidmen’ threw at them.

At the other end, Aaron McGurk and Tom Mullan forced saves from the Ballymena keeper but the score remained 0-1 at the break.

The second half started in a similiar vein as the first with Ballymena pressing but once again the Colts midfield duo of Shea McConomy and Keenan Diver began to get a grip of the game and with 20 minutes remaining Derry Colts doubled their lead when Connolly Kelly smashed the ball home after the Ballymena keeper mis-judged the flight of the ball.

Five minutes later the game was over as a contest when the Colts netted the goal of the game, a wonderful flowing passing move involving Connolly Kelly and Conor Mc Gowan ended with Aaron Mc Cullough firing a first time shot past the keeper to give the away side a 3-0 lead.

Ballymena scored a consolation goal in the final minutes but the Colts held on for a crucial victory and now look forward to carrying their recent good form into their home fixture against Glenavon next weekend.