Sunny Sunday afternoon saw Ballymoney ladies visit Carrick in the 4th match of the Ulster 3rd Division league. A hard physical match ensued, resulting in a 7-26 victory for Ballymoney.
Carrick started well, putting pressure on the visitors and getting close to the line, however the pressure was returned with Ballymoney scoring and converting to bring the score to 0-7. The first half was very much a forwards affair, with impressive tackles, lineouts and scrums from both sides. An increased drive by previously undefeated Carrick was unsuccessful as Ballymoney went over the line again and kicked a successful conversion. The half time whistle was blown on an intensely tough and physical match with the score at 0-14.
Injuries dictated a Carrick reshuffle going into the second half and the match restarted with increased determination and drive from both sides, with the backs being much more involved then the previous half. Uncontested scrums were introduced by the referee due to injury, which disadvantaged the strong Carrick pack. A heroic run from Hilary Cawood and conversion from Arlene Devine brought the score to 7-14 not long after the restart. Another Carrick try attempt was broken down by a strong Ballymoney defence later in the half.
Despite some superb defending from Carrick, Ballymoney made a dash for the line and scored another 2 tries, with 1 conversion. The final whistle blew, making the final score 7-26 to a deserving Ballymoney side. This defeat brought to an end Carrick’s unbeaten run, however they remain top of the Division 3 league.