HIGH SCORING RESULTS BY BALLYCLARE: The 1st XV in the Junior Cup crushed Belfast Harlequins 2nds 69-12 and league games saw Seconds draw 10-10 away to Cooke2nds; Thirds lost at home 27-12 to Grosvenor 2nds; Fourths won 59-17 away to Lisburn 4ths and Under 19 XV won 30-9 at Larne.

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This Junior Cup game was sponsored by Davison and Associates and match-ball by David Houston. Once again a “Senior” club`s Seconds proved little real match for a Qualifying side and no visiting officials appeared at the pre-match lunch. Ballyclare made a few changes as Baillie,Jackson and R.Boyd were promoted with Steve Morrow at scrum Half for the first time since at school. An early run by Reid made ground and clean lineout ball by Heaney allowed Jackson to break clear for a try converted by Russell to lead 7-0.Next the Clare moved the ball at pace and Baillie put skipper Logan in with Russell again converting. More strong running rugby from the home side resulted in Clotworthy going over for a try which he converted to lead 21-0. As the home team dominated Steve Morrow broke from half way to get a fine solo score near the corner. The same player followed his own kick ahead to get another try out wide for a 31-0 lead.
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Quins did come back close to the interval with a converted try which really was a consolation as the Clare were well ahead.Early in the second half the home pack drve deep and Moore made ground to enable Morrow to put centre Jackson in at the posts weth Clotworthy adding the points to go 38-7 ahead. Following a mid-field surge from the busy Morrow Robert Boyd who had replaced Heaney stretched over to score and again Clotworthy added the points. Ballyclare continued to control play and a surge by Logan gave winger Reid the chance to get the next try which brought up 50 points. Flanker McGrugan then did the spadework to allow Clotworthy to go in for a score that he convertedto make it 57-7. In a rare attack by the visitors they managed another consolation score. A break by Logan and the home backs ended with Morrow going in to get his hat-trick of tries out wide. near the end winger Weatherup raced away from half-way to score the final try converted by Clotworthy to make it 69-12— a fairly one- sided affair and a very comprehensive victory to the White Hares.
Team S.Baillie;J.Reid,G.Clotworthy,J.Jackson,G.Weatherup;I.Russell,S.Morrow; A.Boyd,R.Scott,G.Watters;C.Purce,I.Heaney; A.McGrugan,W.Logan(capt)N.Moore

Cooke 2nds 10 Ballyclare 2nds 10
The Seconds were forced to make ten changes for the trip to Shaw`s Bridge to play Cooke but despite this according to skipper Michael Stevenson did well in the set pieces though the home pack were bigger. The Seconds took an early 3-0 lead with a penalty by Andy Watson but Cooke soon levelled from a similar score. The Clare boys were under some pressure up front but it was still 3-3 at half-time.
In the second half Cooke lost a player and the Seconds regained the lead when flanker Stephen Wright raced in for a try which was converted by Chris Gillen. But the home side broke throughtheir centre and the conversion made it 10-10. After this the Seconds did have a couple of chances from penalties but Watson was off target. A draw seemed to be a fair result. The Seconds had good performances up front by Birkmyre, Green and Nathan with Watson steady at scrum-half.
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The Thirds faced a youthful Grosvenor side which had real pace in their back-line but the first half was fairly even and it was 7-6 at the interval 16 Picture Slideshow Of Ballyclare IIIs v GHSFP – CLICK HERE – Picture Courtesy Of Gleno Photos, contact David Irvine on georgedirvine@aol.com
The thirds had a try by Kyle Norton converted by Andrew Alexander against two penalties. But in the second half the visitirs backs posed a real threat and they ran in three scores. However a try by Mark Thompson helped to keep it closer . There was a man of the match performance from centre David Crawford.
LISBURN 4ths 17 BALLYCLARE 4ths 59
The Fourths remain unbeaten and in this game scored no fewer than nine tries with seven conversions from Skipper John Wasson.They built up a 38-5 lead by halftime and had tries from Davy Wallace,Neil Reynolds,Harry Gaston,Stewart Gowdy on his debut and Mark Fox.
In the second half man of the match Gaston scored again as well as Wasson and Wallace and also Fox. Keith Marshall and Gary Ashe came on as subs while hooker Williamson was outstanding.
Ballyclare`s U.19 side started their league campaign at the Glynn against Larne. The visitors attacked early on with Chris Gawn getting the opening try out wide. Next from a short penalty Craig Wallace burst through for a try converted by Chris Harvey to lead 12-0. More good play by the pack ended with Wallace going in to score again . Larne managed a penalty to make it 17-3 at the interval.
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In the second half Ballyclare were well in control but Larne cut the lead to 17-9 from two penalties. Then Harvey kicked a penalty and later added another to go 23-9 ahead. Wallace got over to claim a hat trick of scores and Harvey converted to leave it 30-9 at the end to Ballyclare.man of the match was centre Jack Bowers but Craig Wallace was also outstanding having got over for three tries in a fine league win.

Ballyclare U17s v Malone U17s – Picture Slideshow Here.

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Ballyclare Youth Blitz Day Slideshow Pictures: Ballyclare Youth hosted A Blitz Day attended By BHSFP, Larne, Ballyclare, and Ballymena.
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Seconds v Armagh 2nds (away); Fourths v Shorts (home); Under 19 XV should also have a league game.

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