Magherafelt Sky Blues U11 suffered their first defeat in the league in five games but deserved at least a point in a game where the Ballymoney keeper was in top form.
It took two minutes for the first effort on goal as Daniel Barfoot’s shot was saved.
Five minutes later Gary Scott cleared two yards from the Sky Blues goal from a Ballymoney corner.
Daniel Barfoot again had a shot saved on eleven minutes and another effort blocked by a Ballymoney defender three minutes later.
With Sky Blues looking comfortable the only goal of the game came against the run of play as Charlie Diamond’s attempted clearance ended up in his own net giving Ballymoney Utd the lead and a minute later Ballymoney shot wide from close range. In the final minutes of the first half the Ballymoney keeper saved a Charlie Diamond shot and Lewis Francis fired over the cross bar from a Sky Blues corner.
As the second half got under way the Ballymoney keeper was called into action early and saved a Michael McKay’s shot in the first minute of the second half.
Man of the match Charlie Diamond thought he had equalized three minutes later as his shot was heading for the top left corner but the Ballymoney keeper somehow managed to get his fingertips to the ball and a minute later he fired a shot over the bar from fifteen yards.
Midway through the half Daniel Barfoot again had a shot saved before Callum Lagan in the Sky Blues goal pulled of two great saves in two minutes. Sky Blues now started to put more pressure on Ballymoney and with five minutes to go Michael McKay played the ball wide to Lee McMenemy, who put a great cross into the box but the ball missed Matthew McMenemy’s outstretched leg by inches.
Conail Scullion’s shot pulled another brilliant save from the Ballymoney keeper and in the last minute, as the ball was cleared out of the Ballymoney box, Matthew Walsh’s right foot shot was sailing into the bottom left corner but yet again the Ballymoney keeper got fingertips to the ball and put it past the post.