8 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 2nds 3
Ballymena 5ths 32
Monaghan 2nds headed to Eaton Park in Ballymena for the 2nd round of the Forster cup but found their hosts far too expierenced and wily for them.

Ballymena 5ths is made up primarily of players who have retired from playing senior rugby for the club and now choose to play socially for the 5ths. While their fitness may not be what it once was they were, they can still play very good rugby. Togging out on this accasion were 11 players with 10 or more years senior rugby expierence and 6 whom played on their AIL Div 1 winning side of 10 years ago. Monaghan could not expect to match such expierence. But they were spirited in their efforts even if ultimately they returned home unrewarded.

From the kick off Monaghan tried to dictate the pace and went on the offensive for the opening 5 minutes but were unable to break down the resolute home defence. Ballymena slowly seized the inititive and after 10 minutes opened the scoring with a well organised driving maul from a lineout inside the visitors 22. The conversion was missed and Monaghan set about reducing the arrears.

On 15 minutes they got their first real chance to do so but Aaron Dolan was narrowly wide with a penalty kick from a tight angle on the right side of …

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