Burns disappointed as weather hits Cup clash

Ballynure OB boss, Gary Burns.
Ballynure OB boss, Gary Burns.

For the second weekend in succession Ballyclare Comrades Reserves and Ballynure Old Boys were left without a game at the weekend because of adverse weather conditions.

Both are flying high at the moment with the Wee Reds closing in on their third consecutive Ballymena Junior League Division 1 title, while the villagers are also chasing silverware.

Gary Burns’ lads have their sights on a place in the semi-final of the McReynolds League Cup, but their local derby with Rathcoole at The Diamond was called off as early as Friday morning because of a waterlogged surface.

“That was disappointing, for I think that a win would have secured our place in the knockout stages of this cup,” said Burns.

“This McReynolds Cup is confined to the nine Premier League sides, and is played on a round-robin basis this season, with each team having four home and four away fixtures,” he explained.

“To date, we have won three and drawn one, and only Brantwood, with a 100 per cent record are better off, so we are nearly there.”

He added: “The recent capture of Ricky Higgins from Ballyclare Comrades has boosted our chances immensely.

“In Ricky and my brother Ronnie we have the best strike pairing in the league. In their first two outings together they have scored eight goals, and I think that defences will find it hard to contain them during the second half of the season,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ballyclare Comrades Reserves were also left without a match when their league fixture in Desertmartin also fell foul of the weather.

“We had been particularly looking forward to this one against Desertmartin Swifts who are our main challengers for the title,” stated manager Stephen Hughes.

“We beat them 6-2 at home, so we were confident that we could have completed the double, so now we look forward to entertaining Tobermore United Reserves this weekend.

“I have signed local teenager Craig Todd from Ballymena United Reserves, and he should be available for this match at Threemilewater Park,” he ended.