Seven-goal Burns is too hot to handle

Ronnie Burns scored seven for Ballynure OB on Saturday. Photo: Philip McCloy.
Ronnie Burns scored seven for Ballynure OB on Saturday. Photo: Philip McCloy.

RONNIE Burns broke Ballynure OB records at the weekend when he hit seven for the club’s 2nd XI.

With the senior side idle, Ronnie, who is their leading scorer, took the opportunity to sharpen his shooting skills by turning out for the reserves, and helped them to an emphatic 11-2 win against Carniny Amateurs II.

Robert Houston (two), Craig Hegarty and Paddy Gregory also hit the target, and the win lifted Angus Henry’s lads up to second place in the Ballymena Junior League Division 2 table.

Commenting club chairman, Michael Graham, said: “We decided to give Ronnie a run-out with the reserves, and he played a major part in the massive win.

“It’s not that Carniny were a bad team, it was Ronnie who made the difference; he was absolutely lethal in front of goal, so let’s hope that he has some left in the locker for the seniors on Saturday, when they travel to Clough Rangers to fulfil a Premier Division fixture.”

Ballynure OB ‘B’: John McCormick; Jonny Graham, Simon Gibson, Gareth Curlett, Darren Guy; Craig Hegarty, Matthew McClurg, James Goodman, Simon McGreevy; Ronnie Burns, Robert Houston. Subs: John Guy, Paddy Gregory, Josh McIlroy.

Meanwhile, club chairman Willie Strange and his wife Andrea, who is honorary treasurer, have indicated that they will be retiring at the end of the season.