Burns at the double for Ballynure

Ballynure Old Boys' striker Ronnie Burns
Ballynure Old Boys' striker Ronnie Burns

BALLYNURE Old Boys had a straightforward passage to the second round of the McReynolds Cup when they saw off the challenge of Clough Rangers.

A Ronnie Burns double, and strikes by Simon McGreevy and Michael Duff earned Ballynure a comprehensive 4-1 win.

Club president Michael Graham said: “After impressing in the first half, Ballynure turned in a lack-lustre performance after the interval. We huffed and puffed for most of the second session when we gave the ball away far too frequently, but thankfully we rallied and goals by Michael Duff and Ronnie Burns confirmed our superiority.”

McGreevy notched his first goal since his move from Kilbride Swifts in the 23rd minute, having been played in by Mark Leckey.

Burns almost doubled Ballynure’s lead but was denied by the visiting keeper.

At the other end Lee Singleton pulled off a brilliant double save to keep Rangers out.

Just before half-time Clough fell further behind when Leckey threaded the ball through to Burns and one-on-one with the keeper, the former Comrades man made no mistake.

Clough made a match of it with a series of attacks, but Johnny Robinson and Simon Gibson were in top form at the heart of the defence, and Singleton was not seriously tested.

It was all over bar the shouting on the hour when Duff collected a Burns pass, and fired his shot into the bottom corner.

In the 78th minute Burns added a fourth with a drive from the edge of the box into the roof of the net.

Ten minutes from time, Rangers scored a consolation strike following a poor attempted clearance.

Ballynure OB: L Singleton; Penny, Gibson, Robinson, Curlett; Middleton, Duff, Leckey, McGreevy; Burns, Lyness. Subs: C Singleton, McFarland, McIlroy.