Local lads bound for Ravenhill

Larne lads Connor McNeil, Kieran Thompson, David Gilkinson and Ty Mackness. INLT 29-914-CON

Larne lads Connor McNeil, Kieran Thompson, David Gilkinson and Ty Mackness. INLT 29-914-CON

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Four local boys are set to play at Ravenhill today (Saturday), representing Ballymena RFC who take on Dromore in the Ulster Carpets U17 Youth Cup final (kick-off 1pm).

The team booked their place in the showpiece last month with a fabulous 17-10 victory over rivals Carrick, having previously knocked out Premier League champions, Virginia.

The four talented team-mates – Connor McNeil, Kieran Thompson, David Gilkinson and Ty Mackness - all attend Slemish College in Ballymena and travel regularly to Eaton Park for training.

All four are key players in the team, with Connor captaining the side and securing vital points with his kicking, Kieran controlling the line-out, and David and Ty running some great lines. The squad has performed well all season – finishing third in the league – but their Cup run has seen them reach the top of their game.

Team coach, Matthew Banks, commented: “Playing at Ravenhill is a dream come true for the lads – let’s hope they come away with a victory.”