Vikki Milligan’s girls had the edge in a scoreless first half at Ballyclare High School grounds on Saturday, but the Braid girls mastered the wet and windy conditions better in the second session to run out 3-0 winners.
Kerrie Bell, Suzanne Dickey, Jaquie Hanley and Milligan all had shots on target in the early stages but the Ballymena defence held out.
At the opposite end, Sara Coulter had to make several blocks, while Jade Purdy and Lorraine Ashcroft produced important clearances from several penalty corners.
The loss of Purdy with an ankle injury and playing against the elements in the second half proved to be too much for the locals.
Ballyclare Ladies panel: S Coulter, G McMaw, J Purdy, E Gamble, L Ashcroft, K Bell, S Dickey, K McLeod, V Milligan (AC), K Glenn, D McClenaghan, J McGowan, J Hanley.
The club’s Fashion Show and Cocktail Night later in the evening raised over £600 for club funds.
Magnificent seven for Glade girls
Mossley Ladies scored seven without reply to sink Saintfield on Saturday.
They Glade girls dominated the Senior 3 clash with goals from Kathryn Lorimer (two) Tori Wallace (two), Nicola McMillan, Rachel McWhinney and Robyn Chambers.
Jill Arbuckle’s solitary strike made it a happy Halloween for Mossley’s Seconds as they defeated Ballymoney III 1-0 on Friday evening.
Mossley Player of the Match: Lois Craig.
Mossley Fourths continued their unbeaten league run with a 1-0 win over Bangor II at the Aurora on Friday.
In what proved to be their toughest game to date, the Mossley defence were put through their paces. But Janice Wilson’s persistence paid off late in the match, leaving Bangor no way back.