Ballymoney lose to Cup holders Lurgan

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Ballymoney 1st XV..............24 Lurgan 1st XV................26

BALLYMONEY 1st XV lost to league rivals Lurgan in the first round of the Gordon West Cup after conceding an injury time try.
“It was a great game for the neutral as it had plenty of drama," said coaches Hanna and Cleland. "Lurgan, to their credit, hung in there and deserved the win. They played right to the end and got their reward. We wish them best of luck in the rest of the cup."
With both sides recording some large scores in recent weeks the game had the feel of a cup final with the winner going into the next round as favourites to win the tournament. Ballymoney had the early play and were awarded two penalties ten metres out from the Lurgan line. With both kicks at difficult angles Ballymoney chose to run the penalties but a mixture of nerves and stern home defence caused turnovers and allowed Lurgan to get out easy.
The match remained scoreless until 20 minutes when Lurgan sent a clever kick deep into the Ballymoney 22 where fullback Nevin was forced into touch. From the lineout the Toon forwards halted the Lurgan assault but the referee award a penalty five metres out. The Lurgan winger was quick to respond as he took a quick tap and darted over. The kick was missed but Lurgan led 5-0.


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