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Towns’ Cup defeat for Ballymoney

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Ballymoney............................19
Carrick...................................27

BALLYMONEY 1st XV took a break from league action on Saturday as they placed Carrick in the second round of the Towns' Cup.
The opening ten minutes was all Ballymoney as the team kept the ball through several phases involving both forwards and backs.
A knock on by Ballymoney allowed Carrick to clear their lines from the scrum before the larger Carrick team applied pressure at the scrum which resulted in them receiving the penalty which they kicked deep into the Ballymoney half. Strong running took them right to the try line and with the Ballymoney team struggling to get grip in the mucky conditions they pushed over for the game's first try. The conversation was missed but Carrick now lead by five points after fifteen minutes.
The next fifteen minutes was all Carrick. They increased the intensity and put their large runners from their forwards into play.
It was an intensity and physicality that Ballymoney had not experienced in Qualifying Three and Carrick did not give them time to acclimatise as hard running from their second row and back row broke the gain line. This meant they were able to pop the ball up to more runners as they came through. This resulted in an unconverted score on the 20 minute mark and took the score to 10-0.

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