Ballymoney lay down the law

Thursday, 7 December 2017

BALLYMONEY returned to league action and winning ways on Saturday as they eared a bonus point victory away from home against PSNI.
The starting line up was similar to that which was narrowly defeated by Armagh Seconds in the Junior Cup the previous weekend. On the bench the side welcomed back Andy Young following his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Ballymoney started off the brighter team and attacked the PSNI line with resolute defence forcing either a turnover or an error which saw the PSNI half backs put in some long clearance kicks. Ballymoney had the advantage at the set piece which meant they were able to work play back into the PSNI '22'.
A clever dink from scrum-half Matthew Steele over the top of the PSNI defence was rushed onto by out-half Rory Strang who leapt like a salmon to tower over the opposition and gather the ball and race clear from the '22' to score. The well-worked try had been practiced between the students in their back garden during the week and their efforts were handsomely rewarded. James Cleland added the extra points to give Ballymoney a 0-7 lead with fifteen minutes played.
PSNI used their large pack and back line to good effect with the forwards keeping the ball tight and then running lines from the powerful centres which took them over the gain line. Ballymoney defence however were able to scramble to enforce a number of errors and repeal any danger. The half in greasy conditions was a bit error strung with either sides attacks breaking down before a chance of points could be taken.
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