Ballymoney enjoy bonus point win against Limavady

Thursday, 14 December 2017

BALLYMONEY entertained neighbours Limavady at home on Saturday in the last league game of the year.
The home side's forwards were unchanged from their last game but injuries to player-coach James Cleland, and Matthew Bell and Thomas Hunter unavailable, Simon McCrea and Neil Johnson started on the wings with Andy Young moving to Fullback. Aaron Brown returned to second centre where he performed well against UUC. Although there was snow on the pitch the ground was soft so the game went ahead.
There was a large support with 100 people attending the pre-match lunch and many of them feared the cold weather and snowy conditions would lead to a dull affair - but the game could not have been more different with the young Limavady team starting fast, moving the ball well and catching Ballymoney's defence napping.
This allowed their centre to break a tackle and stroll over for the first converted try.
Again, some Ballymoney mistakes in defence allowed Limavady to gain territory and after some good phases they were awarded a penalty which they kicked to the corner. The catch and drive was successful and they notched up another try - this time unconverted. The lead was now 0-12 with 10 minutes played.
Ballymoney then reclaimed the kick-off and went on the attack. After repeated driven lineouts they were held up short but quick ball to second row James Bleakly saw him use his quick feet to beat his opposite defender to dive over for the home team's first score. Rory Strang missed the kick but Ballymoney were now on the scoreboard at 5-12.
Ballymoney were on the scoreboard again as they were now starting to stamp their authority in the scrum and the defensive play. Some good play in attack by hooker Peter Irvine took the ball to the try line.
The pass from Matthew Steel to outhalf Rory Strang cut out the Limavady defence and Rory used his pace and strength to beat his marker and score below the posts.
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