Strang inspires Ballymoney to resounding victory

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Strang inspires Ballymoney to resounding victory thumbnailRory Strang splits the PSNI defence to get another try for Ballymoney during Saturday’s league match at Kilraughts.

A RUTHLESS Ballymoney First XV ran riot against PSNI on Saturday as they won 56-0 against the newly promoted side.
With back-to-back defeats in the league for the first time in two seasons, Ballymoney was desperate to get points on the board. Ballymoney welcomed Andrew Brown back at tight head, James Bleakly returned at blind side and Andrew Stevenson started at number eight. Absent was Ramage and McFetridge while Lewis Wray continued at open-side after a very good performance against Limavady the previous week. In the backline, Martin Irwin returned at 12 alongside Nathaniel Steele who replaced the unavailable Thomas Hunter with Jordan Neeley and David Holmes both benched.
PSNI kicked off playing towards the club house and went immediately on the attack, but the Ballymoney defence was up to the challenge and Ballymoney quickly turned the tables. From a Ballymoney scrum on halfway, Cleland made a fantastic break, releasing Nathaniel Steele only for the ball to be spilled. From the resulting scrum clearance, the backs moved the into the '22' where the pack earned a penalty. A quick tap saw the ball moved right where Steele powered over for the score with Strang converting to make it 7-0.
The home side were looking at every opportunity to stretch the larger PSNI team around the park as much as possible as they knew this would tire them out. Fifteen minutes in, a loose pass from PSNI was pounced on by Lewis Wray, giving possession back to the Toon. Nealers Mulholland drove over below the posts with Strang on hand to convert.
Try three was soon to follow from a quick tap taken inside the home '22', the ball moved out to the right hand touch line before a quick snap back released Andrew Young on the left wing. He drew the opposition full-back and fed the supporting Rory Strang to score a fantastic team try, with Rory converting to leave it 21-0 at half-time.
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