CIYMS 2nd XV 47 v Clogher Valley 2nd XV 7 24/11/2012
Saturday saw the visit of Clogher Valley 2nd’s to Belmont in the Junior League one clash. Having come off the back of two good away wins, the 2nd XV were keen to keep the momentum moving in the right direction with the first home game for a few weeks. Bolstered by a number of returning players who were not available through injury and work commitments, the team, lead by Duncan Gleadhill was a strong one.
Clogher started the better with a number of short runs from rucks coming from their enthusiastic back row. However, in truth they never looked like breaking through a defensive line that was organised and was demonstrating good line speed.
CI had to wait 15 minutes for the first score. From first phase ball, good handling from Neil Wallace, Gareth O’Neill and Ollie Morrison allowed for Andrew Balmforth to be in the right place at the right time to cross in the corner. While Dan McVicar could not add the extras, it was a sign of things to come. The second and third scores were all done up front. Excellent work by Brett Lennox, Chris Davidson, Tom Stevenson and Stuart Hackney at the line out created the platform for Duncan Gleadhill to muscle his way over from the rolling maul, for the first of his two tries.
From then on CI dominated up front. Strong runs from Omar in the loose, followed up with good link play with Morty and Chris Davidson created the platform for Dan McVicar and Stephen Foster to dictate the game with a certain amount of ease. Clogher continued to compete at the breakdown and Ricky Kirkwood was particularly unlucky not to score in the corner on a number of occasions after the rehearsed back moves were well executed.
Ian McWilliams showed why he is under rated in the loose by collecting a lot of short ball from the breakdown and it was his initial break that allowed for Neil Wallace to cross for our last score. His ‘dancing feet’ baffled the Clogher centres from the 3rd phase and he went in under the posts to secure a 47-7 win.
In truth, it could have been more, but with everyone contributing in both the loose and the set piece, a good day at the office for the 2nds and pleasing to put a sequence of good wins together.
Saturday sees the team at Banbridge which will be another tough encounter, but for now, the boys can enjoy a well-deserved victory.
FINAL SCORE: CI: 47 Clogher Valley: 7