24 Oct 2nds Cruise to Coleraine win
CIYMS 2nd XV welcomed Coleraine to Belmont on Saturday and lined up with a team that combined a blend of youth and experience.
CI looked dangerous with ball in hand and opened the scoring with a flowing move from right to left, Phil McVitty crossing out wide. The heavens opened as Pete McCausland added a tricky touchline conversion.
Soon after, a tight line from Ross Hackney saw him cross untouched. McCausland stepped up and surprising rattled the post from straight in front.
Coleraine were falling off tackles and a mid line break saw impressive second row Corey Jane stretch away for the score.
CI were dominating the set piece with a strong front row marching Coleraine backwards at will and Coleraine unable to gather their own line out ball. A strong scrum on the right hand side of the opposition 22 provided the platform for the final CI score of the half.
Starved of line out ball, the away side looked to tap and go and every penalty.
CI ill discipline and some baffling refereeing decisions allowed for a sustained period of attack by Coleraine.
The CI defence seemed able to hold out but one penalty proved too many and Coleraine eventually crossed in the left corner to signal halftime.
Halftime: CIYMS 26 Coleraine 5
The late Coleraine score had threatened to take the shine of an otherwise positive first half performance.
CI regained the upper hand in the first part of the second half.
They added to their tally when McVitty broke through and off loaded to Gleadhill who passed to Balmforth for the try.
A charge down by Phil ‘Apollo’ Creed and a favorable bounce saw him scamper over for the last score of the game.
The final ten minutes petered out as both sides lost a bit of steam.
The final whistle heralded a comprehensive 37-5 win for CI.
Writers man of the match goes to Phil McVitty who looked dangerous in attack and brought wise decision making to a young back line.
Promising to see young player playing open rugby in the back line and a good shift of turnovers and solid set piece ball from the old hands in the pack – bring on next week.