Ballymena Youth Dominate in Limavady Saturday 07 October 2017
Ballymena’s youth rugby sides travelled to Limavady hoping to continue their strong start to the season. From the outset, the Under 18s took the game to their hosts with Francis and Ramsey dominating in the scrum Limavady were unable to secure ball in mid field. O’Kane made a strong run before passing to captain Pattison. Houston joined in the move before releasing scrum half McKay for his first try of the season. Limavady worked hard to get into the game but with openside flanker Scott dominating in the loose it was only a matter of time before the Braid boys were back on the front foot. Woulahan ripped a ball from a Limavady forward and released Ritson. His run saw the him take the ball deep into the opposition twenty-two before passing to McIlwaine who crashed over for the second try of the game. Ritson converted and the 18s were now firmly in control of the game. From the kick-off Fullerton collected the ball and ran hard into the Limavady half. A quick pass saw the ball moved to the impressive Moxham. The outside centre took full advantage of the disorganisation in the Limavady defence to run in the first of his five tries. As the half was coming to a close Haveron shrugged off several tackles before releasing Walker who crossed for a try under the posts. The second half proved to be a one way street with Ballymena again taking control of the contact area. Surgeoner and McAuley combined well to put the 18s deep into Limavady territory. A quick pass from Scullion saw McLoughlin combine with Boyle. His pass released Moxham who drove through a despairing tackle for a second try. It was only a matter of minutes before Morrison collected a kick and ran strongly at the defence. Kasthuriarachchi joined in and the Limavady defence was again breached allowing Moxham to score under the posts. The highlight of the morning was possible Moxham’s last try. A shrewd lick from Harpur saw the ball put behind the Limavady defence. Moxham ran through and flicked the ball forward. The ball then bounced up perfectly for the outside centre and he gratefully collected the ball before running in his last try and the final try of the game. This was a first class performance from the 18s and the challenge is now to take this fine form into the next game against City of Derry.
Final Score – Limavady 5 Ballymena 53.