The opening quarter of the match was primarily a game of aerial ping pong with neither side wanting to risk running the ball in difficult conditions. Service were awarded a penalty part way through the first half which was converted by Moore Holmes jr. Following this, the Service pack started to gain ascendency in the set pieces and Service gained the confidence to try to play with the ball in hand a bit more, exerting a sustained period of attack on the Strabane line, which finally culminated in Moore jr again adding to the scoreline by crossing the tryline, after the home team missed a number of opportunities to score.
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Strabane then gained control of the ball and continued to make ground through a combination of forward driving and tactical kicking, which resulted in a successful penalty.
Half-Time: Civil Service 8-3 Strabane
The second half started in a similar vein, with Service attempting to play a more expansive game and Strabane continuing to play the more forward dominated game. Shortly into the second half, man of the moment, Moore Holmes jr had to leave the pitch after losing ‘a number of teeth’ in a tackle which left Service down to 14. Shortly after this, new Service full back Johnny Wilson was tackled heavily and went down with a suspected neck injury. The match was temporarily halted as an ambulance was called and Johnny was taken off to hospital – fortunately, he suffered only a concussion.
Service were now down to 13 men against a full strength Strabane with 20 minutes still to play, having watched two of their teammates leave the pitch with potentially serious injuries. What followed was a textbook demonstration of how to hold onto a lead in such circumstances. The Service pack controlled the ball for the next twenty minutes ensuring that despite their efforts Strabane were limited to a limited number of backline attacks, which the depleted Service backline was able to repel with a combination of disciplined drift defence and desperate last ditch tackling.
Final Score: Civil Service 8-3 Strabane
Man of the match: Entire Service pack, which worked as one unit in the last quarter to keep Strabane out.
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