The unbeaten Ballyclare Under 19 side travelled to Carrick for a vital league game and took an early 5-0 lead with a try by top scorer Craig Wallace.
The lead was increased by a penalty from Chris Harvey and before the interval Lewis Campbell went in for an unconverted try to build up a useful 13-0 lead.
Carrick started the second half strongly and began to win more ball only to be halted by a series of superb tackles from Jack Bowers. Unfortunately Wallace was yellow carded and Carrick eventually got a deserved converted to reduce the Clare lead.
But great work up front by Jonny Potts and man of the match Clarke McCartney kept the Clare boys together and then a mid field break ended with Campbell racing over for a try to give the team an 18-7 lead which they held to the end.According to coach Robin Byers there were strong performances from Bowers and Mark Wright.
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The result means that the side cannot be caught in the league and a big appeal comes from coach Byers for support on Saturday when the team take on Randalstown at the Cloughan and a win captures the league section.
All credit to the Carrick U19 side who battled through out in a hard fought contest, with superb individual skills and a very good team spirit, we managed to get a clip of one of their scores and an interview with their coach. With a good number of spectators this was a thrilling game to watch, the Carick team can hold their head high and we look forward to catching up with them again in the season.
Below the referee for the game gives his thoughts on refereeing at this level and adding in the intensity of a local derby