Images & Report Limavady & Lisburn Rugby !

Match Report by Trevor Wilson
Photos by Steve Haslett
Limavady v Lisburn
Saturday, 20th November 2021

Limavady 1st XV

1-Clive Scott
2-Adam Miller
3-Jack McIntosh
4-Jack Townley
5-Michael Rice
6-Michael Shiels
7-Joel Boucher
8-Ben Riley (C)

9-Peter Wilson
10-Gav Martin
11-Matthew Haslett
12-Jamie Millar
13-Jack Craig
14-Brandon Maxwell
15-Jim McCartney

16-Adam McIlmoyle
17-John Purcell

This Saturday saw a top v bottom contest as Limavady welcomed Lisburn to the John Hunter Memorial Grounds. With Limavady having won all their fixtures this season and Lisburn having lost all their’s, it was really a David and Goliath confrontation

The game did not start well for Lisburn, as with only five minutes on the clock, and spectators still arriving, they found themselves 12.0 down. Right from the kick off Limavady fielded and moved the ball wide to Brandon Maxwell to race in to touch down in the corner. Three minutes later, opposite wing, Matthew Haslett used his strength to force his way over. Things were not to get any better for Lisburn as the half progressed with Limavady scoring another three tries. It was now the forwards turn to take on the scoring mantle with firstly Clive Scott finishing off following a five metre line out and secondly, Michael Shiels, on debut, scoring his first try for his new club, thus securing the bonus point. Sandwiched between these two tries Lisburn had their only success of the afternoon when they opted to kick a penalty and thus avoiding the whitewash. Jim McCartney, not wanting to be left out, scored try number five and the first half was rounded off when Branden Maxwell got his second.

Half-time: Limavady 34 Lisburn 3

The second half was much the same with Limavady adding four further tries. Two more from Jim McCartney, Michael Shiels adding his second and Matthew Haslett finishing off a fine flowing move to score in the corner. With five of the tries converted by Peter Wilson Limavady ran out worthy winners by 60 points to 3

Full-time: Limavady 60 Lisburn 3

Overall, another fine performance with six different players getting on the score sheet. Lisburn will be disappointed with their performance especially as they suffered three yellow cards due to ill discipline. Limavady will be delighted with another victory and a good all round performance from all the players, especially the two “quiet men” of the team, Michael Rice and Joel Butcher very much to the fore.

The Seconds and Thirds were also in action, against Coleraine Seconds and City of Derry Thirds respectively. The Seconds lost 27.19 and the Thirds losing out by 37.14. Special mention to Ben Keightly who suffered a broken leg and Stephen Irons a fractured rib in the Coleraine game and the Club wish them both a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing them back on the pitch again very soon.

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