Kurki Qualifying 2 Limavady 1XV v Carrickfergus 1XV
John Hunter Memorial Ground, Limavady 6th October 2012
Limavady continued their disappointing start to the season with a loss to Carrickfergus on Saturday. The home team continued the trend of getting off to a bright start, and once again got off the mark first when fullback Aaron Brolly slotted home a penalty from the 22.
Carrick’s retaliation was quick, and where able to turnover the roesiders and ease through the defence to score under the posts. Minutes later again Carrick where able to turn over Limavady, this time on the halfway, and centre J. Waddy strolled through once again for his second in as many minutes.
The remainder of the half was uneventful. There where some big tackles from Perry Semple and Chris Hunter, but neither side where able to take any advantage of the mistakes which dogged the game. Aaron Brolly came close with a penalty at the Halftime mark. HT 14-7
After some heated words from the coaches, the all blacks came out pumped for the second half and got off to a near perfect start, when Carrick where penalised for infringements in the rucks, which led to the prop forward being sin binned. Limavady won the resulting lineout, and moved the ball quickly threw the backline and Steven Kilburn scored in the corner. Carrick where further penalised for arguing with the referee and the home team where award a penalty on the halfway in stead of the restart. Kiwi flyhalf Greg Jordan once again opted for the sideline.
From here Limavady punished Carrick further with a near identical move that got the first try, this time second row Johnny King decided to break through the visitors defence and scored under the posts and Aaron Brolly converted to give the home team a 15-14 lead.
The lead was short lived, and minutes before the sin binned player was to return, Limavady prop John Harbinson got his marching orders for stamping in the ruck. The penalty was converted by J. Sheriff.
With a man short Limavady struggled, Johnny King, was effective at the breakdown and captain Brian Hamilton was able to turn over Carrick on 2 occasion, but the home team couldn’t seem to clear there lines.
With both side backs to full strength, Carrick where still able to dominate, particularly in the scrum. Evidence of this came in the 75 minute, when they decided to take a 5 metre scrum rather than the penalty. After numerous resets, they where award a penalty try which put the game to bed. FT 24-15
No games for any sides at the club next week, with the first team returning to action on the 20th October where they will aim to get their first victory against newly promoted Randalstown.
Minor League (North): Limavady 3XV v Finn Valley 1XV
John Hunter Memorial Ground, Limavady: 6th October 2012
The thirds winning streak continued over the weekend leaving them on beaten in six games, but they got a much harder test than many would have expected.
A first half penalty from Alan Steen, and a try from Johnny Loughrey which involved a tremendous solo effort from the half way line, gave Limavady a 12-3 halftime lead. HT12-3
Finn Valley where not here to make up numbers and hit back after the break with a well worked try to leave them within a couple of points. But another penalty from Steen, and a try from co-captain Glen Anderson gave Limavady a well earned victory, and a winning streak to be proud off. FT 18-10
The thirds, along with the first and second teams have a weekend off next week but return to action Tir Chonaill.