Donaghadee v Limavady
Saturday, 26th March 2022
Limavady travelled this week to Donaghadee for their final away league fixture of the season. The game was played in beautiful spring conditions and the quality of the game reflected this. Donaghadee were coming off the back of a fine victory over Coleraine and were therefore hopeful of pushing Limavady all the way. However this did not prove to be the case with Limavady at their clinical best running in six well worked tries.
The game was only one minute old when out-half Peter Wilson slotted over a penalty and within just another two minutes Michael Shiels dived in for Limavady’s first try. The pace at which Limavady started seemed to catch Donaghadee unawares and within twenty minutes Limavady were twenty points up. Brandon Maxwell finished off a well worked backs move and just a short time after this Ben Riley scored try number three. Donaghadee rallied and got a bit of a foothold in the game and in this period managed to close the gap to just ten points as their prop forward and scrum half managed to cross the Limavady scoreline for tries apiece.
Half Time: Donaghadee 10 Limavady 20
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with Limavady again dominating. Jamie Millar intercepted a pass on his own 22 to race clear and touch down for the bonus point. Out half, Peter Wilson was next on the score sheet as he weaved a path through the home defence to give his side the cushion they needed going into the final quarter. The try of the day followed this with excellent handling by several players leading to Jamie Millar scoring his second try.
Final Score: Donaghadee 10 Limavady 39
This was an excellent result for the league leaders. The only downside was that three injuries were picked up and hopefully these will clear up quickly. Clive Scott and Jamie Millar both left the pitch as a result of ankle injuries and Michael Shiels suffered a facial injury. The pack worked hard today but this result was mainly down to the clinical finishing of a free flowing back line with Jamie Millar putting in a man of the match performance.
Next week it’s back to the John Hunter Memorial grounds where the opponents will be near neighbours, Coleraine. With both these sides occupying the top two positions in the league table this should be a tightly contested affair.
Limavady Second Rower, Michael Shields
8-Ben Riley (C)
Pic (c) Steve Haslett