Match Report – Trevor Wilson
Photos (c) – Steve Haslett
Limavady v Donaghadee
Saturday, 16th April 2022
This week Limavady welcomed Donaghadee to the John Hunter Memorial Grounds for the semi final of the Play offs. Once again, another very pleasant sunny afternoon made conditions excellent for an entertaining game of rugby.
Limavady made a sound start when, after only five minutes on the clock, Michael Shiels was able to crash over for Limavady’s first try of the afternoon. Shortly after this Stuart Simpson finished off a fine free flowing move for try number two. Limavady’s third try was a result of Jody McMurray making a break through the centre of the pitch and then off- loading to Simpson again in support and he was able to use his strength to finish off the move. Donaghadee, at this point, responded with a try of their own. The final scoring of the half came just before the break, when after following good link play by Michael Shiels and Ben Riley, Jody McMurray took the final pass to race in and touch down near the posts. With three of their tries converted by out-half Peter Wilson Limavady entered the break with a 26.5 lead
Donaghadee struck first in the second half when they scored their second try. Limavady again took control of the game and were awarded with a further three tries. Prop, Jack McIntosh used his strength to swap aside several tackles to score in the corner. Full back, Jim McCartney then had his say as he scored twice in the last quarter. Two very similar tries with the ball moved through the hands and Jim on hand to race in and get the vital touch downs.
Final Score; Limavady 43 Donaghadee 10
This result sees Limavady safely through to the play off final where they will take on near neighbours Coleraine who were successful in their semi final against Ballymoney. This sets the season up for a very exciting climax and a large crowd is expected in Limavady next Saturday.
Limavady 2nds also were in action this week when they entertained Larne 2nds. They recorded another excellent victory by 17 points to 10. Try scorers were Austin Hargan, Aaron Reilly and Daniel Irvine.