REPORT Donaghadee RFC II XV v Lisburn 2s

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Young side make their mark in perplexing circumstances – reports John West

Coming off the back of an improving performance last week in the Cup the Dee 2s travelled to their Lisburn counterparts. This season has proved a testing challenge for the 2nd XV after gaining promotion last season a change to the league structure has led to a completely revamped Junior 3 League which now contains‎ both 1st and 2nd XVs.

Again weather conditions would have a heavy influence and dictate game plans with strong winds and heavy rain. During the warm up it was clear Dee were going to have to start with fourteen men due to two players pulling out very late in the day and consequently there was no chance of getting replacements to Lisburn in time. However the fourteen Dee men led by a young Chade Gelderman (pictured), who had been handed the Captain’s armband by Stevie Cullen, got down to work very quickly and Lisburn soon knew the Dee “14” would be no pushovers. After a try by the home team the Dee men started to play some good rugby‎ but Lisburn broke and scored again. However the Dee rallied and after a strong fifty metre run by Andy Cash he was in the process of being tackled five metres fom the opposition line when Gelderman was on hand for the offload and dive over the line for Dee’s first and only score. With half time approaching the Dee lost Aaron Caughey to a shoulder injury and finished the half with 13 men and 12-5 down……. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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