City of Derry RFC 3rd XV vs Ballyshannon Match Report
By Louis Fields
10 try Derry hammer Ballyshannon
Ballyshannon RFC 5 - 60 City of Derry RFC
The mighty threes were once again on the road on Saturday when they travelled to Ballyshannon for their fixture in the Regional West Competition. After failing to field the previous week, Shannon's struggles continued when they were only able to field 14 players against a young and hungry Derry side.
Derry opened the scoring in the first 5 minutes when Kevin O'Connor crossed over, with the try converted by Daragh Mullan. Derry maintained this pressure with Shane Beattie
scoring minutes later. The forwards carried well in the middle of the pitch, creating space for the deadly backline to finish. In particular, debutant Alexandre Landreau showed some French flair stepping his way around the defence, finishing 2 tries in similar fashion within the first 40 minutes.
A penalty allowed Shannon to apply some pressure of their own in the Derry 22 but a miss pass was read perfectly by Daragh Mullan, who plucked it from the air and ran 85 meters to score.
HT score 36-0 to Derry.
The second half saw some changes to the Derry team as they emptied the bench but their dominance continued.
A fantastic line break from Daragh Mullan running from deep put Kevin O'Connor in for his 2nd try of the day. The Derry backline continued their dominance with Shane Beattie
adding to his tally and complete his first senior hat-trick, with Daragh Mullan crossing again.
To Ballyshannon's credit they never gave up, despite offers from the referee, they were determined to see out 80 minutes and play for pride. Their defence improved in the 2nd half, forcing Derry to work harder for their scores. They came agonisingly close to scoring before being turned over on the Derry line, but their determination eventually paid off when a penalty gave them a line out 5 metres out and allowed their captain to break off and force his way over from close range, getting the blues on the scoreboard.
Despite the disappointment of conceding a try, the mighty 3's will be happy with such a dominant display and will hope to carry this momentum to their first home game of the season next week against old rivals Inishowen.
Trys- K O'connor x2, A Landreau x2, S Beattie x3, D Mullan x2, A Kyle.
Conv- D Mullan 5/10