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3rd XV - Match centre

City of Derry RFC
B McGrellis, C Norris, D Burns
J Cassidy
Sat 6 Oct 14:30 - League Full time

Inishowen show some fight but Derry get the win


City of Derry RFC 3rd XV 17 - 13 Inishowen 1st XV

City of Derry RFC 3rd XV Match Report
(vs Inishowen, 6/10/18)
City of Derry RFC 3rd XV 17 - 13 Inishowen 1st XV

The Mighty Three's hosted local rivals Inishowen in their first home game of the season, coming away the victors in a tense error strewn game. Inishowen found themselves struggling for numbers, fielding only 14 players and the Derry players were perhaps guilty of expecting a repeat of last week's result against a similarly diminished team. The men from Inish had other ideas and quickly made clear they had not travelled this far to roll over.

Derry had some early possesion, but an eagerness to score led to poor execution. Derry found themselves forcing passes and over complicating plays leading to errors, and relieving pressure for Inish. Derry suffered an early blow when last week's hat-trick hero Shane Beattie was injured following a tackle, breaking his leg and requiring a reshuffle of the back line. During a period of broken play, Derry found space out wide but the Inish Second Row halted the threat by slapping the ball down and earning himself a yellow card for his efforts.

Now with 15 against 13, it looked certain that Derry would score. The space was available out wide but the Inish defence drifted well twice, forcing wing Barney McGrellis in to touch in the corner. When Inishowen got their hands on the ball, Derry continued to sabotage their chances by giving away cheap penalties. The referee soon lost patience with Derry's infringements and a 4th offside saw prop Nathan Campbell see yellow. The penalty in front of the posts was converted giving the visitors a 3-0 lead. Inishowen continued to apply pressure and another penalty conceded gave field position and a scrum close to the Derry line. A simple pick up from the base allowed the Inishowen 8 to pick and step inside the defence to score. With the try converted the visitors were now 10-0 ahead despite the deficit in players.

Skipper Aaron McIvor rallied the troops and led from the front. Putting his body on the line, he put in several hard hits forcing errors by the blues. Once Derry regained possession the fight back was on. It proved to be third time lucky for McGrellis as he crossed over for Derry's first try of the game. Out half Jack Cassidy was unable to make the touchline conversion.

HT 5-10

Derry looked to improve in the second half, launching several attacks from deep, with centre Chris Nutt cutting through the defence. Again, errors stopped Derry from converting an opportunity to points.A penalty in front of the posts gave Inish a chance to move 2 scores ahead, leading 13-5. With time running out, it was looking bad for Derry.

Then with 70 minutes on the clock, Derry were awarded a penalty advantage for an illegal clear out. All eyes were on the last ruck as tempers flared but quick thinking from Cassidy passed the ball wide, giving a clean run in for flanker Danny Burns.

Time was running out but the Derry tails were up as they went hunting for victory. With 79 minutes gone, Derry had one last roll of the dice - a scrum 5-metres out from Inishowen line. This time, Cassidy drew the defence and got the pass away to Chris Nutt who scored under the posts.
Even with only 60 seconds left to play, Inishowen refused to give up. They regained possession after the kick off and went hunting for a try of their own. However, the Derry defence held strong, winning a penalty and the game.
FT 17-13

Despite the win, Derry will be feeling like they got out of jail this week. Nonetheless, it is said the trait of a great team is to find ways of winning even when they are playing badly. Derry have plenty to work on at training this week before travelling over then glenshane to face Rainey Old Boys next week.

Tries- B McGrellis, D Burns, C Nutt
Conv- J Cassidy 1/3

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Key moments

Try Barney McGrellis scores for City of Derry RFC
Try Danny Burns scores for City of Derry RFC
Conversion Jack Cassidy kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
Try Ciaran Norris scores for City of Derry RFC


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79:00 Try 17 - 0
Ciaran Norris scores for City of Derry RFC
71:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Jack Cassidy kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
70:00 Try 10 - 0
Danny Burns scores for City of Derry RFC
End of period 1
37:00 Try 5 - 0
Barney McGrellis scores for City of Derry RFC
25:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Campbell is yellow carded for City of Derry RFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • City of Derry RFC
  • Inishowen
  • 0
  • Nathan Campbell Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Barney McGrellis Try 37:00'
  • Danny Burns Try 70:00'
  • Jack Cassidy Conversion 71:00'
  • Ciaran Norris Try 79:00'

Team selection

Trantor, Daniel Trantor, Daniel
Smyth, Mark Smyth, Mark
Beattie, Shane Beattie, Shane
Norris, Ciaran Norris, Ciaran
Mullan, Darragh Mullan, Darragh
Cassidy, Jack Cassidy, Jack
Walker, Daire Walker, Daire
Lewis, Rhys Lewis, Rhys
Burns, Danny Burns, Danny
O’Connor, Kevin O’Connor, Kevin
McLaughlin, Bernard McLaughlin, Bernard
McDuff, Adam McDuff, Adam
Campbell, Nathan Campbell, Nathan
King-Magee, Ryan King-Magee, Ryan
McIvor, Aaron McIvor, Aaron


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