Nathan Cole gets 4 in U20 rout
By Louis Fields
City of Derry RFC Under 20s Match Report
City of Derry RFC Under 20s Match Report
(vs Ballymoney Under 20s, 23/11/18)
City of Derry 53 – 0 Ballymoney
On Friday 23rd November 2018, City of Derry Under 20s hosted Ballymoney Under 20s at the Craig Thompson Stadium. Derry started the game the stronger of the two with some strong forward carries which allowed Daire Walker at 9 the quick ball to service the backs. After some nice interplay, the ball found its way to Jack Cassidy who cut inside for the first score of the night. Daire missed the following conversion. A spirited Ballymoney came back into the game straight away and attacked in the Derry 22 for the next 10 minutes of the game, only for some strong defence from the likes of Aaron Deery and Tiernan Thornton to keep them out. Derry then turned things quickly into attack following a neat turnover from David Jackson who then found Nathan Cole out wide who gassed his opposite number to dot down. The conversion was successful from Walker.
The restart saw Derry gather the ball and quickly they turned on the style again with a lovely wrap move being ran by the back line the ball finished in the hands of Nathan Cole who was in for his second on the night, conversion was missed. From the restart again, the ball went straight into the hands of the Derry forwards and after some hard carries from the second row pairing of Jack Townley and Conor McMenamin, the ball ended up in Callum O’Hagan’s hands who threw a majestic out the back door pass to Nathan Cole who got his hat trick on the night, the conversion was missed.
This time from the restart Ballymoney decided to switch it up and kick to the backs, proving costly as the ball landed straight into the hands of Nathan Cole, who stepped his way past two defenders to score a great solo try and get his fourth try of the night, conversion was missed. Just before half time, Derry were then dealt a couple of blows with the hard carrying Tiernan Thornton and the four try hero Nathan Cole being replaced by Danny Burns and Lowry McCollum due to injuries. However, this didn’t dampen Derry’s mentality as some good carrying once again from Aaron Deery allowed Derry to get on the front foot and after another nice backs move allowed David Jackson to get in for his first of the night, conversion successful by J.Cassidy.
The final five minutes of the first half allowed Ballymoney to get back in the game as they kept coming at the Derry defence. However, Derry’s tackling and discipline was excellent allowing for a knock on after some good rush defence bringing an end to the first half.
Half Time Score: City of Derry 34 – 0 Ballymoney
The half time break allowed management to make a few changes in personal with James Toland and Callum Moore being introduced for John Ward and Aaron Deery. The second half began with a concentration lapse from the Derry side as Ballymoney strung together a few good phases but weren’t able to break down that solid defence of Derry who were determined to keep the clean sheet, further shown when Callum O’Hagan rushed the line to put in a big hit and causing a turnover. From this, Jack Townley led a counter attack with some great feet and danced around his defender and made 20+ metres, allowing for the backs to get quick ball and David Jackson to burst through the tackle for his second try of the night, conversion was successful from J.Cassidy.
From the restart, Derry got back on the front foot and after a few forward hit ups, the ball ended up in the hands of the impressive Conor McMenamin who broke through the first tackle and was left with the 15 in his path. With a lovely side step and a great turn of pace, he was in for his try with the conversion missed.
The determined Ballymoney side then got a hold of the game following some errors from the Derry team allowing for wave after wave of attack from the Ballymoney side, Derry’s defence once again proved to be solid, holding out for a while, signified by a huge hit from James Toland. Despite this, some ill discipline nearly cost Derry a clean sheet with hooker Ryan King-Magee being sent to the sin bin following a series of infringements from the Derry side. Once again, Derry managed to ride this wave and subsequently turned defence into attack with the ball being knocked on by Ballymoney.
It was time for the other winger on his long awaited return from injury, Killeen Thornton, to shine when he was found inside his own 22 by Jack Cassidy with 5 defenders to beat. After he gassed the first one and with some magical feet to breeze passed the rest, he went in underneath the post. The conversion from Callum O’Hagan was successful. With 55 minutes played, a blistering Derry performance meant that Ballymoney called proceedings up early.
Final Score: City of Derry 53 – 0 Ballymoney