Derry win Derby Day
By Louis Fields
Limavady are the CDRFC U18s next victims
City of Derry RFC U18’s Match Report
(vs Limavady, 13/10/18)
Due to Derry having a free week and Limavady's opposition unable to field, the two clubs were able to come together and bring forward their league game. With heavy rainfall during the match, Derry’s basic skills let them down in the first half, drop passes and knock ons were a big feature. However, they were still able to compose themselves, especially at lineouts with Cein McColgan
being outstanding in the air again.
18mins into the first half after a penalty, Sean Straw
kicked his pack into the corner, Cein McColgan
took the lineout, set up the maul and the big Derry pack were able to drive the Limavady pack over the line, Adam Pollock
the last man getting up with the ball, Mark Grant
converting. 7-0 to Derry.
This scoreline remained at this until 2mins into the second half when Cein McColgan
crashed through the Limavady defence line and scored. This was a great response to the half-time team talk and it was the perfect start to the 2nd half. Again, the try was converted by Mark Grant
, 14-0 to the men in green and black. From then on, the Derry team turned up the pressure on the Limavady side, it wasn't long before the cracks appeared allowing Mark Grant
to score and convert his own try 15mins into the second half, 21-0 to Derry.
After this score, Limavady did show the guts and determination you get with most Limavady sides as they came at the Derry defence, but the lads showed their hard work in training was paying off and the Limavady side where unable to break the line. With 10mins to go, Derry mounted another attack, hammering the Limavady defence line, picking and going round the corner which allowed debutant Ben McGarvey
to score, and again converted by the boot of Mark Grant
, 28-0 to Derry.
The final play of the game saw Conor McMenamin
hack through and score under the posts, conversion by Mark Grant
, final score 35-0 to Derry.
Man of the match on the day went to Cein McColgan
, who, even in awful conditions did not lose a lineout, stole a few off Limavady, carried well over the gain line and also got on the score sheet.
Thanks go to Limavady for agreeing to bring the fixture forward, great to see two clubs working together to ensure young lads are playing as much as possible.
The men from the Craig Thompson Stadium continue their unbeaten league run. Training continues this week as we build for the next fixture.