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U18 - Match centre

Ballymena
City of Derry RFC
Sat 3 Nov 10:30 - League Full time

U18 lose first match of the season

City of Derry RFC U18 Match Report

City of Derry RFC U18 Match Report
(vs Ballymena U18, 3/11/18)
Ballymena U18 46 - 0 CDRFC U18
On Saturday 3rd November 2018, Derry travelled to Ballymena in a top of the league decider match, but it was not to be Derry’s day. Morale was high within the Derry side, following an impressive vein of form which left Derry top of the table after winning their opening five league games. However, this would prove to be their toughest task yet, coming up against an unbeaten Ballymena side.
From the start Derry battled hard, playing the game at high intensity. Pinning Ballymena back in their own half for the opening 15 minutes. Early signs were proving it was going to be the tough affair both teams had anticipated. A game with little room for error, with big hits and strong counter rucking being displayed by both sides.
Throughout the game Derry’s scrum proved solid, providing a great foundation to mount the attack. However, a reoccurrence of a previous shoulder injury to Prop Ben McGarvey, which subsequently forced a replacement was a turning point in the match. Derry’s heads began drop, in a game that setting up to be decided by small margins. Allowing Ballymena to capitalise on the seemingly lack lustre spell by Derry, running in four tries in quick succession and slotting over a penalty before the break.
Half Time Score: 29-0
The half time interval provided Derry some much needed time to regather themselves and regain composure. Derry knew that they had to lift their game, as the next score would be pivotal in the outcome of the game. The team ran out with a renewed vigour and determination to get the match back on track. However, this enthusiasm was short lived, as a combination of errors led to Ballymena extending their lead.
Ballymena soon seen themselves reduced to 14 men, however, the men in black only seemed to relish the pressure, maintaining their high intensity and flowing rugby. Ballymena’s No.8 was a constant thorn in the side of the Derry men, both in offence and defence. Coupled with Derry stepping off tackles and forcing unnecessary passes, creating opportunities for Ballymena to capitalise on, extending their lead.
With 15 minutes remaining on the clock, Derry players Adam Lamberton, Cein Mc Colgan and Conor Mullin rallied the men together, playing for pride, motivating the team to get on the scoreboard. Causing an immediate response. Derry came out fighting, playing impressive rugby like they have displayed in weeks prior. Keeping ball in hand, playing up the jumper rugby, gaining ground phase after phase. When Derry did however make the decision to move the ball out wide Ballymena were ready. Demonstrating great line speed to get up in their faces, putting Derry backs under immense pressure and causing silly mistakes. The final whistle capped off a bad day at the office for a young side that didn’t show their true potential.
Ballymena 46 - City of Derry 0
This will be a learning curve for the Derry side who did not mentally prepare themselves for the challenge of the strong Ballymena side. Derry will be determined to come back stronger, getting back to winning ways. This week in training the men will regather themselves, looking to further develop and maintain the pressure on the top of the table sides.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Videos and photos

U18 vs Ballymena U18 (3/11/18)
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Team selection

Gallagher, Max Gallagher, Max
Nicholl, Paul Nicholl, Paul
Harkin, Ruairi Harkin, Ruairi
Blackman, Bradley Blackman, Bradley
Roarty, Robert Roarty, Robert
Straw, Sean Straw, Sean
Coyle, Eoin Coyle, Eoin
Mullin, Conor Mullin, Conor
Lamberton, Adam Lamberton, Adam
Gill, Dara Gill, Dara
Cooke, Cormac Cooke, Cormac
McColgan, Cein McColgan, Cein
McGarvey, Ben McGarvey, Ben
Pollock, Adam Pollock, Adam
Cullen, Adam Cullen, Adam

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