U16's impress during their conceded game against Ballymoney
By Louis Fields
City of Derry RFC U16 Match Report
City of Derry RFC U16 Match Report
(vs Ballymoney U16, 10/11/18)
City of Derry 58 – 0 Ballymoney
On Saturday 10th October 2018, City of Derry U16’s welcomed Ballymoney U16’s to the Craig Thompson Stadium. A match where Derry were determined to showcase the development that they have made in training over the previous weeks, both Physically and mentally. Taking on board their coaches advise, showing their willingness to learn and ultimately improve.
Unfortunately, Ballymoney only travelled with 10 men, as the fixture was a league game this forced them to concede the points prior to kick off. However, the young Derry men were eager to play so agreed to play out a 10 a side fixture.
Derry kicked off and with a good chase, putting the disheartened Ballymoney side under instant pressure, after a few firm tackles Derry won the ball back capitalised on Ballymoney errors. Allowing Alex Thompson to score the first try of the day, making the score at 5-0.
Straight from the restart Derry returned the ball well, strong carries from the forwards and efficient rucking, allowed for quick ball. Due to reduced numbers this led to Ballymoney being stretched, allowing Jacob Cole to run in for a well worked score. Alex converted leaving the score at 12-0.
Although Ballymoney were not the strongest of sides they did put Derry under some pressure, but this was mostly due to some handling errors from Derry. The reduced numbers meant positional switches. Alex, playing in the centre today, got the ball and managed to get over under the posts for another try, converting himself, leaving the score at 19-0. TJay Magee, who was moved to fullback for this game, was able to join the line of attack and grab a try again this week, converting it himself leaving the score at 24-0.
Derry didn’t take their foot of the throat, looking to see this game to bed early. Allowing Alex Thompson in for his 3rd try of the game. TJay Magee slotted the conversion between the posts before half time, allowing Derry to take a healthy lead into the break.
Half Time Score: 31-0
During the half time interval, some Derry players left to go to Dublin to watch the Ireland game, this forced Derry to make changes. This coupled with the score line allowed Derry coaches the freedom to try some players out of position. Such as Ciaran Dromgoole playing at out half.
The changes however didn’t affect the young men, with Derry once again opening the scoring in the second half through Caolan Bonner. Derry were displaying great attacking rugby. Achieving their goal of showcasing the work they have been focusing on in training. Visible improvements could be seen in a team that were playing free flowing rugby with confidence in their ability. This was evident when Dylan O'Donnell took a superb one handed catch off an inside ball from Sean Bates, releasing him for another Derry Score.
Derry however couldn’t take their foot of the gas, keeping Ballymoney scoreless was an objective the Derry men had to maintain. Ballymoney nearly got on the score sheet, only to be disallowed for a knock on, just before the ball was touched down. We must ask could Derry have prevented this from happening, maybe some work on goal line defence is required?
Ciaran Dromgoole then got a try with great support play after Shane O’Kane made a fantastic break, only to be stopped 5m short. Ciaran was on hand to score unopposed. Derry fitness levels were proving strong, running the young Ballymoney men around the park. This was evident by 2 tries coming from Plunkett Roarty, the first came after some strong forward play from Josh Friel and Jack McCartney, which had the visitors scrambling to defend their line right out near the touch line, some good communication and passing play saw Plunkett touch down under the posts unopposed, this try was converted. The second was scored after a good break, where he ran in from the 22. With only one of the 5 tries in this 2nd half being converted. The final score coming in at 58-0
Final Score: City of Derry 58 – 0 Ballymoney
In this game Derry forwards were running with more purpose and determination, they did make ground beyond the gain line, quicker ruck ball also gave the backs time and space to do their thing. This is in stark contrast to the past few weeks and we must keep in mind that this is the way we need to play against the stronger opposition. Derry must use this as a stepping stone to launch an assault on the top of the table sides.
Match report from Jack McCartney (U16’s captain for the day)