Coleraine U15s 12 Ballymoney U15s 24
On Saturday December 7 Ballymoney Under-15s, sitting at the top of their league on an eight game winning streak, made the short trip to Coleraine RFC to play their first cup match of the season,
The match was kicked off by Ballymoney’s Ewan Nobal with a good high ball for the Toon to chase but Coleraine’s big number 8 took possession and made good ground with a very strong run into Ballymoney’s half only to be cut down by a great tackle from Pol Hardy.
Young Hardy got back to his feet ripped the ball free offloaded to Culbertson who drew in Coleraine’s winger then released Storey who scored Ballymoney’s first Try of the day. Conversion missed from the touch line. Score 0-5 Ballymoney
Ballymoney’s second try soon followed when Coleraine’s fullback kicked the ball down field to the awaiting Ciaran McKenna at fullback to catch and run it straight back at Coleraine’s centre pairing who stopped him well, only for slack rucking to let Storey pick up the ball and sprint in his and Ballymoney’s second try. Matthew Bell slotted over the conversion from in front of the posts. Score 0-12 The Toon.
Coleraine’s young lads really gritted their teeth and through very strong running from prop Josh Devenny scored a great solo Try after brushing off some weak tackles. The conversion was successful. Score 7-12
Coleraine scored another try from the same lad who was having a great game this time the conversion was missed to bring the score at halftime to 12-12 and this cup game was in the balance.
In the second half Ballymoney started to show why they’re a team to watch out for when Ballymoney’s back 3 took turns at running good lines off Culbertson at 10. But for some really good tackles from Coleraine the Toon were threatening to put this game to bed.
The pressure payed off when the excellent James Orr at 13 and Brian O’Neill at 9 combined really well to put Matthew bell in for a well worked backs move to score between the posts which he converted himself. Score 12-19 Ballymoney
With 2 minutes left on the clock the Toon put any doubt of this game out of site when big Matthew McConaghy crashed over the line from a catch and drive at a line out putting the game out of reach from a very hard working and really good Coleraine team that should be very pleased with their own performance in a hard fought game of rugby
Final score Coleraine U15s 12 Ballymoney U15s 24
Man of the match went to Pol hardy who had a running battle with Coleraine’s pack all game. Not bad for a lad in his first year playing rugby.
Next the U15s take on Limavady at home KO off 11am.