Ballymoney First XV Forwards Coach Jimmy Carson was reasonably pleased with his side’s performance in the opening game of their Qualifying Two league campaign, writes Gillian Anderson.
Having banked four points after a 16-10 win at home against Grosvenor, Carson reflected on the game. “We were reasonably pleased but we have one or two things to work on yet.
“We defended quite well but the referee was a bit hard on us at times. We were getting good line speed and I think he thought we were creeping offside and that’s some we need to address and be careful of.
“As far as committment and desire to win, that went really well. We did the right things in the right areas of the pitch but we need to work on our discipline a bit.
“The scrum went well and we won points out of that. We won penalties in front of the posts which we were able to kick. We put them under a lot of pressure but we didn’t turn that pressure into points and that’s something we need to look at. “We got off to a winning start, we know we arent there yet but we did enough to get over the line on Saturday but we will get there as the season goes on.
“We have quite a young team and we need to be a bit more street wise with regards the way we react to the way the referee gives decisions.
“We were pleased with the bouys, Cormac McCartney did a great job at Full back. His communication was excellent and the team got a bit of confidence from him directing the young lads.
“Rory Strang did really well at 10. He’s just a young lad out of Dalriad and he put in a good shift.
“Next up is Enniskillen and we are taking it a game at a time. We played them in a pre-season friendly but this will be totally different. they are a big physical side and I would expect it to be tightbut if we get the things we want to do right then I think we will be hard to beat.
“We’;; have a chat about things tonight (Tuesday) and work on the things we weren’t happy with and hopefully get them ironed out for Saturday.”