Armoy resolute but lose against Derry YM


ON Saturday, the men of Limepark welcomed the Derry YM 1st team to a bruising encounter as the league campaign for the men in amber and black starts to draw to a close.

Playing the second half with only 14 men, the Armoy team showed great resolve in defence and despite being outnumbered on numerous occasions, kept the score to a competitive 
35-10 defeat.

The Derry backline proved the difference with the Armoy men working hard to cover the overlaps. The Derry backs were able to exploit gaps in the defence and this ultimately proved the difference in the game.

The Armoy lineout was functioning well and the packs were evenly contested both in open play and in set pieces.

Points were put on the board by Armoy prop Mark Donald who barged over the line beating three defenders from a series of rucks and set up by a great platform from the Armoy pack.

Aidan Boyle added the conversion and the remainder of the Armoy points were from a penalty by Conor O’Brien who has an unusual kicking style to say 
the least!

Strong performances were put in by Kyle Greenlaw and Micky McGaughey in defence and Sammy McMullan and Gordon McConaghie had their usual excellent centre partnership performance.

A special mention must go to Tom Christie who played on Saturday meaning that he has played in the first team for every year since the club has formed and he’s still as nimble as ever around the pitch.

It’s a rest week for the 1st team next week and the 2nd team take up the reins with an away match to Randalstown.

Captain Barry Taggart has asked that all players make a real effort to attend training on Wednesday night.