Last Saturday Dalriada U13A and B teams hosted their counterparts from Rainey Endowed School and Magherafelt.
Dalriada B team were playing their first match of the season and made a dream start when winger Matthew Scott sprinted clear of the Rainey defence to score below the posts. Full back Craig McKeown added the single conversion. Just before half time, lively scrum half Adam McCaughan made a great break from the base of the scrum to score in the corner to make the half time score 7 – 0.
Dalriada continue their dominance in the second half and went further ahead when second scrum Andrew Christie showed his power and strength to free his wing over the line. Winger Thomas McCrory added Dalriad’s final try when he beat his opposite man to sprint clear and score. Adam McCaughan added the conversion.
To their credit the visitors never gave up and scored a consolation try at the end to make the scoreline 24 points to 5 in Dalriada’s favour. This was an impressive win for the B team and underlines the strength in depth which exists at U13 level in Dalriada.
Having watched the B team in action, the A team took the field in determined mood and immediately put Rainey under pressure. A ruck close to the visitors line resulted in prop Griffin Philipson pushing up and crashing over the line to score a try which Stewart Moore converted.
Minutes later some excellent handling by the Dalriada backs allowed centre Ross Fallows the space to outpace the defence for a good try which Connor Creith converted. Just before halftime Connor kicked a single penalty to make the score 17 – 0.
The home team played even better in the second half and went further ahead when Fallows chased a loose kick and gathered skilfully to beat the defence and score a fine individual try. This score seemed to dishearten the visitors and minutes later Dalriada went further ahead when scrum half Matthew Kennedy make an incisive break to score a try in the corner.
Dalriada were in complete control at this stage and now further ahead when Jacob Butcher powered his way over the line for a try which Moore converted. Fallows scored his third and Dalriada’s final try right at the end of the game with Creith adding the conversion to give the home team a superb 41 – 0 victory, much to the delight of the home support. This young team now look forward to next Saturday’s game against Cambridge House.