1st XV - Match centre

CIYMS
Randalstown
Sat 26 Nov 15:00 - League Full time

CIYMS 1's 7 - 3 Randalstown 1's

Randalstown travelled to Belmont on Saturday to take on the challenge of CIYMS who are in the hunt for promotion.

Despite the frost and cold of the previous week the pitch was in perfect condition. The game started at a frantic pace with the home side on the offensive, however good defence from the Randalstown team kept them at bay.

From early in the game it became obvious that the visitors had the upper hand in the set scrums and it was from a scrum that Randalstown were awarded penalty which out half Martin Connolly slotted over to give the visitors a 0-3 lead after 14 minutes.
CI, however, continued to attack the visitors’ line and after 20 minutes were rewarded with a converted try under the posts for a 7-3 lead. For the rest of the first half the game swung from one end of the pitch to the other with both teams giving it their all.

The second half continued with each side having opportunities to score. As the game moved into the last quarter it was Randalstown who exerted the greater pressure on the home side.

Despite a number of opportunities the visitors were unable to get the try that would have won the game as there were no further points in the game. There was great relief around the CI supporters when the final whistle sounded and Randalstown had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point.

There has not been too many teams who have taken any points off CI this season and ‘Town really gave them a scare. The coaches Gary Longwell and Alistair Strange were pleased with the overall performance and effort of the whole squad.

TEAM: Daniel McGlade; Conor Murray; Matthew McWhinney; Adam Johnston; Coby Mason; Martin Connolly; Chris McGoldrick; Matthew McBrien; Scott Stevenson; Gary Hume; Craig Barclay; David Millar (Captain); Kyle Hetherington; Peter Knowles; Dan Wilson Replacements: Adrian Hayes; Ian Hume

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