Limavady go 12 points clear after Hollywood victory

Limavady winger Matthew Haslett leaps for the try line to score during Saturday's league victory over Hollywood at Kerr Park.
Limavady winger Matthew Haslett leaps for the try line to score during Saturday's league victory over Hollywood at Kerr Park.

Holywood 0, Limavady 26

In the heavy under foot conditions of Kerr Park, Limavady produced another assured display to extend their lead at the top Qualifying League 3 to 12 points over second placed PSNI.

Holywood, like Limavady have promotion aspirations, but a poor start to the season has dashed their hopes of an immediate return to Qualifying 2, although a recent upturn in form has saw the County Down side work their way back up the table.

Limavady showed four changes from last week’s win over the PSNI and two of the recalled quartet were involved in the first score of the day. Hooker Jonny Blair gained possession by turning over the ball in the Limavady half, and full back for the day Tom McClelland finished off a fine team move when he touched down under the posts. Peter Wilson knocked over the conversion for a 7-0 lead after 4 minutes.

Wilson was relishing in his scrum-half role and proved a more than capable replacement for the injured Jamie Miller. Indeed it was his quick thinking that led to try number two in the 24th minute following a quickly taken penalty. John Purcell led the charge to the line but was brought down just short of the line, and from the recycled ball, it was winger Matthew Haslett who crashed over the line. This time it was Tom McClelland who scored the conversion.

The home side then enjoyed a spell of possession in the Limavady half but found the visitors a tough nut to crack. The closest they came was on the stroke of half time when a penalty attempt just dropped short.

Limavady's Prop Forward  John McCollum goes on the attack durnig Saturday's victory over Hollywood in Kerr Park.

Limavady's Prop Forward John McCollum goes on the attack durnig Saturday's victory over Hollywood in Kerr Park.

Limavady started the second half with a lot more purpose and, with the intent to build on their 14-point lead, they ultimately put the game out of reach for the hosts. On 50 minutes they were duly awarded with a third try when Luke Faulkner and Robert Lamberton combined to set up Wilson who finished off a fine score under the posts.

The visitors then seized the opportunity to kill the game off as, on 58 minutes, out-half Faulkner waltzed through the home defence before passing to Sam Mackey who showed great strength to touch down in the corner and claim the all important bonus point.

The home side tried to get something out of the game but the Limavady defence was on top form and managed to see the rest of the game out to record a very impressive 26-0 victory after a clinical display built upon a superbdefensive showing.

Limavady: Tom McClelland, Matthew Haslett, Robert Lamberton, Jamie Millar, Stewart Roddy, Luke Faulkner, Peter Wilson. Adam Mcilmoyle, Jonny Blair, John McCollum, John Purcell, Michael Rice, Sam Mackey, Peter Browne, Daniel Irvine

Limavady No. 8 Daniel Irvine secures the line-out ball during Saturday's victory over Hollywood in Kerr Park.

Limavady No. 8 Daniel Irvine secures the line-out ball during Saturday's victory over Hollywood in Kerr Park.

The busy schedule continues next week with a home fixture against Ophir. The North Belfast side have been having a good season to date and will travel in good spirits after recording a super 20-12 victory over Newry last Saturday. Kick off at The John Hunter Memorial Grounds is at 2.30pm. All support welcome.

The seconds are back in action next week when they travel to play Enniskillen Seconnds at 2.30pm.