RUGBY: 13-try Limavady stay top after easy victory

Chris Tinnet made a fine debut for Limavady First XV in their comfortable victory over Ophir at the John Hunter Memroial Grounds on Saturday.
Chris Tinnet made a fine debut for Limavady First XV in their comfortable victory over Ophir at the John Hunter Memroial Grounds on Saturday.
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Limavady 72, Ophir 0

Ulster Qualifying Three League leaders Limavady picked up another huge win on Saturday at a rain lashed John Hunter Memorial Grounds, running in 13 tries against Ophir.

It was the visitors who made the early running but to no reward and on 14 minutes Limavady drew first blood when great work from John McCollum and Jamie Miller set up winger Robert Lamberton to touch down for the first of his four tries.

On 24 minutes, veteran Greg Jordan made a great break, breaking four tackles to play in Stewart Roddy who still had to hold off the challenges of two covering Ophir defenders before touching down. After taking a scrum against the head, Luke Faulkner ran in try number three with Lamberton claiming his second to secure the bonus point And leave Limavady 24-0 up at half-time.

As the rain continued to fall at the start of the second half, Limavady upped the tempo, ‘Mo’ Miller claiming try number five before Lamberton went over the whitewash for the third time on 46 minutes. As the away sideinevitably tired, the hosts went through a clinical spell of running rugby to score another six tries. Michael Rice’s powerful run set-up full back Matty Haslett for his first of the day before Miller touched down for his second which was quickly followed by prop Clive Scott storming through the Ophir rearguard to cap a super second half performance with a fine individual try.

Try No. 10 arrived on 67 minutes when Miller picked up at the base of the scrum to run in to touch down under the posts and Lamberton brought his personal tally to 20 points when he grabbed his fourth try of the day on 70 minutes.

There was till time for one more score as Stewart Roddy raced clear, Jack McCool’s conversion being followed by the full time whistle.

Head Coach Paul O’Kane was delighted with the second half showing from his side, but was very concerned about the slow start. Thankfully for the Roesiders, Ophir didn’t get the scores on the board their early dominance warranted.

Team. M. Haslett, R. Lamberton, J. Mo Miller, G. Jordan, S. Roddy, L. Faulkner, J. Miller. C. Scott, A. Miller, J. McCollum, M. Rice, C. Tinney, J. McCool, P. Browne, D. Irvine.

Next week it’s a North West Derby as the First XV travel to play Strabane. Kick off is at 2.30pm.

Seconds defeated

A patched up Seconds team made the long journey to Enniskillen and got off to a terrific start when the took an early lead with a try from Browne. However the home side soon took over and strong showing in the second half saw the Fermanagh men claim a convincing 49-7 victory. They will be hoping for a better showing next week when they entertain Ballymena Fourths.

It was a busy, but very productive week for the under 14s as they recorded two away wins in four days. Last Wednesday night they had a great 42-7 win in Coleraine which was followed up by an excellent 15-12 comeback victory over Ballyshannon on Saturday.

Training for all teams continues at the same times every week. New players welcome.