Roesiders emerge victorious in Mullusk mud

Limavady's Chris Hunter.
Limavady's Chris Hunter.

Ophir 0

Limavady 47

In gale force winds and heavy rain hit, Limavady started well with the first score arriving on 16 minutes as winger Ross Moore touched down after coming in to collect a pass from Greg Jordan.

Try number two arrived just two minutes later. Chrissy Hunter, back in his favoured position of inside-centre, broke through and with full-back Pearse McNickle kicking both conversions, the writing was already on the wall for Ophir.

Any ideas of a comeback from Ophir were completely dispelled on the half hour mark. Limavady turned over possession and scrum half Jamie Miller raced clear down the right before passing to John Purcell who ran in unopposed under the posts.

The score of the day arrived four minutes later. A quick penalty from Miller saw him put Peter Wilson away. Wilson looked to be finishing the move in the corner but unselfishly passed back to Miller who touched down for try number four to leave it 28-0 at the break.

The Roesiders continued in ruthless fashion after the restart with tries from winger Johnny King, Purcell and flanker Perry Semple. With McNickle adding the extras and the conditions deteriorating, the referee took the sensible option on 65 minutes to bring proceedings to a halt.

Another victory on the road which keeps the push for promotion firmly on track ahead of what could be the league decider in two weeks time when unbeaten Larne come to the John Hunter Memorial Grounds.

The seconds and thirds were also in action last Saturday and both came away with home wins. The seconds had a surprisingly easy win against their Enniskillen counterparts (45-0) while the Saracens kept up their good form up with a hard earned win at home to Finn Valley by 15-13.

There is only one fixture next week as the Saracens travel to play Strabane Seconds with a 2.30pm kick off.

Next Saturday also sees the big ‘fight night’ against St Matthews Drumsurn. It all throws in at 7pm at the Roe Valley Recreation Centre. There are still a few tickets remaining from Glenn or Neil but they are going fast.