Newry Seconds hammer Armoy

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

FOLLOWING a disappointing defeat the previous week to the PSNI, Newry seconds certainly returned to form on Saturday as they show style and charisma against a battered Armoy side, writes Fearghal Lewis.

NEWRY II ...39
ARMOY ...5

The first half saw the experienced Armoy side suffocate the play, despite their only venture out of the half in the fourty minutes for their try, the fought tooth and nail to prevent Newry crossing the line. Kicking to the corner, Newry attempted to drive over the line of their first try with Kacper Janik, Matty O'Donavan and Marty McCabe impressing, but unable cross the line as Armoy's indiscipline affected the flow of the game as they continued to give away penalties.

With a change in direction, the backs decided to test the Armoy defence and it wasn't long before the gaps appeared outhalf Fearghal Lewis spotted an overlap in forward, with support from Ryan Grant, first centre Cathal O'Neill smashed over the line to give Newry their first score.

This opening score was soon followed up with some beautiful play from the prop John Collins, spotting this opportunity the open side prop sprinted for the line, as it approached unfortunetly cover arrived, as the ball recycled his partner in crime Darren McNally was able to cross for his first try in Newry colours, a great try made by the Newry forwards, half-time 14-5.

A few changes at half time made the difference, a misguided kick by Armoy landed on the speedy replacement Tiernan Forde, who left his impression on the game immediately, running from his own 22 the opposition were no match for his speed, side stepping and breaking tackles the winger was through for Newry's first try of the second half.

Having set up the first try Ryan Grant was soon over for his own, and as 60 minutes were on the clock Armoy's illdiscipline cost them a penalty try. With no hope of a comeback and Newry become stronger the Armoy captain called it a day and awarded Newry the five points. Next up for the Seconds is league leaders Bangor away.


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