Limavady entertained Randalstown at the John Hunter Memorial Grounds in the first round of the Miller, McCall Wylie Junior cup with the home side coming out 10 – 0 winners in a dour match played in difficult conditions.
Randalstown had won the same fixture 10 – 42 a week earlier in an Ulster Rugby Championship Div 2 match but it was a much improved home side who were able to handle the heavy rain and swirling winds in this cup match.
The first half was scoreless with neither side looking like they wanted to win. The difficult conditions made the ball more akin to a bar of soap and most of the half was spent scrummaging.
Randalstown had the better of the first half territory, but Limavady’s defence was strong and resilient, helped by many handling mistakes from Randalstown.
The second half livened up a little along with the weather.
Limavady were on top for the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half, with Randalstown pressurising strongly towards the end. However the solid defence and excellent line clearances by Limavady kept Randalstown at bay.
The matches only try scorer was, Limavady’s No. 15, Allen Robinson. The try was converted by, No. 12, Jack Elliott who also added a late penalty.
Final score Limavady 10 Randalstown 0.
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Match pictures provided by Graham Service – Life in a Northern Town Many thanks Graham.