BANN SECONDS 29 DONAGHADEE 10
Bann Seconds got their River Rock Towns’ Cup campaign off to a great start, backing up their earlier Conference League win at Donaghadee with another comfortable success over the North Down side.
The boot of skipper Aaron Kennedy got early points on the board with a penalty in the first few minutes.
With some great phases to follow it was the stalwart Jonny Little who was able to accept the quick pass from the in-form Ben Thompson, spot a gap and make a 30 metre charge past bewildered defenders for the home side’s first try.
From the re-start ‘Dee put serious pressure on the Bann pack and this resulted in an unconverted try and an 8-5 scoreline.
Bann realised it was game on and upped their gear. It was a charge from Robbie Mathers and an offload to Matty Shirlow that saw Bann’s lead extended to 15-5 as Kennedy added the extras.
Adam Cromwell was like a man possessed and was tackling everything put in front of him, with Kennedy providing great defensive back-up, including one try-saving tackle.
‘Dee mounted more pressure and scored their second try of the game after some smooth back phases.
Bann brought Ian Porter and Scott Cromie off the bench to get some fresh legs onto the pitch and it surely worked. Man mountain Mathers went on another rampaging run before showcasing his silkier talents with a clever offload to Scott Magowan. The flanker had a clear 30 metre run to the try line thanks to a convincing dummy which hoodwinked the ‘Dee defence.
Strong running from the back three of Ross Cartmill, Joe Finnegan and Charlie Jones caused serious
problems for the ‘Dee defence as the guys used every inch of the width of the pitch!
Bann dominated the second half and with Alex Megaw and Keith Adams in the engine room and Reuben McCreery keeping things tight at the back, Bann were on the front foot in the set piece.
It was the great trio of Thompson, Jonny Little and Macauley Little that saw the ball spread wide and Jonny gaining more yardage. From the resulting ruck and play it was the solid front rower Christian Trimble who drove over for the try, with Kennedy adding the conversion.
With the score standing at 29-10 with 20 minutes to go, and with the visitors shipping a growing list of casualties, the referee, with the agreement of both sides, called a premature halt to proceedings.
The man of the match could have gone to any one of the 17 Bann players, but it was hooker Adam Cromwell who picked up the honour, given his exceptional tackle count and relentlessly energetic display.