Narrow win for Limavady 1st XV

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Narrow win for Limavady 1st XV thumbnailLimavady full-back Peter Wilson in action at the weekend.

CIYMS.........................................16 LIMAVADY................................17

AN economical Limavady handed neighbours Coleraine the initiative in the race for the one automatic promotion spot from Championship Two following a surprise but fully deserved victory on a crisp autumn Saturday afternoon at Belmont Road. Three visits to their opponents '22' resulted in three scores as the promotion race to Championship One was blown wide open. Previously unbeaten CI had blown away all before them this season as Limavady were still adjusting to life following last season's promotion.
CIYMS were rocked during the week when their out-half and former Ulster player James McKinney left for Jersey. This showed as their backline lacked a cutting edge despite being given countless opportunities from a pack that held the upper hand in the battle up front.
Limavady's backline received some rave reviews in last year's unbeaten league season and on 10 minutes they showed that they could operate at a higher level as skipper Robert Lamberton made a break down the left.
His kick ahead was gathered by Mark Woods whose off-load was gathered by No 8 Sam Mackey who crashed over the whitewash for the game's first score. Peter Wilson added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
The rest of the half belonged to the home side but a combination of poor handling and a ferocious and competitive defence from the visitors meant they had to rely on their scrum-half to kick three penalties for a 9-7 lead.
He almost made it 12-7 with a fourth attempt but his effort came back off a post.
However, at the break, the home team still enjoyed a two point lead.


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