Start of season win for 2’s

UUC Power NI 2XV match report 14-09-13

The first fixture of the new season saw the uni second XV play their first round match of the Junior 5 League in good conditions against Dungannon 4’s
The game started very even with both sides getting share of position. The first infringement came from the Dungannon side and was in range for Tommy McGlaughlin. Penalty converted, 3-0. Dungannon replied from the kick off with some very forceful defence pinning the students into their 22 were Dungannon turned the ball over but a little knock allowed for a uni scrum, who coped tremendously well with the bigger Dungannon pack, allowed Tommy to kick the ball safely to touch on the uni 10m line. From a messy lineout allowed Angus ‘The Goose’ Jinks to borrow through from no where to gather the ball, and the uni pack did exceptionally well to recycle the ball from a very physical pack, with several phases of play later allowed Tommy a sneaky pot shot at goal with a drop kick, score now stood 6-0.
However this did not deter the advancing Dungannon lads as they upped the tempo of the game for the next 20mins of play and with some thundering runs from their centres and forwards Dungannon fought back with vengeance and succeeded with two converted try in quick succession, the half ended with a long range penalty from Tommy yet again to make the scores 9-14 to Dungannon.
Half time 9-14
The second half saw the students start off strong, and with the gathering of the ball by Richard Brunt, who was a thorn in the Dungannon lineout all day long stealing one against the throw, which led to multiple phases of play and saw winger Adam Crawford draw the full back and feed back inside to the ever tracking Captain Phil McLean to go over in the corner, conversion missed 14-14.
Unfortunately for the game, it saw the lose of 2 Dungannon players through injury from this high tempo and physical game, and with a suspect binning of their prop reduced the Dungannon lads to 12 men, and with an over extended period in the sin bin by the ref allowed Tommy to yet again slot over a penalty and yet another drop goal, 20-14, but the lack of numbers allowed the student side to physically wear the Dungannon boys out by spreading the ball from one side to the other and with an ever more powerful student defence, as the Dungannon lads strived for another try and turn over by prop Darryl McCorriston saw yet another section of multiple phases and off loads allowing winger Adam Crawford on his debut to run 45metres and score between the posts Adam dropped the conversion to make the score 27-14 for the final score.
Great start to the second’s season who have aspirations of following on from last years league win by targeting Junior 5, they also wish to pass on their best wishes to the injured Dungannon lads and hope for a speedy recovery

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UUC RFC Power NI 2’s continue Away Form

UUC RFC Power NI 2nd XV Continue Away Form after their win over Ballymena 5’s last week.
Conditions were perfect, cool but dry with a difficult low sun facing the UUC Power Ni 2’s in the first half at the Maynard Sinclair grounds in the surroundings of Stormont.
The first 10 minutes we were painfully slow to get started, a high ball was dropped under a difficult sun with their number 10 scoring from the consquenting lineout unopposed under the posts. 7-0 to the home team.
UUC Power Ni 2’s regrouped with Jamie ball slotting over 3 points from a penalty for offside at the breakdown, though missed tackles were the main problem facing the student side. This led to Civil Service’s second score in the corner scored by their number 14. Then as phases were being put together by the students an as play after play and gradually crept their position into Civil service territory, the Lineouts and scrums were becoming dominant you could see momentum was shifting. A charge for the line by a moving pack in the lineout with Jamie Ball sneaking out the back door to put ball over the line, conversion from the try scorer was successful. Service came straight back and scored a try through the forwards with some tight play. Conversion missed.
Final play of the first half saw UUC camped in the Service 22 a charge down from Outhalf Chris Elliott and in his motion of picking up the loose ball was taken out but Ball was gathered by the ever present Phil Mclean with an easy pick up and dive over the line for a try. Ref deemed the tackle without the ball to be a try scoring opportunity and sent the left wing to the bin for 10 minutes.
Half time score of 17-17
Second half saw a rejuvenated UUC side. Try saving tackles were being made and the lifting moral was gaining speed and confidence, an overlap in the home sides 22 saw debutant Jonny Harding placing the ball on the line under difficult pressure. Jamie Ball converted. Pressure was placed on the opposition backs and mistakes were made, the resulting pressure led to turn over ball and Nigel Irwin popped up on the wing to place the ball down.
10 minutes later a scrum on the 10 meter line inside the home teams half, Jamie Ball intercepted from the oppositions 10 leaving a 2 on 1 with the fullback. Nigel was there again to run in close to the post leaving the score 34-17. Play was scrappy towards the end with UUC’s defence the difference. The ref blew the whistle with the away side glad to be leaving with 2 points after a poor performance leaving them in 2nd place in Junior 6.
Man of the match was hard to pick but Nigel Irwin a veteran of the student side deserves this title.
Report By
Chris Elliott

Win Secured against a very tought City of Derry 4’s

The University 2nd XV squad were on the road again on Saturday past to take on City of Derry 4th XV in an Ulster Branch Minor League North fixture. The Uni lads were quietly confident having easily dispatched their opposition in the home game at Cromore road before the Christmas break. However, judging from the pre-match warm up, it was evident that City of Derry had made a few changes to the side that travelled to Cromore Road – indeed it seemed their 4th XV had been very active in the January transfer window.  The old, wise (but somewhat burly and out of shape) heads that travelled to Coleraine were replaced by younger, leaner and more athletic counterparts. Nonetheless, as Coach McCully correctly stated ‘These are the sorts of things that happen when you travel to play a senior side 4th XV and their 1st and 2nd XV’s don’t have a game. If you have a good enough team spirit you will still win’. Wise words indeed.

 

The game kicked off with the Uni men on the attack. A few early sorties into the opposition 22 were rewarded by three points from the boot of the ever reliable Richard Murphy. Restart kick-off receipt was poor, something that has been a problem for the Uni lads all season. However, what followed next was UUC shampoo rugby at its finest. A few mid-field exchanges and good Uni defence resulted in the City of Derry outhalf kicking deep into the Uni 22. Fullback David McMenemy collected the ball, and in typical UUC 2nd XV fashion, elected to run out of defence rather than put the kick in. The Armagh flyer beat numerous defenders and off-loaded the ball to a Uni player on half way. A number of great ‘take and gives’ saw the Uni lads advance to the opposition 22. As a City of Derry defender put in a good tackle, the ball was off loaded to Stevie Brown coming in at pace. Stevie cut a great angle, drew the last defender and put Richard Murphy in for a length of the pitch try. The two Uni alicadoos on the touchline were in raptures. Murphy easily converted his own try, 10-0 to the Uni. The pre-match words from Coach McCully really did seem well founded at this stage. Yet, for the next 15 mins the Uni men decided to switch off defensively, with City of Derry scoring two soft tries, both of which were converted. The young, athletic City of Derry team had their tails up at this stage and things looked ominous for the Uni boys. However, that man David McMenemy came to the rescue again! Good handling by the Uni backline saw the Armagh flyer coming into the line from fullback; with two defenders to beat he elected to chip the ball over the top. He then duly followed up his own kick, leaving defenders in his wake, for the Uni’s second try of the game. Murphy was successful with the conversion. Score 17-14 to the Uni. The whistle for half-time blew shortly afterwards.

 

The Uni lads started the second half in great spirit, buoyed by the late McMenemy score just before half-time. The Uni scored another two unanswered tries, neither of which were converted. The first went to Chris McClelland after good all round team play. The second was scored by winger, Nathan McCall, after a few good phases of play the ball was passed out the entire backline for the winger to literally fall over the line for a well deserved score. Richard Murphy also kept the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty, great game management from the fly half. The score was now 30-14 to the Uni. Surely this was game over – but far from it! The City of Derry men came back hard at the Uni boys and scored two excellent tries of their own, one of which was converted, along with a penalty goal. The score was now 30-29 to the Uni, and as the City of Derry captain shouted loudly to his players, this really was ‘game on!’. To their credit the Uni lads dug deep, and were awarded another penalty for their continued pressure in the City of Derry half. Murphy converted with ease, leaving some breathing space with the score at 33-29. A few minutes later with the clock running down the Uni boys were awarded another penalty 20 metres out directly in front of the posts. The was due mainly to great defensive work from Stevie Brown with a huge ‘man and ball’ tackle and then getting back to his feet almost instantaneously to steal ball. The City of Derry player held on to the ball for his life, still reeling from the huge hit Stevie had just put in on him, giving the referee no option but to award the penalty. Richard Murphy stepped up to convert what seemed like a straight forward three points. However, using his years of experience Richard decided to miss the penalty and therefore avoid the dreaded half-way restart (which the Uni really have been having trouble dealing with all season) and thus make City of Derry drop out from their 22 instead (I’m sure this must be what he was thinking!!). Anyhow, this proved to be an excellent decision as City of Derry kicked out long from their 22 restart. The Uni lads easily retained possession until the final whistle, gleefully kicking the ball out of play on the stroke of full time. Final score 33-29.

 

This was an excellent performance from the Uni 2nd XV squad. However, there is still plenty to be worked on. Conceding 4 tries is never something to be proud of. It would be difficult to pick out a Man of the Match, but great games were had upfront by captain Scott ‘Randy’ Stevenson, Stuart Whitcroft, Dave Coaches and Chris McClelland. In the backs, Richard Murphy had another solid well controlled game, whilst Stevie Brown,  and Lee Johnson showed flashes of brilliance, but David McMenemy created so fantastic moves from full back setting up two tries and with his fantastic counter attacking earned him Man of The Match .  Next game for the lads is a home fixture in the McCambley cup against Carrick 5’s. A successful run in the cup would really add the gloss to what has already been an excellent season.

 

uni seconds return to winning ways

Uni were simply superb as City Of Derry were the visitors and the freshly strengthened side saw the return of Joe McKinney, Aaron Doherty as well as the long awaited return of Andrew Munce to the second row, the uni now at full strength for the first time in 2 weeks had a team that wanted to prove a point.
The weather conditions were perfect for playing, however it was the City Of Derry lads who scored first from a messy ruck, a hack on and a more than suspect grounding of the ball saw a score for them in the corner, conversion missed. 0-5

The solid front row of Linsey McLaughlin, Scott Stevenson and Dave McCullough dealt with the larger City Of Derry pack well as they ensured unyielding scrums all day long, and from a scrum on the halfway line, quick ball along the back line saw a great backline move up towards the City Of Derry 22, when the forwards recycled the ball well and lock Daniel Morgan broke through several defenders to crash over the line, conversion missed 5-5 it was game on.

City of Derry battled back hard, soon after kick off with a sustained period camped on the Uni try line, but fantastic defence by both forwards and backs shown the way by Andrew Munce and Joe McKinney lead to the uni lads forcing a penalty from City Of Derry,

this was the vital turning point in the game, as you could visibly see the intensity of the Uni step up considerably, and as they increased the pressure in the last 20mins of the half the uni scored 3 more times from Berge, McMenemy and Whitcroft, half time score 24-5

City Of Derry kicked off the second deep into the Uni 22 and a moment of miscommunication saw no one claim the ball and the City of Derry winger took full advantage of the bounce, too dot the ball under the posts, 24-12. However this would be the last time City of Derry would enter the Uni 22.

The Fantastic defensive work of the forwards forcing turnovers combined with the magic hands and great running lines of the backs saw a bombardment of trys in the second half, as the fitter pack led strongly by Scott Stevenson helped open up space for McMenemy, Berge and Whitcroft all to score their second trys. And as the game opened up further sub Tails Hill, went over the white washed joined by Richard Murphy soon after. Final Score was 62-12, keeping the Uni’s record of being the most attacking backline in the league. It was also great to see that subs of Niall Diffin, Tony Colgan and Tails slotting into the game seamlessly.  Man of the match went to Andrew Munce whose work rate was second to none on the day. They hope to carry this team trough to the next game against Donegal away, with their ones are not playing it will be a tough encounter, but the belief is in the squad to bring home a win from Donegal next week 26/11/11.

UUC 2’s suffocated by Inishowen 1st XV

The Uni lads travelled northward to Inishowen R.F.C 1st XV who previously played Qualifying League Rugby until very recently, however undeterred the students were eager to find out how far they had come this year, as they were going up against such a strong team in the minor league.

It was a pleasant day in Donegal, the right conditions for running rugby and the first half did not disappoint, as both teams we’re willing to run the ball and it was 10mins and soft tackling that allowed the Inishowen team to score first down the wing. Try was converted 7-0.

UUC started to realise this was a tougher game than the previous week and stepped up the physicality in the tackle and started to force the odd turnover, however some speculative passing midfield by the forwards gave a turn over to Inishowen from which they scored on the opposite wing 10 mins later. Try converted 14-0.

A quick chat under the posts and the UUC lads dramatically upped the pace of the game working Inishowen hard from the kick off, and the continued pressure saw scrum half Tommy McGlaughlin force a penalty near the posts; it was kicked by out half Richard Murphy. 14-3

The receiving kick was fielded well by Daniel Morgan and a powerful drive by open side Stuart Whitcroft ably supported by Scott Stevenson saw the lads drive deep into the Inishowen 22, A lovely crash ball by Linsey McLaughlin and quick ruck ball saw the UUC full back head over the line 5 meters from touch. Try Converted by Murphy on the stroke of half time. 14-10 and the lads were confident they could take the game to Inishowen.

However Inishowen had other thoughts on how to play rugby in the second half, as the closed the game out by continually picking and driving in ugly but ultimately efficient rugby as the continued pressure from picking and driving led to a hands in the ruck penalty, and it was a kick top the corner, lineout maul and pick and go rugby saw Inishowen score to trys in 20mins one in each corner.

UUC 2’s never deterred from trying to play a better brand of rugby but it was hard for the chaps to get any continuity together with only 5mins of game time on the ball in the second half, but credit has to go to the uni as they never stopped defending as we seen 18 pick and goes from Inishowen and they hadn’t left their area just outside their own 22.

Final score was Inishowen 1stXV 24 UUC 2ndXV 10.
The guys have taken great pride from the game being a genuine Minor League team doing so well against a former qualifying team and look forward to the Inishowen lads travelling up to the Sam Logan Stadium in the New Year.

Man of the match was yet again a hard decision with so many guys making an impressive contribution to the team, but Stuart Whitcroft certainly had to take the honours as he battled hard at every ruck and maul.

2ndXV Suffer First Defeat

It was a wet and windy day at Lime Park Armoy, the pitch was heavy under foot but the students battled hard from start to finish as the two best defensive teams in the league went head to head. Luck divided the teams in an outcome in a match that could have swung either way on the day.

The first half was a close fought encounter as both teams defended vigorously and a strong referee kept Armoy honest but first points went to Armoy after 15mins of play as they kicked a penalty, 3-0. The students battled back hard and only after Armoy conceded 8 penalties in a row did the students finally take advantage of a positional penalty and kicked 3 points of their own, 3-3. The continual penalty count frustrated the students as they couldn’t gather momentum against Armoy a yellow card may have enabled the game to settle down into some rhythm but this wasn’t to be and it was Armoy to strike next 10mins before half time by kicking a penalty to take the score to 6-3. 5 mins before half time the University lost hooker Jeremy Gregg who took a nasty tackle.

The second half saw the student start the more aggressive of the two teams stretching Armoy from one side of the pitch and Jamie Ball kicked them well deep into the corners, a knock on from a lineout by Armoy saw a scrum 8 metres from the line and pick up from Aaron Doherty drive well from the back of the scrum and quick recycling of the ball seen Stuart Whitcroft dive for the corner only to be denied by millimetres on the touch line.
The students found it hard to create any flow in their game due to excessive penalties from Armoy, however credit has to go to Armoy on their well drilled defence as they played the conditions well and kept the students at bay. It was this strong defence that put pressure on the students which saw a break down in communications and a dropped pass, the quick thinking of the Armoy number 6 saw him hack the ball through, he controlled the ball well to see him go over the line 10mins before time, the converted to make the score line 13-3. The students battled bravely to the last minutes of the game and believed if the game were to continue it would most definitely have finished on a different score.

Although the students were beaten they can take great pride from the game, as it was a hard fought game from both teams, and one of those games that could have went either way. There will be hard lessons learned from this game, and the students shall take them on board and implement them at training to help secure a victory in their next game away against Inishowen.
Man of the Match went to Jamie Ball at scrum who kept the students heading in the right direction.

UUC 2s leave it late to seal win

After last weeks win against Donegal 2s the students had a much tougher task of Strabane 2s at the Sam Logan Stadium. A close fought encounter saw the students come out 10-9 winners against Strabane.

From the whistle it was obvious the game was going to be physical and that every point would count as the rain was becoming heavy. The uni defence was solid and the students where able to keep Strabane in their own half, and for the first 20 minutes didn’t look like either team was going to score. After a period of play indiscipline started to creep into both sides but an excellent forwards drive and a dubious call from the ref penalised the uni, giving Strabane a penalty in the 22. Their out half stood up to the mark and converted the kick. The students hit back immediately and earned a penalty in the Strabane 22. Jamie Ball stepped up to the mark and converted making the score 3-3, the Uni lads had another attempt at a penalty just before half time but kicker Jamie shaved the up right and missed, at half time the score was 3-3.


The second half started off with the same intensity as the first half, both teams defences where solid. Soon into the second half Strabane where awarded a penalty and converted to make the score 6-3 to Strabane. Straight from the kickoff Strabane worked their way back into the students 22 and a great tackle by lock William Waddell stemmed a telling attack from the Strabane forwards, the students were unlucky as Strabane were awarded another penalty for an infringement in the ruck. Strabane converted the penalty to make the score 9-3.

At this point the students switched on and pushed Strabane deep into their own half. With outstanding ruck work from the uni forwards, saw phase after phase of recycled ball and it was only a matter of time that frustration would set into Strabane, the fitness of the Uni and quick recycling produced the end result as frustration set in and Strabane gave a penalty away less than 5 minutes from time. Tommy McLaughlin took a quick tap and the ball was spread through the backs to winger David McMenemy who cut up Strabane’s defence and crashed over the try line close to the posts, making the score 9-8 in favour to Strabane. Jamie Ball stepped forward to take the conversion and slotted it between the posts making the score 10-9 to the students. With a minute and half to go the uni received and secured the kickoff, recycled the ball and on the 80th minute kicked the ball out of play to seal a hard fought win.

Jamie Ball Delivers Winning Kick in a nail biting finish

This game has shown the lads that they can match the physical teams and puts them in good stead for their fourth coming teams of Armoy 1st XV and Inishowen 1st XV, its just a pity it took 60mins of rugby before the Uni lads opened up and showed Strabane what they could really do. Man of the match award went to Romain Berge who was outstanding at full back, But credit must go to Jamie Ball who steadied the ship and showed nerves of steel to clinch the match!

Randy has been in the wars!!

Donegal Blown away by uni seconds

Donegal blown away by sensational Uni 2’s

Uni were simply superb as Donegal were the visitors and had no answers for the hosts’ intensity that lasted from the first minute to the last proved to be too much for Donegal in a game that was called up short.
The weather conditions were not perfect for playing, as it rained the entire time making the ball very slippery indeed, however this did not dampen the Uni passion nor their skill level as they took an early mistake by Donegal and the ever improving Tommy ‘The Guns’ McLaughlin collected the ball on full stride and broke through the Donegal defensive line for the first score of the game, conversion missed 5-0, 6mins gone.
The solid front row of Linsey McLaughlin, Scott Stevenson and Darryl McCorriston ensured solid scrums all day long, and from a scrum on the halfway line, quick ball along the back line saw Tony Colgan score in the corner after 14mins score 10-0 conversion missed.
At this point Donegal seemed perplexed by the sheer intensity and skill level of the Uni 2’s side as only minutes had passed and after a turnover created by the phenomenal John ‘JD’ Dillon allowed quick hands out the back line and then a great dummy pass by Ryan Gilmore saw him go over under the posts, conversion kicked by Richard Murphy 17-0. A mistake by Donegal from the kick of saw the teams return to the halfway line for a scrum, quick pick up from Number 8, Stuart Whitcroft saw him interlinking with Jamie Ball and John Dillon and with great support lines by the 8 seen him over the white wash, conversion kicked 24-0 half time score.

Donegal kicked off the second after deep into the Uni 22 and the ball was fielded by wing forward JD and quick ruck ball allowed the Uni Full Back Romain Berge to pick a lovely line between the centres to run 60 meters and score under the posts, conversion kicked, 31-0. Again the Uni 2’s received a deep kick off, and great forward mauling saw JD run off the back of it and with a kick ahead, the Donegal backs had to scramble back, and the quick reactions of JD and Whitcroft allowing the Donegal fullback to play the ball before trying to turn him over gave the Uni a penalty under the posts for holding on, quick tap left saw centre Murphy crash over for a score, conversion scored 38-0. 5mins later new comer to the club Daniel Noble only on the pitch receiving a sneaky ball on the blind side wing and with a great side step seen him under the posts as he out sprinted the recovering defence of Donegal to dot the ball under the posts. Conversion Missed 43-0.
The pressure was relentless by the uni and a line out from a penalty gave the Uni back line another chance to run hard and true at Donegal as centre Gilmore crashed through on the miss pass, and off loaded beautifully to Whitcroft who supported fantastically all game, went over for his second try of the game conversion kicked
50-0.
55mins into the game and from an attacking scrum just outside the Donegal 22, Tommy McLaughlin took it upon himself to crash the ball up; but slack tackling by Donegal allowed Tommy to power his way over the line. Conversion missed. 55-0
The final play of the game saw a receiving kick collected and driven by prop McLaughlin, and fantastic rucking by Vice Captain Andrew Munce gave quick ball to the backline, with Daniel Morgan crashing up the centre, while passing the ball to Murphy who took his chance with a 2v1 to release Scott Stevenson the hooker down the wing and to go over near the posts, he converted his own try by a drop goal. The game was called up short with the final score 62-0.
The man of the match award has been the toughest yet, so tough in fact it has been awarded to both Stuart Whitcroft and John Dillon.

UUC 2’s next encounter will be 2nd placed Strabane 2’s who will bring a tougher game to the Sam Logan Stadium at cromore road, so it will be vital for 1 to 22 to make it out to training for this upcoming collision, it will let the lads know if they have a chance of winning the league this season, however it is the belief of the coaching staff that this squad of players has what it takes to go all the way!

UUC 2’s V Tir Chonaill 1’s

UUC 2’s Continue Winning Ways.

 

After a reasonably even opening few minutes, Tir Chonaill were second best to a Uni side who played the conditions perfectly. Time and again, the Uni kickers pinned Tir Chonaill back deep in their own half and seemingly executed their tactical plan perfectly, daring them to run from deep. Tir Chonaill could barely get out of their own half and the home side enjoyed a glut of possession which they made good use of. Wave after wave of attack smashed into the Tir Chonaill defence and, although every player tackled manfully, something had to give sooner or later.

A significant penalty count against the Black and Whites didn’t help nor did a lineout which misfired on occasions. Tir Chonaill just couldn’t get into the game, they are however a developing side, which show great signs of promise. As a result, the home side were dominant and, with Tommy McLaughlin once again pulling the strings in expert fashion, Uni were good value for the win and Tir Chonaill could have few complaints. There were odd flashes of hope but the ball never quite went to hand or was turned over and there wasn’t even the bonus of a consolation score.

Conditions had looked good in the run up to kick off but, just before the teams appeared, the heavens opened. What effect would it have? Both teams started in positive fashion despite the slippery ball, the Uni Scored in the first 10mins of the game from stolen lineout in the Tir Chonaill 22 set up good field position and the home side looked the stronger as Uni forwards looked for quick ruck ball  for the backs and they  made no mistakes as they went 7-0 after nine minutes. Uni responded well from the kick off and had a couple of good attacking positions but lost control of the greasy ball in contact and Tir Chonaill were quick to snaffle possession.

It was fairly helter skelter stuff and there was little room to move in midfield with Richard Murphy in particular flying up in defence to make tackles. Along with Jamie Ball at full back little got past the uni defensive back 3.The second try scoring chance was on 20 minutes as Murphy sprinted through on to a measured grubber kick from Tommy McLaughlin. He controlled the hack on but knocked on the act of stooping to pick up the ball and score. It was a let off for Tir Chonaill, much of the play was in the Tir Chonaill half at this point but the defence was committed and tackles were being made. Possession was needed, however. Uni finally broke through on 25 minutes. Tommy switched play to the blindside where Murphy and Ryan Gilmore combined to draw the last man and sent the uni full back Jamie Ball scooting down the 5 metre channel and over for the try. Murphy missed the conversion 12-0.

The away side had their tails up and David McMenemy had to scramble back to deny Tir Chonaill’s winger a chance after a powerful break from his own  half. The solid scramble defence saw the Uni lads play the ball back up to the Tir Chonaill 22 they were now struggling to get a foothold in the game. Any possession they got was received deep in their own half and they were limited to kicking and chasing. On the contrary, Uni looked lively and confident at half time. 12-0

Early in the second half, another squandered lineout then cost Tir Chonaill as Joe McKinney nick the lineout ball, fed to Jeremy Gregg who fed blind side wing forward Ricky Boyd a lovely ball taking out several defenders, and with quick ball saw the uni winger McNenemy going over in the corner. 17-0

It had been gallant defence but Tir Chonaill cracked again on 55 minutes. Tommy worked his magic in midfield and sent Murphy crashing into the 22. Quick ball then had Tir Chonaill outnumbered and Murphy recovered well to dive over in the corner. Murphy converted from the touchline for a 24-0 lead. Uni were rampant and Tir Chonaill seemingly on the ropes and another catch and drive quickly produced the fourth try. Boyd was again involved in the interplay along with Number 8 Kyle Hetherington which saw Prop Scot ‘Randy’ Stevenson head over in the corner for the try, conversion missed. 29-0

And, if ever any moment summed up The Uni’s day, it was in the last 10mins minute when McMenenmy benefited from a Tir Chonaill mistake as they kicked wildly, he caught the ball on the 10metre line and beat the defensive line to make it into the corner for his 3rd try, conversion missed 34-0. Then 2 mins later saw some great interplay with forwards and backs unleashing centre Ryan Gilmore into the corner for the final phase of the game to score, conversion kicked by the ever impressive Jamie Ball, 41-0 Final score.

Man of the match went to the very impressive debutant of David McNenemy who had an excellent day on the wing. But it was a tough decision with great games from, Ball, Murphy, and Rusty who deserve credit for a well played game.

Tea

1. David ‘Coaches’ McCullough
2. Jeremy ‘Wiry’ Gregg
3. Scot ‘Randy’ Stevenson
4. Andrew ‘Big Lad’ Munce
5. William ‘Sasquatch’ Waddell
6. Liam ‘George’ O’Diskin
7 Joe ‘Zeus’ McKinney
8 Kyle ‘Ankles’ Hetherington
9. Mark ‘Rusty’ Gillespie
10. Tommy ‘The Guns’ McLaughlin
11. David ‘Marshall Mathers’ McMenemy
12. Richard ‘Murph’ Murphy
13. Ryan ‘Gilly’ Gilmore
14. Tony ‘TLC’ Colgan
15. Jamie ‘Hitman’ Ball

16. Nigel ‘The Menace’ Irwin
17. Ricky ‘Drinker’ Boyd
18. Lindsey ‘Phats’ McLaughlin

UUC 2’s Too Strong for Ballymoney

The individual performances coupled with a titanic backline effort dragged Uni over the finish line as victors against a much bigger and more physical Ballymoney team.

As soon as the game started our error became clear. What Uni lacked in size they more than made up for with speed and sheer ferocity in contact. With a rampant back row led by the outstanding Number 8 Aaron Doherty, and Number 7 Joe ‘Zeus’ McKinnley barely missed a tackle all game. Uni’s pack ran Ballymoney off their feet in the first half, suffocating them and linking brilliantly with the backs.

And what a back division! Feeding off the sheer number of offloads from their pack, the Uni back line, led by Tommy McLaughlin at fly half and the effervescent scrum half Mark Gillespie tore into Ballymoney. Within 10 minutes Uni were on the board, choosing to run a penalty from ten metres out and Tommy went in virtually under the posts. Ballymoney stepped up the pressure forcing themselves into the Uni 22, but struggled to deal with the physicality of Uni and lost the ball. Quick hands out the back line saw Jackson the full back scoring again under the posts. Towards the end of the half and after shrugging off a few injuries both Tommy and Jackson where on the score sheet again. Continued pressure from the Uni forwards resulted in a scrum just outside the 22, a quick hook and quicker feet from the number 8 left the Ballymoney backrow bemused as he sprinted past them to dot the ball down between the post. Half time Score 36-0

After the half-time talk, Ballymoney came out and began to play with more purpose. It paid dividends at first, the Ballymoney forwards scoring under the posts, and then some poor tackling from Uni saw them score again under the posts. Uni regrouped under the posts and came out fighting; the inexorable physicality of the Uni defence began to tell, soaking up everything that Ballymoney could throw at them, leading by example Jonny Dingley new to the club this year making tackle after tackle. The telling moment of the half came when Ballymoney’s forwards knocked the ball on and Tommy McLaughlin swept the ball up in full stride side stepping 3 defenders and running half the pitch to score just beside the posts. Uni continued the pressure as Jackson made a fine tackle on the Ballymoney centre and turned the ball over, and cleverly seeing the open space, chipped the ball over the oncoming Ballymoney rush defence and collecting it to score under the posts.

The last 10 minutes saw some end to end action, as Ryan Gilmore drew two defenders to unleash new comer Tony Colgan down the wing to score on his debut to rugby and for the Uni. A mistake by the Uni saw Ballymoney who, never looked like quitting, continue there onslaught of forward play with great close quarter handling they fooled the uni lads as the big prop went over the white wash in the dying moments of the game. Final Score UUC 2’s 58-21 Ballymoney 5’s.
A well deserved man of the match award goes to Jonny Dingley for his outstanding defence and ball carrying skills. And a mention to Gareth Bell the injured captain for his organisational efforts with the 2ndXV squad that has helped introduce great depth to the club.

Next week UUC 2’s look forward to welcoming newcomers Tir Chonaill to the Sam Logan Stadium at Cromore Road.

UUC 2nd XV Too Strong For Finn Valley

2nd XV Of To Winning Start

 

Squad Picture Of UUC 2's and their new strip

This time last year Brett Campbell was spluttering with exasperation at the wastefulness of his UUC RFC 2nd XV team, who had failed for the third consecutive season to win the minor league. Now he is beaming as the UUC 2’s storm towards the top of the table after their first win of the season and this has restored the twinkle to his eye.

Campbell is keen to point out that this was a true 2nd XV team and one he knows will be very successful this year.  UUC are a fresh and fit young team who are well used to playing against the big boys. Newcomers to the league; Finn Valley 1st XV were shown by Brett Campbell’s team that youth along with skill and passion has become a tradition at the club. This is the ethos that defines UUC RFC.

UUC RFC scored eight tries. Five from swaggering backs moves and three from rolling mauls. Ignominy could not have got much worse than that for Finn Valley fans, none of whom had much to celebrate bar a little period of pressure in the last minutes.

Daniel Morgan, Andrew Munce and Kyle Hetherington benefited from fantastic forward interplay, finishing with a brace of tantalizing tries.

The Athletic UUC 2's Pack

New boys Ryan Gilmore and Lee Johnston waded into the action with UUC’s flare points, scoring after a typically relentless build-up from the home team.

Lee Johnston Makes Line Break Against Finn Valley

Campbell believes the unrivalled companionship this team has will lead them to league and cup wins in the 2011-12 season.

This could be the most exciting season ahead that the UUC2’s have had in a long time.

Pictures – Micheal McQuitty

Match Report – Gareth Bell