ON Friday 21st October the U12s played their first games in Rainey colours. Forty one boys, making up four ten aside teams, travelled to Larne GS. This proved to be a very successful afternoon with all teams showing great skill and effort to win all 4 games comprehensively.
The A team won 40 -5 with tries from Martin Cudden (3), Matthew Smyth (2), Adam Thornton, Cole Chambers and Jonathan Carson. The B team won 60-15 with tries from Stephen Greer (4), Gregory Conway (2), Jacob McGookin (2), Pearce McLarnon (2), Matthew Slane and Timothy Johnson. The C Team won 35-20 with tries from Paul McErlean (2), Jay Sayer (2), Thomas Boyle (2) and Alan Goodwin. The D team completed the clean sweep of wins by winning 35 -20 with tries from Kelvin Hyndman (2), William Hawe (2), Ross Caskey (2) and Alex McCrystal.
On Saturday 22nd October the ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored Rainey ES 1st XV travelled to face an unbeaten and fancied Limavady GS team. Rainey opened the game well and went in front early in the half with a Martin Connolly penalty. Limavady then went on the attack and took the lead with a driving try in the corner. The rest of the half was pretty even with both sides taking every chance to launch an attack. However, a loose kick out of defence by Rainey gave the home team a chance which they gratefully accepted and went in to the break leading 10-3.
Straight from the kick off Rainey made a second critical mistake which gifted Limavady their third try. They kicked it to put them 17-3 up. This gave them the point’s cushion they needed. Rainey pressed hard at times to try and close the gap but the Limavady defence held firm. Nevertheless, although defeated Rainey put in a pleasing performance with some good individual performances from debutant Conal Murphy, Jack McCalmont, Michael Dawson and Oisin Quinn. If this Rainey side can reduce their errors then results will start to go their way.
With eleven players either unavailable or injured in the senior squad this week, the knock on effect on the 2nds and 3rds was always going to tell. With many new faces in the 2nd XV they lost 34-0, although battled really hard to the bitter end. The 3rd XV also lost by 29-19 with tries from Thomas Mains, Johnny Blair and Martin Doris. Stephen Kelso kicked two conversions.
The ‘David Allingham Forklift Safety Training’ sponsored Rainey ES Medallion continued with their winning ways beating Limavady GS 19-10. This was another fantastic performance from the local boys who have recently shown some very good form. Andrew Conway scored two tries and Mark Allingham got the other. Mark Rooney kicked two conversions. The only other game this weekend was the U13 Bs who defeated Limavady GS. The points scorers were Jonathan Hanna with 3 tries, Richard Winder with 1 try and Morgan McNulty with 1 try and 4 conversions.
This Saturday’s fixtures are against Cambridge House. The 1st and 2nd XVs are away. The Medallion, U14 A and B and U13 A and B are at home. The home Kick offs are at 10.00am.