THE P Keenan Road Surfacing sponsored Rainey ES 1st XV and Portadown College in their annual game for the ‘Vincent Doyle Memorial Cup’. Rainey were hoping for a much improved performance from last Saturday.
A number of changes were made to the starting line up, so a number of new players were getting their chance. The players responded fantastically well, producing an encouraging team performance. Rainey went 3-0 up early on with a Martin Connolly penalty. Portadown responded with a try to lead 5-3. Then sustained pressure from Rainey enabled Martin Connolly to kick his second penalty to regain the lead 6-5. The score changed hands again with a Portadown penalty. They now led 8-6. Arran Murphy then got a try late in the half, Connolly converted to send Rainey into the half time break with a 13-8 lead.
Rainey started the second half brightly, but failed to convert pressure into points. A further penalty from the visitors reduced the lead to 13-11. In the closing stages of the game Portadown took the lead 14-13 with another penalty. With Rainey going all out for the win, Portadown broke from their own half to score a converted try to lead 21-13. With time running out Rainey never gave up and Martin Connolly kicked a penalty to leave the final score 21-16 to Portadown.
Although a defeat, there was a positive response from the players, with Michael Kelly and Michael Nevin showing what they can produce at 1st XV level. It was a great benefit to have Michael Dawson returning from Ulster U19 duty.
An experienced 2nd XV struggled to get on top of Portadown College. Both teams made many errors early in the game which disrupted any fluency. Although Rainey dominated territory they could not break away. However, with half time approaching Oisin Quinn broke clear to score under the posts. Gavin Pollock converted to give Rainey a 7-0 lead. Portadown conceded a soft try early in the second half when they failed to clear their line. The lead was now reduced to 7-5.
Mid way through the 2nd half the home side produced the move of the game and after a slick back movement Matthew Stewart scored in the corner. The conversion was missed and Rainey held out to deservedly win 12-5.
The 3rd XV playing their third game of the season lost 22-10, with tries from Johnny Blair and Thomas Maines. A little more teamwork and some time playing together should improve performances.
The ‘David Allingham Forklift Training’ sponsored Medallion XV lost to a big and abrasive Portadown team. Again as far as performances go the local boys can be fairly happy and with the hard work the boys are doing in training a win is just around the corner. They lost 32-19 with Calvin Smith, Connor Brennan and Andrew Conway scoring tries. Mark Rooney kicked two conversions.
The U13 A and U14 A travelled to Portadown to play Clounagh JHS. The U14 A were unlucky to lose 10-5 with Anton Lupari scoring the try. The Under 13 A however had the result of the day winning 64-0. The try scorers were Joshua Henry with 4, Adam Patrick (2), Matthew Porter (2), Connor Stringer (1), Jonathan Hanna (1) and Callum Hutchinson (1).
The U13 B and U14 B travelled to Campbell College to play their games. The U13 Bs lost 28-5 with Patrick McGowan scoring the try and the U14 Bs winning 24-0 with Mark Evans and James McMillan scoring the tries.
This Saturday’s fixtures are against Larne GS. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd XVs are away, with the Medallion, U14 A and B and U13 A and B at home. Kick Offs are at 10.15am, so all support is welcome.