Tough times for Junior teams

Rainey wing forward Magowan wins the line-out.INMM4013-413 PICTURE : Charles Henderson.
Rainey wing forward Magowan wins the line-out.INMM4013-413 PICTURE : Charles Henderson.

In the Second XV League, an early kick-off at Deramore gave Belfast Harlequins II a considerable advantage over Rainey II, who had five of their squad on the bench in Derry.

The Rainey scrummaging was top class, butQuins had it all their own way in the lineout and had a couple of match-winners behind the scrum. Leading 22-0 at a stage, Quins ran out 32-14 winners.

Rainey played some fine rugby with centre Simon Derby their most likely line-breaker. It was he who put them on the scoreboard just before half-time.Prop forward Richard Hall claimed their second, both converted by Anton Moran.

In Junior 3,Rainey III defeated Ballynahinch V 22-12 at Hatrick Park. Both sides made a lot of errors in a very scrappy affair. Scorers for Rainey were hooker Gavin Mc Guckin, centre Ciaran McIvor and full-back Mark Donnelly. Out-half Kenny Irvine kicked two conversions and a penalty. They led 12-7 at the interval.

A bad last fifteen minutes cost Rainey IV as visitors Omagh IV took advantage to win 34-14.Rainey led 14-13 going into the final quarter, but a series of substitutions saw them lose their momentum and a number of missed tackles proved costly.

Both sides were guilty of indiscipline, scrum-half Walker kicking three penalties for Rainey who trailed 10-9 at half-time.Centre McElhone put them ahead with a try in the corner, but Michael Holgate’s lineout play and his father’s experience were wasted when the game was there for the taking.

Members are advised that there are still some tickets available for the comedy play CASH ON DELIVERY, a two-act production by The Country Players in Magherafelt High School next Friday night, October 11 at 8pm. Tickets cost £10.Club funds will benefit from this event