AIL2C: Bangor 24 Midleton 14 AIL 2C

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Bangor record a win against Midleton in AIL 2C at Upritchard Park on Saturday afternoon

A dull Saturday afternoon at Upritchard Park saw Bangor host Cork side Midleton in an AIL 2C clash.

Report and pictures by Nick Murray

The opening 20 minutes saw Bangor start the strongest, but it was Midleton who had the first chance of points with a penalty, but the kick went wide. Just 2 minutes later Bangor had the same opportunity, but that too was to go begging.

From much the same in-field position but a few yards further out from the posts, Bangor had another chance just minutes later, but it skimmed the left hand post and the score remained 0-0 despite 3 kicks at goal in 5 minutes.

Midleton pressed towards the end of the first quarter and sustained pressure in front of the Bangor line could have saw the opening score, but a stout Bangor defence won a penalty and cleared their lines.

Bangor record a win against Midleton in AIL 2C at Upritchard Park on Saturday afternoon

The Bangor scrum was immense on the day and gained possession several times in the Midleton half. However, it was from a lineout that they got their opening score, the ball fed across the pitch for Bangor ‘s Mike Weir to go over. The conversion was despatched by Gareth Millar, giving Bangor a 7 point lead at the break.

Within a minute of the restart, Bangor full-back Rhys Larmour went over and with Millar popping over the conversion, Bangor stretched their lead to 14 points before Midleton had got going.

A penalty just a couple of yards inside the Midleton half, saw Millar take it on, with a few disgruntled murmurs from the spectators. They shouldn’t have worried though, as with a huge kick and perfectly executed ‘crossbar challenge’ move, he bounced it off the horizontal and over for 3 points to take the score to 17-0.

Both sides continued to put together a few phases until Bangor’s Phil Whyte went over, once again converted by Millar’s trusty boot to push the score along to 24 – 0.

Bangor record a win against Midleton in AIL 2C at Upritchard Park on Saturday afternoon

Some could have been forgiven for thinking the game was up, but Midleton weren’t in those ranks! In the 7 minutes that followed Bangor’s conversion, Midleton scored 14 points, with firstly Charlie Murphy breaking through and then a strong tackle-busting charge from Luke Obersby saw the Cork men get back in the game following 2 conversions from Stuart Lee, at 24 – 14.

After earlier shouts of trying to keep the game to nil, the Bangor men were ultimately satisfied in keeping the score as it was, and saw out the game without further threat.

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