AIL1B: Banbridge 22 Malone 15

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A strong first half from Banbridge see's them through against Malone at Rifle Park in the AIL 1B

I caught up with Banbridge and Malone in an AIL 1B match at a cold and windy Rifle Park on Saturday afternoon. With only five wins between them this season both teams had slipped into the bottom three of AIL 1B before the league was paused at the end of January.

It was a fairly scrappy match in difficult conditions. Malone had a period of pressure in the Banbridge 22 in the opening quarter, without reward, before a break out ended with a try for Banbridge out half Andrew Morrison, after a couple of phases, on the 14th minute. Adam Doherty added the extras to give Banbridge a 7 – 0 lead.

Andrew Mossion went over for the opening score for Banbridge.

Malone picked up a penalty, through the boot of Callum Smith, at the start of the second quarter to take the score to 7 – 3 but Banbridge restored their seven point lead with full back Doherty knocking over a penalty for the home side just over 5 minutes later.

Another break out from Banbridge was chipped ahead by Conor Field with Joe Finnegan winning the race with, fellow centre, Ben Carson to touch down over the line and give the home side a 15 – 3 lead as the teams went into the break.

Joseph Finnegan and Ben Carson dive on Conor Field’s kick ahead.

Banbridge started the second half strongly and they got their third try within minutes of the restart with Peter Cromie finding the line after an attacking lineout maul. Doherty added the conversion to extend the lead to 22 – 3 on the 45th minute.

The visitors finally realised the game was getting away from them and there was a bit more focus in their play, however, with something to defend, the home side continued to make them work hard for territory.

Malone finally got over the try line on the hour mark with Claytan Milligan bundling over from an attacking lineout. Rory Campbell added the conversion to take the score to 22 – 10 but, despite Malone enjoying the bulk of territory and possession for the remainder of the game they were unable to find the line again until the last play.

Dave Cave crossed for a late score for Malone.

Dave Cave crashed over with the final try to take the score to 22 – 15, and give Malone a losing bonus, but both teams will feel they could have done more in a fairly stilted game.

Banbridge: Adam Doherty, Conor Field, Joseph Finnegan, Ben Carson, Josh Cromie, Andrew Morrison, Neil Kilpatrick, Callum Reid, Peter Cromie, Stuart Cromie, Alexander Thompson, Chris Allen, Max Lyttle, Matthew Laird, Robin Sinton. Replacements: Josh Chambers, Michael Cromie, Ryan Hughes, Alexander Weir, Aaron Kennedy, Ross Cartmill.

Malone: Rory Campbell, Gareth Millar, David McMaster, Nathan Brown, Ben McCaughey, Callum Smith, Shane Kelly, Ben Halliday, Claytan Milligan, Richard Greenwood, James Michael McAlister, Stewart McKendrick, Daryl Maxwell, David Cave, Harry Andrews. Replacements: Dan Kerr, Aidan McSwiggan, Zach Devine, Jonny Betts, Matthew Neill, Lawson Porter.

LAtest Standings

The result pushes Banbridge four points clear of Navan at the bottom of the table. Malone will be looking over their shoulder and hoping they keep out of the relegation battle.

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AIL 1B Standings After Round 13


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