Dalriada had another profitable day on Saturday with some big wins for their teams over Larne GS.
The 1st XV backed up their win over Campbell the previous week with a very good away performance, running in four tries. The 2nd XV also scored a four try victory, running out impressive 26 – 0 victors. The medallion sealed off the day playing at home with a 61-0 win scoring nine tries in the process.
The 1st XV travelled away again hoping to build upon the performance of the previous Saturday. They started efficiently and soon were on the score board when a scrappy clearance kick was returned with interest by Ewan Strang who went over in the right corner. Fullback John Laughlin added the extra points to give Dalriada a seven point lead.
Dalriada made the most of their chances and from an attacking line out the ball was quickly moved left, for the impressive Jonny McMullan to break the line and go over under the posts. Laughlin converted taking the halftime score to Larne 0 Dalriada 14. The Grammar started the second half in determined fashion and kept Dalriada pinned in their half for the bulk of the third quarter. The home side eventually got their reward after a period on the Dalriada line when wing forward Alan Murray was driven over for a try under the posts. Out half Philip Andrews converted taking the score to 7 – 14.
Impressively, this was the sign for Dalriada to cut loose which they side did with some style, dominating the final quarter. The visitors were rewarded with McMullan bagging his second try, in the corner, quickly followed by the lively and impressive Jack McGee breaking from deep to score under the posts with a flamboyant dive. Laughlin converted the latter to take the final score to Larne 7 Dalriada 26.
Dalriada 1st XV : Sam Kyle, Thomas Procter, Peter McCully, Stuart Mulholland, Mathew Glenn, Andy Skelton, David Campbell, Roger Bonar, Rhys McAuley, Ben Henderson, Jack McGee, Jonny McLaughlin, Jonny McMullan, Ewan Strang, John Laughlin.
The 2nd XV made it a successful away trip for the senior squad. Tries from Nathaniel Steele, Adam Pollock, David Holmes and Matthew Dunlop and three conversions from Jamie Gardiner making it 26-0 for the vastly improved Second XV. There were impressive displays from the forwards, ably led by David Holmes and the backs where Nathaniel Steele and Matthew Dunlop proved to be a headache for the opposition all through the match.
The medallion played Larne at home and ran in nine tries clocking up an impressive 61 points. Peter Dunlop had a very successful day with 31 points made up of three tries and eight conversions. Ryan Malcolmson got a couple of tries as did Ross Johnson. Alex Henry and Callum MacAuley both got one each to make it a successful morning. The match also saw a number of positional changes due to injuries and unavailability. The new half back combination of Adam Barton and Peter Dunlop worked extremely well and so gives the team more options for the future. Henry Loan played at full back for the day and as usual proved a handful for the Larne defence. The win was based around doing the basic skills efficiently and with accuracy.
In the other junior games the under 14’s enjoyed another successful day with a 61 – 5 victory while the under 13’s had a more competitive match running out 19-10 winners against a very strong and large Larne side. Outstanding for Dalriada was Alan Montgomery.
The teams all look forward to next Saturday were the teams all play Carrick, the senior sides again travelling away and the juniors at home with a 10.00 am kick off. All support is welcome.