Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Ards coach Tweed backs young guns

Ards coach Mervyn Tweed was delighted as his young guns beat Barnhall 13-10 to move into the top half of Division Three.

It was Ards’ second win in Dublin in consecutive weeks and sets them up nicely for their Senior Cup quarter final against Portadown on Saturday.

“It was another good team performance. We have no superstars, it was a good solid performance by the entire team,” said Tweed.

Ards have had their fair share of injuries this season but Tweed refuses to use them as an excuse . He is more intent on focusing on the young players that have come through the club structure.

“We’ve never blamed injuries, and we’ve had a few things hit the squad over the last three weeks, but players that have come from the Under-20’s have stepped up to the mark.”

“They have played for the team and that’s what it’s all about going to the likes of Barnhall and Suttonians,” added Tweed.

Ards took an early lead with Michael Lawton kicking a penalty and No8 Ken Heaslip going over for a converted try.

A penalty and converted try either side of half time from the home side brought the scores level but Lawton landed the winning kick with 12 minutes remaining.

It’s tight at the top of the section with three sides just four points adrift of leaders Corinthians.

Queen’s kept their promotion hopes alive with a 20-17 derby victory over Banbridge at Rifle Park.

Ian Porter was again the match winner for the students as he kicked the winning penalty - his fifth of the day - with three minutes left. Banbridge, who led 17-15, remain in the relegation play-off spot.

Portadown are seven points off the promotion places after a nine-try 61-9 demolition of bottom of the table Waterpark. while Rainey moved further away from the drop zone with a 19-8 victory at Sunday’s Well.

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