Revitalised Limavady aiming high
Limavady are enjoying a new lease of life as the disappointments of last season have made the club all the more determined to succeed.
The Firsts were unfortunate to be relegated to Qualifying 3 but that was the knock-on effect of Instonians losing their AIL place and the Thirds were pipped by Inishowen to the Minor North title.
Saturday's fixtures turned out to be convincing victories for both the Firsts, who defeated BHSFP 97-10 in the Gordon West Cup, and the Thirds, who overcame Strabane 73-17.
"In our last four starts against Strabane we had only won once so we were surprised by the result," commented Thirds manager Mark Forbes.
"Our mainly young side, who also defeated Ballyshannon 29-22 last week, scored 11 tries and there were a few outstanding contributions.
"Richard Robinson and his brother Alan were in the centre and they played havoc with the visiting defence. Richard was in fantastic form with 38 points including four tries, six conversions and two penalties."
Limavady's other tries came from Ryan Purdy (2), Ryan Young, Michael Rice, Adam Miller (2) and Glen Anderson.
"It is an encouraging start for us but we know that if there are a lot of injuries then the Thirds will suffer so it may be difficult to keep a settled side," Forbes concluded.
Strabane had already gained league points after beating Donegal Town II 39-19, but on Saturday the firm conditions didn't suit them as their strength is in the pack but they still managed three tries, from Jonny Robinson, Malcolm Finlay and Brian Pru, with Lee Edgar converting.