Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby

Ards look to youth for clash with Rainey

By Ronnie Ingram

Ards have had more than their share of injuries this season but there's renewed hope at the club as they introduce a couple of new players for the Ulster Senior League game against Rainey at Hamilton Park tomorrow afternoon.

Their youth policy has started to pay dividends and front row Paddy Bond and centre Joel dePledge will be making their debuts.

It is anticipated that they will be in the squad for the remainder of the season but for this game many regulars will be missing. Due to continued injury problems and unavailability captain Stewart Paul, Jonny Wylie, Garth McBurney, Peter Crone and Taylor Ferguson will be out of action.

Rainey's Paddy Magowan suffered an ankle injury against Bective a few weeks ago and is expected to be fully fit before next week's game against Banbridge.

The former Ballymena Academy and Irish Schools player is in his third year at the Magherafelt club and has played a big part in their successes.

Reece Smyton had a large part to play in Portora's comfortable 34-0 Danske Bank Medallion Shield victory over Foyle College at Enniskillen yesterday.

The out-half controlled the encounter, scoring a try, having a hand in others and adding two conversions.

Flanker Jack Rutledge ran in two tries, the others coming from lock Jack Moore, centre Angus Keys and scrum-half Ewan Haire.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph