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Malone return and are back on form with a perfect 10

By Staff Reporter

Malone Vs were the best team in Minor Rugby last season, winning East Division 2 and the Ravenhill Cup.

They have continued that winning trend in their first game of the new season after being promoted to East 1, beating Randalstown III by 56-7.

In the process they ran in 10 tries, but that should not take away from the efforts of the home side who were unfortunate to lose the services of Phil Clyde in the second half when play had to be suspended.

After that it was pretty much one way traffic in a performance that pleased new Malone captain Jonathan Keightley.

"I thought we were fitter and better organised and a lot of the credit must go to the coaching staff," said Keightley.

"We worked incredibly hard to play some fantastic rugby with plenty of open play and special mention must go to Aaron Culbert, Jona Siri and Edmund York who each scored two tries."

Ross Kane was the man-of-the-match for his all round effort, while Malone's other scorers were Ahmed Buzidi, Cathal McSorley, Ollie Cahill and last season's successful captain Tristan McCorry, with Andrew McCarter converted three of them.

Randalstown manager Aaron Murray was not too disheartened by the one-sided nature of the game.

"It was a tough start, but despite the heavy defeat we have many positives to work on in the coming weeks," he said.

"There were some promising performances. Andrew Sloane was brought down just short. Ashley McClenaghan had the strength to crash over from the base of a scrum."

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