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Portadown runaway victors after nervy start

Portadown College 36 Limavady GS 5

By Staff Reporter

A nervous start by both teams resulted in many basic mistakes and although Limavady Grammar managed to hold their opponents to 5-5 at the halfway stage it was Portadown College that dominated the second half, scoring five more tries.

The visitors went ahead when a well-worked move from a set piece resulted in right winger Christopher Thornberry going over in the corner.

Limavady created a number of opportunities - especially with their shortened line-out - and that paid off when Robbie Hunter was driven over.

"We started showing our potential at the start of the second half," stated Portadown coach Andrew Symington. "We had much more penetration from set pieces and maintained possession better."

Adam Speers controlled from out-half kicking tactically at opportune times. "We had a lot of success from these kicks," he added. A pop pass from industrious backrower Daniel Moorcroft allowed Speers to cross before a favourable bounce saw Dylan Nelson add the third.

A deserved try followed from Moorcroft and then Nelson ran in for his second. With the last play Thornberry charged in for his second. Speers had three conversions.

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