Ards 2nds continue good form!
By STEPHEN NUTT
Lawton's men march on with a convincing win against Lisburn!
Ards 2nds travelled to Lisburn last Saturday for a Provincial 4 League match. After some recent good performances and results, confidence was high and the Ards camp were eager for the game.
The game got underway in surprisingly good conditions underfoot after Fridays downpour and Ards couldn’t have asked for a better start when Captain Adam Faloon, used his power and pace to cross the whitewash in the first minute for Andrew Savage to land the extras. Lisburn 0 v Ards 2nds 7
A few minutes later, Savage added to his tally with a neatly struck penalty, as Ards eased into the game. Lisburn 0 v Ards 2nds 10
The surge of expectancy in this Ards outfit was palpable as they went on the hunt for another score which was soon to be rewarded with a fine effort by hooker Davy Chivers, when he burst through the hosts defence to dot down out wide for Ards’ second. Lisburn 0 v Ards 2nds 15
Ards’ third try in the half, came courtesy of Oren Kisby who used his strength to muscle and bustle his way over the line for Savage to convert. Lisburn 0 v Ards 2nds 22
Prop Phil Shields was outstanding in the loose, jackling ball at the breakdown and offloading to his supporting teammates to make further yardage up the field. Back row forwards Robert Hull and Jimmy Gray were always in the thick of the action and presented well as first receivers.
There was no further scoring in the half and Ards were more than content to be well in control at the break.
Half time: Lisburn 0 v Ards 2nds 22
In the second half, stalwarts Gary Presho, Stevie Cullen and Jonny Millar showed their experience in the mauls and lineout and helped settle the nerves when Lisburn countered on a number of occasions with some robust defence.
On 45 minutes, great work in the backs by Mark McLean, Adam Curry, Andrew Savage and Adam Faloon, set Davy Chivers up for his second of the day and made a victory seem all the more likely. Lisburn 0 v Ards 2nds 27
Due to some positional Adam Carroll, moved from the wing to openside flanker where he flourished in the contact zone. On one occasion he ripped the ball off the opposition and almost ran the full length of the pitch only to be dragged down agony close to the try-line for what would have been a superb try.
However all was not lost; as Carroll went to ground he had the presence of mind to pop the ball to a close supporting Adam Faloon to seal an amazing try for Savage to convert and secure a memorable victory for the Ardsmen. Lisburn 0 v Ards 2nds 34
Adam Coulter showed his flare at fullback with some fine fielding and counter attacking as did Ross Hughes who chased up every ball putting the hosts under immense pressure to clear their lines. Debutant Ben Thompson put in a fine second half performance and is a welcome addition to the squad.
Another good day at the office from an Ards perspective with the final score Lisburn 0 v Ards 2nds 34.
Ards Man of the Match award went to Adam Carroll for his tenacious commitment throughout the game and in particular his never say die spirit in the back-row in the second half. A nice bottle of claret was gratefully received and promptly shared out amongst his jubilant teammates.
Thanks are extended to our hosts Lisburn, the match day official, Ricky Sadler for his steadfast support on the touchline and the Ards team who travelled on the day, a job well done