Match report - Ards 2nds v Donegal
By STEPHEN NUTT
Ards 2nds back to winning ways
Donegal arrived with only 15 players and set about their business with steely determination to get something out of this game. Ards' set piece was as solid as a rock against a heavier opposition, with Davy Reid happy to pop the ball in at the line-out in the strong blustery conditions; Davy Thompson was at no8, his experience and his ability to read the game as it unfolds was invaluable. The Ards backs worked well using the elements to their advantage with some fine tactical kicking from Adam Curry at out-half and Taylor Nutt in the centre, which kept the visitors pinned back in their own half for long periods of the game.
Prop Davy Michael has a fantastic work ethic and regularly presented as first receiver, hitting it up to make the hard yards for the backs to strut their stuff. Forwards Andy McKeag, Jimmy Gray, Sam McVeigh, Adam Fry and Adam McKee were always on hand with stalwart Thompson to set the platform for the reload and the next phase. With some decent pace, intelligent decision making, and not forgetting a little bit of brawn in the backs in the guise of McLean, Curry, Nutt, Oren Kisby, Adam Faloon, Chris Bridge and Adam Coulter, the touchline jury were quietly confident that the day would end well for the home side and so it did with a final score of Ards 29 - Donegal 17.
Ards ran in 5 tries courtesy of Adam Faloon, Mark McLean, Jimmy Gray, Davy Michael and Davy Thompson, complimented with 2 conversations from the boot of Taylor Nutt.
Great credit should go to Donegal who after going down to 14 men when one of their players had to leave the arena due to a shoulder injury, played on regardless and seemed to have 40 players on the pitch instead of a man less. They scored 3 well taken tries and converted one.
The man of the match award was split between forwards and backs this week, such was the difficulty of singling out any particular individual by the touchline jury.
Davy Thompson was adjudged to have pipped a couple of the other contenders in the forwards with his cool head under pressure and gentle leadership qualities up front.
In the backs Taylor Nutt was the man in the spotlight with his fine running, offloads and solid defence, though he too was under pressure from a couple of his back-line buddies to pick up the accolade.
Both players were each presented with a bottle of the gentle stuff generously donated by that dedicated Ards supporter, handyman and jack of all trades Trevor Braiden.
Thanks are extended to Donegal for another very enjoyable game, the match-day official and the ever faithful touchline jury.
Special thanks are also extended to our 3 subs on the day, Ross Hughes, Hugh James Torney and Ards President Ashley Peden, who donned his boots after first fulfilling his Presidential duties in the clubhouse. While subs can sometimes go unnoticed and not be regarded as important to a team, that is not the case and so a heartfelt thanks is extend your way.
Next up for the 2nds this week, is a home game against Queens. Please make every effort to make yourself available for selection and try and get to at least one training session to help improve your own skill sets, general fitness and lung capacity, for our 4 remaining matches.