U16s match report
By STEPHEN NUTT
U16s finish league campaign with a strong win over Ophir at Hamilton Park
Ards U16s finished off their league campaign last Saturday when they welcomed Ophir to Hamilton Park, the Ophir team appeared to be a stronger Ophir from when both teams last met before Xmas. In recent weeks the Ards senior coaches and players have held skills workshops with the U16 squad which prepared them well for this match.
The game didn’t disappoint with strong tackles from both sides but Ards kept to their game plan of wanting to get onto the score sheet first with Captain Callum O’Hanlon scoring. In heavy conditions, the Ards forward pack dominated the game and secured much possession. Out half Ethan Bell kept the Ophir side on their toes with some pinpoint kicking, putting their full back in the sights of Ards speedster Chris Harris.
The forwards, led by James McDowell kept up the pace and were rewarded with prop Brandon McCarten powering over for his own score. With more practice and training this young side are showing they are the Ards players of the future.