U14s v Ophir
By STEPHEN NUTT
Ards U14s lose to Ophir, but show great character and aren't overawed by their bigger opponents
Ards under 14s took to the pitch against a BIG Ophir side that looked like they would bulldoze over the home side, and within the first 5 minutes this looked the case as Ophir took the game to Ards' small compact side.
Ophir went over for a try and Ards were looking a bit shell shocked with the opposition driving hard at the breakdown and winning most of the collisions but with a bit of a regrouping Ards went back into the match
Ards had nothing to lose and everything to gain as Ophir’s big guns started to attack there was some ferocious tackles from the Ards players with some great counter rucking from the small in stature but massive in heart Ards men
Ards started to play to their strengths moving the ball through the hands and away from the big guys. Ards backs Adam Charlie AJ and Jaden all made ground and linked well with the now marauding forwards.
It wasn’t long before Ards went over for a try by Jaden, the game was nip and tuck. Power and strength over determination lots of big hits and support running saw Dylan Jones go over for try
Some great defending from both sides saw the packs fighting over every ruck and maul with Jude and Stephen working hard to put the bigger guys under pressure.
In the last minute a lapse of concentration saw the visitors go over with the easiest try of the match making the final score 20 – 26
Lots of hard work showed that size isn’t everything; these young Ards men put into practice what they had learnt and nearly came off with an unexpected win
Heads were held high as at Ards we never lose ..... we just learn.
Saturday was learn play to the whistle!
Well done U14s, great effort and keep up the training and learning!