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A game, which had to be moved from Gibson Park, due to unplayable pitches, was moved to? the fine surface of Orangefield Park. Ballyclare won this fixture a few weeks ago at the Cloughan, when they came back from a seemingly irretrievable situation to steal a victory in a high scoring match. Ballyclare started very strongly and had big runners at No8, lock, centre? and Out half. The Grosvenor coaching team were aware of this and had planned accordingly but no forward planning would have saved the opening try for the visitors as their lock intercepted a midfield pass and galloped in from the halfway line for a try which was duly converted, 7-0 to Ballyclare. Henry Ferris has excelled in the lineout in recent weeks and as he soared high for another clean take, the backs progressed the ball only for the aforementioned Ferris to appear from nowhere to run a try in from 30 metres. The difficult conversion was narrowly missed. 7-5 to Ballyclare. Grosvenor continued to press and a second try was scored by newcomer Jordan Brown, from another impressive lineout. Timmy McMullan converted to give the home side a 12-7 lead. In windy conditions, both sides were reluctant to put the ball in the air as its destination was a lottery. Ballyclare had always impressive runners and their centre tore through a porous home defence for an opportunistic try which was converted for a 14=12 lead to Ballyclare. From a decent scrum, Grosvenor fashioned a bit of space for winger Jordan Brown. He still had a lot to do, but showed excellent skill to round the defence to score his second try , converted by Timmy McMullan for a home lead of 19-14. Grosvenor held the initiative and it was no great surprise when a chargedown led to Taylor Pollock scoring a try, which McMullan again converted. Grosvenor 26-14. Try bonus point in the bag at half time.?

Playing into a strong wind in the second half, Grosvenor rarely got into the opposition half and had to defend resolutely to hold Ballyclare out. The loss of Taylor Pollock with a shoulder injury did nothing to enhance Grosvenor's chances of victory. Eventually after intense pressure, the Ballyclare NO 7 got over for a try which went unconverted. 26-19. Grosvenor had put in a multitude of tackles but the relentlessness of the visitors attacks, resulted in a try from their centre. This was converted and the score sat at 26-26 with 4 minutes to go. Could Grosvenor hold out ? Their only foray into the Ballyclare 22 in the second half showed a great urgency in the home team and panic in the opposition resulted in a penalty which Timmy McMullan duly converted. The final whistle blew and Grosvenor took a victory which had seemed unlikely.?

Grosvenor 2s never cease to entertain and over the past few seasons they have blown many sides away, yet hit a fallow patch and allow the opposition back into a game which really should have been beyond them. As certain areas of defence were exceptional, others were exposed and until the team defend collectively and successfully, similar results will reappear. Any criticism would be unfair to Shane Johnston with a fantastic last ditch tackle to save a seemingly certain try from their right wing and to Jeff Mealiff who was exceptional throughout, with tackles and turnovers. He gets my nomination as MOM.?

 

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