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Grosvenor welcomed an in-form Ballyclare to Gibson Park, knowing that it would require a stand out performance to overcome the Co. Antrim visitors. The opening period was frenetic as both sides fought to get an upper hand. After ten minutes ‘Clare kicked to the corner and set up a rolling maul but the Grosvenor defence held firm. Not to be out done the Co. Antrim men whipped the ball along their backline and created an overlap for the winger to dot down in the corner. 5-0

Grosvenor fought back and almost scored in the corner but the visitors’ covering defence was good. Grosvenor then set up a series of driving mauls inching closer to the ‘Clare line, they then opted to spin the ball out wide only for it to be intercepted by the fullback who sprinted clear. Great cover defence by Peter Dawson and Jordan Brown initially prevented the score but the ball was recycled quickly to the right wing who dived over in the corner. 10-0. Grosvenor to their credit regrouped and captain Andrew Kelly made a great break with only the full-back to prevent a score but the final pass was fumbled and a golden chance went abegging. ‘Clare pressed Grosvenor in the last few minutes and converted a penalty to leave the HT score 13-0.

Grosvenor came out strongly in the second half and several promising attacks were frustratingly disrupted by uncharacteristic fumbles and knock-ons. Rather against the run of play the ‘Clare centre pounced on a loose ball in midfield, then made good yards before firing out a long pass out to the left wing who sprinted in from 30m out. 18-0. Grosvenor refused to lie down and kept battering away at the visitors' line, finally getting their reward with a Davison try in the right hand corner. Final score 18-5.

Grosvenor will be disappointed not to get at least a losing bonus point out of this game but can take some consolation from the fact that they matched ‘Clare in most aspects of the game, except the finishing of scoring chances where the visitors were clinical.

MoM this week goes to young winger Jordan Brown who has made the transition from school rugby effortlessly and today put in a great performance in both attack and defence.




Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2019 10:07

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