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Evergreens Triumph At Ballymoney
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Match Report – 5th October 2013

Clem Bassett reports from Kilraught’s Road

The 2013 Evergreens completed their first set of five games with a scrappy but  comfortable win against Ballymoney Fifths.

With a few key players unavailable due to injury, birthday parties and old age and on the back of a first defeat to CIYMS last week, a win was the only result that Captain Clem Bassett would accept.dn_screen

The first half was a frustrating affair with numerous mistakes and penalties from both sides but the Evergreens managed to keep their shape and interpret the breakdown and some good rucking and quick ball allowed Matty Glen to link with his back row and back line and two scores followed to give the evergreens a half time lead of 12 points. Emlyn Williamson was on hand to go over in the corner for one try and Ali McIlwaine also burst through from 30 feet to score the second with Robert McBriar converting.

Hinch 7's in action against the Ballymoney 5's.

Hinch 7’s in action against the Ballymoney 5’s.

The second half saw Mike Mitchell returning to the scrum half position after a break of 12 years and Matty Glenn moving in to the outside centre position. The back row of Jonny Wilson, Matty  Harris and Emlyn Williamson continued to cause problems for Ballymoney and the front five lead by Brendan Warn and Neil Douglas spoiled many of the home sides line outs

Paul Koscielny controlled things at out half and three more scores came from Jason Barr, Aaron Samuels and a second for Emlyn Williamson with a conversion from Jason Barr. Ballymoney had some reward for their endeavours when they got a soft score which was converted.

The men in green now have a much needed rest before their next game against Randalstown on 19th October.

It has been a great start for the Evergreens, winning four out five. On the way they have scored  228 points which includes 40 tries. The Evergreens have a philosophy of not kicking penalties and in most games this has proved successful. The top try scores to date are James Gregg with 6, Emlyn  Williamson with 5 and Jonny Wilson with 5.