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Second XV Finish Season With A Bang 

 

Lisburn 2s 40 - Larne 2s 17

 

Lisburn 2nd XV finished their League season at Blaris last Saturday with an emphatic win over Larne 2s. This was a game of two halves where Larne had the benefit of a stiff breeze in the opening period and they had opened up a 13-17 lead by half time. However, it was second row Andy Barron who opened the scoring after eight minutes when he burst over for a well taken try which David Scott converted to make it 7-0. Andy had been plagued with injuries over the last two seasons and had only come back to playing shortly after the Christmas break but his presence was telling for this match. Nevertheless, Larne came right back into it at the end of the first quarter with a good converted try of their own to level the score. David Scott then kicked a penalty for Lisburn but within minutes Larne ran the ball hard at the home line and some wayward covering allowed them in for another try which gave them a 10-14 lead. Scott again narrowed the gap following a scrum penalty but just on the half time whistle, influential prop Mark Gilkinson found himself in the bin for an infringement and Larne again kicked the penalty to extend the lead to 13-17.

 

Coach Mark Healy sorted out the team during the interval and with the wind now behind them Lisburn started the second half with renewed commitment. After ten minutes of further jousting, the ball was moved wide and with flanker Evans in the line to make a clean break, his inside pass found Andy Barron at his elbow and the big second row ran through the defence to score. Scott converted to bring Lisburn into a 20-17 lead and within minutes had extended that to 23-17 with a further successful penalty.

 

The final quarter was all Lisburn and a further break by Barron put scrumhalf Chris Knox in for a try. While the conversion failed the home pack were now dominating possession and a great surge over the Larne line saw second row Mark Uprichard come up smiling with the ball. Mark was another player coming back from injury. Scott kicked a great conversion from near the touchline to open up a 35-17 lead. Just on the blow it was that man Andy Barron again who, having got possession in open play, surged through the tiring Larne defence to make it 40-17 to Lisburn and to notch up his hat trick of tries. It was a great way to end the season for the Twos and to set up the evening for Ireland’s later display in Paris. The third XV lost narrowly to Randalstown 2s on Saturday but next weekend they have the opportunity to make amends when they take on Banbridge 4s at home.