Bann U19s score six tries in easy win

VIRGINIA U19 0

BANN U19 43

An early penalty from Aaron Kennedy settled the nerves of the visitors after the long trip to Co Cavan and set them up for a comfortable win.

A lineout on the Virginia 22 was turned into a maul from which flanker Richard Graham eventually emerged to touch down the opening try. Graham repeated the trick from a lineout 10 metres out and Number Eight Adam Kelly registered the third touchdown from a similar set-piece just five metres from the line.

With Kennedy converting two from three attempts, Bann went into the second half with a comfortable 0-22 lead.

Their fourth try was described by coach Marc Eadie as a contender for try of the season. Virtually every player handled the ball in a move that swept from side to side and back again, with Kelly providing the finishing touch and Kennedy adding the conversion.

Ten minutes from the end, winger Keir Patterson set off on a run that saw him evade five would-be tacklers en-route to the try line, with Kennedy again adding the extras. Five minutes later a pre-planned move in the threequarters allowed centre Gareth Liggett to barge his way through for the team’s sixth try, with Kennedy’s fifth conversion taking his personal tally to 13 points.

Eadie was understandably delighted:

“We didn’t give away a single penalty or turnover at ruck-time,” he said.

“The whole team’s defence was immense throughout.”