Banbridge backs run riot

AS a contest this game was decided in the first half. Against the breeze the Bann backs ran riot through the Cavan defence.

Josh Cromie opened the scoring with a dart from the back of a ruck. Then Jason Jardine went on a mazy run from his own half and outstripped the defence for the five pointer. Josh Cromie was next again showing great strength and determination ripping the ball off the Cavan lock and running in to score.

Captain Alex Megaw was next with a worked move with Cameron Cromie running a great line to get his name on the scoresheet. The half finished with Cameron Cromie bulldozing his way through three defenders to leave the half time score at 29-0.

The second half saw Cavan enjoy some good possession and there was no score for about 15 minutes. The visitors eventually got their break when their winger caught the Bann defence asleep and scored in the corner.

No 8 Ross Haughey was next to score for Bann when, from a short lineout, he powered his way over the line for his first home score. From the restart came the try of the match. Jake Chambers caught the ball and fended of one tackler and dummied past another before off-loading in the tackle to Adam Cromwell. He made another 15 metres before passing to Alex Megaw who outstripped the defence to get his second of the morning.

The game finished with the forwards keeping it tight through a series of rucks which saw Sam Mount crash over for the final score.

This was another fine performance from the boys who clearly don’t want their season to finish just yet. Monaghan provide the opposition for Saturday’s home semi-final Jake Chambers was the pick of the pack and Alex Megaw best of the backs, but it was Josh Cromie whose grit and tenacity saw him lift the man-of-the-match award.