C ity of Armagh Seconds had an easy home victory over their counter parts from Instonians last Saturday. With man of the match Stuart Lester playing in the centre and receiving an abundance of ball won by the forwards, he scored a remarkable 5 tries before being replaced in the second half.
The game kicked off in fine weather with the Armagh scrum asserting themselves in a couple of early scrums by shunting Instonians of the ball. Upon working their way into the Inst half Kyle Faloon popped a short pass to Lester for him to burst through and touch down from 35 metres out. With the conversion by Faloon the score after 3 minutes was 7-0.
Shortly after, Doyle who was looking sharp at scrumhalf broke through the Inst defence to touch down at the posts for another converted try, 14-0. Steven Morton followed the theme by breaking clear and making the line at the corner flag, 19-0. Zak Kneebone making a welcome return from injury scorched in from 30 metres to touch down at the posts for another converted try, 26-0 on 23 minutes.
Five minutes later Lester got his second for Kyle to convert again, 33-0. Just before half time an overlap was created on the half way line for Paul Campbell to race in for the score despite the attentions of the Inst defence, 38-0. On the restart with all 3 subs on, Armagh didn’t let up with some great driving and offloading by the forwards and the backline running everything at the Inst defence.
The next 3 tries had Lester’s name on them, the first after another sniping run from Doyle, and the next after a good forward drive from Eoghan O’Hagan. With all 3 converted by Faloon, it was left to him to score the final try when he picked up a stray pass to score at the posts and again convert. With the referee blowing up early, the final score was Armagh 2nd xv 66 Instonians 2nd xv 0.
Photo Credits: Ken Redpath