BALLYCLARE RFC chalked up their second successive Qualifying League Section 2 victory with a convincing win in Limavady.
Twelve points up at the break, Robert Boyd’s lads finished 37-18 winners at the John Hunter Memorial grounds.
During the opening half hour the home side were rarely out of their own territory, and it was winger Gareth Byers who opened the scoring with a fine solo try.
Robert Smith failed to convert this one from a wide angle, but he fared better soon afterwards when he slotted over a penalty, and then added the extras after Willie Logan had touched down.
The hosts got their first points from a penalty, and later added an unconverted try, but these were cancelled out by full back Smith, who crossed for a score that he also goaled, to leave Ballyclare 20-8 ahead at the break.
Despite having to play most of the second session with only fourteen players owing to their fly-half being injured, Limavady managed two unconverted tries.
However Ballyclare regained control with scores by Byers and David Clarke, both being goaled by Smith, who also added his second penalty.
Colin Morrow had an excellent game at scrum-half, where he linked up effectively with Niall Lawther, who had his first competitive outing following an injury picked up in a pre-season friendly.
Lawther’s younger brother, David, also impressed at prop.
Ballyclare: R Smith, G Byers, D Clarke, N Loughlin, J Greer; N Lawther, C Morrow; A Boyd, A Wylie, D Lawther, R Boyd (C), G McKinstry, G Weatherup, J McKinstry, W Logan.
A youthful 2nd XV got the better of a more experienced Carrick side at The Cloughan where the home side triumphed 22-13.
Two Kendall penalties had Carrick on top in the early stages, but Mo Finlay , Matt Dailly, Johnny Reid and Michael Kirk all threatened the visiting line, before scrum-half Adam Wardrop sprinted clear from halfway for a fine solo try that he also goaled.
When Wardrop added a penalty awarded for an offside infringement Ballyclare turned round 10-6 up at the break.
During the third quarter Ballyclare continued to have the upper-hand, and they were rewarded when hooker Ian Holmes crossed for a score that Wardrop goaled.
Carrick replied with a solo score, but when they had a player yellow carded they conceded a third try, when hard working lock, Dailly, completed the scoring.
Best for Ballyclare were David Crawford, Ian Holmes and Matt Dailly.
A try by prop David Tweed converted by John Wasson was all that Ballyclare IV could muster against Randalstown II at The Cloughan, where the visitors won 8-7 in a Junior League fixture.
Skipper Mark Fox, Clarke McCartney, David Brownlee, Luke Ireland and John Wasson all impressed for the home side.
This weekend’s fixtures: 1st XV v Enniskillen, home; 2nd XV v Grosvenor II, away; 3rd XV v Limavady II, away.