Limavady prove too strong for Ophir

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Limavady Firsts swept Ophir aside on Saturday with a thumping 47-0 win, demonstrating why they are one of the top teams in Qualifying 3.

For the first 20 minutes the Ophir defence performed well against the strength and skill of the visitors’ attack, but, even in the awful weather conditions, a breakthrough always looked to be inevitable.

Ophir’s scrum had more than matched the opposition but then the Limavady pack gained some momentum from a driving maul and the pass to the inside centre put him in under the posts for a try which was easily converted.

Within five minutes they had doubled their advantage and the Mallusk men trailed 14-0.

Limavady and they ran in two more tries before Ophir rallied, pressing the visitors’ line but failing to break through the tough defence.

It was more of the same in the second half as Limavady stepped it up a gear, adding a further 19 points.

Meanwhile, Ophir Seconds stood up well against a strong Banbridge Fourths but narrowly lost out, 10-7.