RUGBY: Ballyclare see off rivals Carrick

A Carrick forward gets into a spot of bother   INLT 50-406-RM
A Carrick forward gets into a spot of bother INLT 50-406-RM
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A CRAIG Wallace hat-trick was the highlight of Ballyclare Rugby Club’s comprehensive 29-3 derby win against Carrick on Saturday. The win keeps the Cloughan men top of Qualifying Two.

Meanwhile, Ballyclare’s 2nd XV boosted their Junior League Section 1 title charge with a 21-17 home win against Omagh II. A Paul Morrow touchdown and two Chris Gillen penalties gave Ballyclare a 13-3 lead at the interval.

The ‘Clare lads more than held their own at the set-pieces, but struggled in the loose exchanges. However, they still managed another try courtesy of Ian Holmes and a Gillen penalty, while Omagh ran in two scores.

The Thirds were whitewashed 23-0 by Portadown II, but the 4th XV fared better with a massive 72-12 win in a friendly against Ophir II.

The try-scorers were: Colin Agnew (four), Gareth Smith (three), John McDonald (two), Trevor Clarke, Darren Montgomery and Neil Fox with John Wasson contributing six conversions.

Full report and more pitcures from Ballyclare’s win over Carrick in this week’s Times. In shops on Wednesday.