Sat 22
KELLS A
28
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28
League
FLIMBY
Tries
L Baker, K Grima (2)
Conversions
D Pape, Unknown
STALEMATE ON THE PIT FIELD

STALEMATE ON THE PIT FIELD

By Lorraine Degraff
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In a see saw battle on the pit field, either team could have walked away with the points, when a young and very fast Kells A team Hosted Flimby in this CARL Division 1 game.


Kells started the livelier of the two teams and with 17 minutes on the clock found themselves 12 points to the good through a nice brace 3 minutes apart from Loose forward Jake Parker, both of which he converted himself.

With Kells ruling the roost for the first 20 minutes, the second 20 went Flimby’s way with converted tries through prop Luke Baker, and scrum half Dean Scholey, followed by a lovely try on 39 minutes through centre Carl Grima who raced from the half way line shrugging off defenders to score and give Flimby a 12-16 half time lead.

Kells started the second half pretty much as the first and within five minutes of the re-start took a 22-16 lead through two tries in quick succession by Lloyd O’niel and Nathan Mann, the second being converted by Grant Gainford.

On 51 minutes Carl Grima produced another fine run to score his second of the afternoon right under the posts, unfortunately, he had to leave the field immediately after scoring due to aggravating a previous knee injury, having previously lost Luke Eve early in the first half due to a broken nose, Flimby’s substitutes were quickly running out.

With the scores at 22 apiece, silly mistakes were creeping into the game, however Flimby’s Terry McDowell was on the end of a fantastic basketball pass and touched down right beside the posts to give Dean Scholey an easy conversion and Flimby a 22-28 lead, which was short lived as just 5 minutes later Kells’s Kieran Halcrow sprinted right up the middle of the field unopposed to score under the sticks, his try was converted by Stephen McCourt it was back level pegging at 28 apiece.

The last 20 minutes of the game saw end to rugby with chances going begging for both sides, however the drama was still not over as Flimby lost prop Kieran Burridge who had to be taken to hospital with a fractured eye socket after being caught with an elbow, and with just under 10 minutes left veteran Kells forward Lee Rutherford was lucky not to receive a red and only be despatched to the sin bin for a trip on Flimby’s young hooker Ethan Williams.

With less than a minute remaining, Dean Scholey attempted a drop for the visitors however it was off the mark, and when the ref blew for full time the score remained at a 28 apiece draw.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 22, Apr 2017

Kickoff

14:30