Solid performance and bonus point for Bannsiders
COLERAINE got back into their winning ways on Saturday with a convincing victory over Dromore.
Following on from last weeks defeat at the hands of local rivals Ballymoney, it was essential to produce a winning performance in order to keep any life in the league campaign. Dromore are struggling at the bottom of the league but Coleraine were happy to claim a 29-7 victory and another valuable bonus point for their days work.
The match itself started with both sides attacking but with only nine minutes gone Coleraine were awarded a kickable penalty on the Dromore 22. The ball drifted wide as the David Andrews kick lost out to the windy conditions.
As Coleraine pressed home their attack Dromore again infringed with 13 minutes gone. This time Andrews scored from 15 metres.
From the restart Coleraine penetrated the Dromore half and got good ball from a line-out 15 metres from the line. Good work by the forwards saw Gareth Cochrane and Paul Brown combine to feed Neil Montgomery for the final crash over the line. The conversion again caught in the wind and went just wide.
On 25 minutes Coleraine were just inside the visitors half when Andrews slipped the ball to Nigel Hall. Travelling at speed he sliced through the defence, selling a great dummy, and scoring under the posts. Andrews was on target with the conversion.
In the last minute of the first half Andrews kicked the ball upfield and Aaron Rankin set off in pursuit. He gathered the ball then passed to Hall who again outpaced the defence to score beside the post. Andrews converted to leave the score 22-0 to Coleraine at the break.
After the break Colin McNay went into the pack as Tommy Van Wyk replaced the injured Dennis Taylor. In the second half Dromore produced some attacking moves but play was again dominated by Coleraine until the 20th minute.
Montgomery was yellow carded for breaking his bind in the scrum, leaving Coleraine down to 14 men. Dromore seized the opportunity to attack and despite sterling work from the defence, the visitors eventually scored a well worked try as the ball passed out along the backs and they scored under the posts.
The Dromore pressure continued but when Montgomery came back on the tide went back to Coleraine. After continuous pressure Coleraine scored the final try of the match and secured that vital bonus point.
With five minutes to go, coming from structured forward play, the ball worked across the backs and Rankin was on hand to sprint away and score under the posts. Andrews provided the finishing touches and the final score line was Coleraine 29 Dromore 7.
Coaching Director Norman Blair said after the match that he was very happy with the overall performance and the bonus point, which had been the target for the game, was a very welcome boost. “There is still a lot to play for in the league,” he said.
The Firsts have no game this Saturday. Their next match is in the league at home against Omagh on December 1.
Elsewhere in the club the Seconds recorded a welcome victory, 19-3 away to Dromore 2s, the Thirds lost out 20-3 away to Ballymena 4s and the Fourths lost out 46-0 to Grosvenor. The Fifths had no game when Larne failed to provide a team.
Coleraine First IV: A Gaston, P Brown, S Bartlett, J Gault, A Hogg, N Montgomery, G Cochrane, D Taylor, R Ferguson, D Andrews, C McNay, N Hall, A Lynas, B Cochrane, A Rankin, Sub: T Van Wyk.