Narrow defeat for Firsts in opener

Coleraine captain Steven Dickey shows how it's done. INCR39 RUGBY MJ
Coleraine captain Steven Dickey shows how it's done. INCR39 RUGBY MJ

It was a disappointing start to the new season league campaign for Coleraine as they lost out narrowly to Carrickfergus on Saturday.

There were high hopes for the match after Coleraine defeated Carrickfergus in the season opening competition at Randalstown last month, but with both sides fielding considerably different teams for the league game, the home side did not make the most of their chances and lost out narrowly, 6-9.

Players and management were disappointed with the result but acknowledged that Carrick had made more of their opportunities on the day.

A lack of consistency and accuracy, as well as a certain amount of indiscipline on the part of the home side resulted in a number of very promising chances going amiss.

Attention now turns to training and ironing out some issues ahead of the Junior Cup game against Ballymena 2s this week.

In the end the score remained Coleraine 6 – 9 Carrickfergus and the home side had to settle for a losing bonus point.

This weekend Coleraine entertain Ballymena Seconds in the first round of this season’s Junior Cup, kick-off 2.30pm.

The Seconds are at home to Larne Seconds and the Thirds are away to Donaghadee Seconds.

As always, the players would welcome along friends and club members to give them support.

In other fixtures the scores were Carrick Seconds 18- 32 Coleraine Seconds and Coleraine Thirds 6-3 Carrick Thirds.

Coleraine First XV: A Hogg, M Hunter, S Jefferson, W Chestnutt, C Breadon, J Dillon, D Ramage, S Dickey, P Roxborough, B Carstens, A Parke, M Poskitt, N Irwin, A Barr, B Cochrane,. Subs: B Baillie, D McCorkell