STRABANE 1ST XV……………………24
STRABANE took to the road this week on the long trip away to Cavan in what was sure to be a tough test for the first squad. So it proved as Strabane had to battle hard for every point with a number of defensive stands on their own try line proving key to a massive five points on the road. Tries from Peter Browne, James Perry and a brace from Colin Campbell ensured the win for the visitors.
Cavan managed to gain some good field position and with some quick pick and go’s they managed to drive over for a score, 10-0 to Cavan.
Strabane settled after this and again managed to move themselves into the Cavan 22. An offload from Shane McLaughlin to flanker Peter Browne gave Browne the space to burst through several Cavan tacklers and cross for Strabane’s first score.
A Cavan penalty and the resulting Strabane lineout gave James Perry room in the corner to score just before the half. 10-12 to Strabane with all to play for in the second half.
A poor restart gave Cavan the ball deep in Strabane territory and they managed to cross for the first score of the second half. The visitors regrouped and some powerful running from Steven Torrens and debutant Gareth Preston pushed Cavan back into their own 22. Good hands and a turn of pace allowed Colin Campbell to score under the posts.
Again, after the restart Cavan pushed hard for the score. Their pack battered the Strabane try line but some superb defensive work and a try saving tackle from Nathan Cummings on the wing eventually lead to a Strabane penalty.
Fitness became the major factor in the last ten minutes of the game with Cavan beginning to tire. This allowed James Perry to make a break up the wing and a fine pass to Colin Campbell beat the Cavan fullback for pace and scored Strabane’s fourth try.
FULL REPORT IN YESTERDAY’S STRABANE CHRONICLE