STRABANE warmed up for today’s trip to Civil Service by producing a rampant opening 20 minutes spell, which put Cavan to the sword in difficult conditions at Bradley Way on Saturday afternoon of last week.
Lee McLaughlin opened the scoring after a good series of phases and continuity before Sebastian Thogersen scored after Strabane capitalised on a loss of Cavan possession and the third try arrived when Keith Gamble got the touchdown after a powerful maul from 15 metres out. Matthew Wilson knocked over all three conversions and it looked as though 50 points-plus could be on the menu for the home side.
Unfortunately for Adrian Sweeney and his charges, that was as good as it was to get for them as the over-zealous referee and some ill-discipline combined to ensure they would score no more!
“We were 21-0 up after 20 minutes and I was thinking this was going to be a 50 pointer at that stage, but it was very frustrating! It’s part of the learning process but it’s a good win because we lost that game at home last year, so it’s another game that we have picked up more points than we did last year,” explained Sweeney.
“Wins are wins, you’d like the bonus point but I can live with it!
“Our defence was magnificent though, facing up to penalty, after penalty, after penalty and we kept them out until two minutes from the end.”
STRABANE RFC STARTING XV
Shane McLaughlin, Lee McLaughlin, Keith Gamble, Simon McSparron (cpt), Gordon Baird, Richard Olphert, Matthew McCay, Sebastian Thogersen, Peter Smith, David Rankin, Ashley McIlwaine, Anders Mindstrup, Matthew Wilson, Graeme McCarter, Mark Doherty.