Belfast Harlequins put to the sword as Banbridge’s good form continues

Dale Carson and Mike Bentley struggle to hold onto possession. INBL1602-242PB
Dale Carson and Mike Bentley struggle to hold onto possession. INBL1602-242PB

Banbridge travelled last Thursday evening to take on Belfast Harlequins in an Ulster Championship League game and came away with their third win in as many outings in the competition.

There has been a sharp contrast in the fortunes of the two sides in the All-Ireland League, with the city side facing relegation from Division 1B and Bann favourites to take their place given their current position at the top of 2A.

Outhalf Shandon Scott scored Bann's opening try of the match. INBL1602-243PB

Outhalf Shandon Scott scored Bann's opening try of the match. INBL1602-243PB

That was reflected in the displays of the sides in this UCL game, with Bann looking comfortable on the ball throughout and ‘Quins putting on a patchy display with their threequarters lacking fluency in attack.

Adam Doherty’s penalty midway through the first half opened the scoring before ‘Quins’ centre Jack Newman produced a fine individual break that took him in for a try which Adam White converted for a 7-3 lead.

But when the home side knocked on at the re-start Bann attacked from the set piece to take play close to the home line where they won a penalty.

That was tapped and recycled and when the ball was moved wide Shandon Scott went through a gap for Bann’s opening try, with Doherty on target off the tee to give his side a 7-10 interval lead.

Peter Cromie gets tackled during a recent match. INBL1602-245PB

Peter Cromie gets tackled during a recent match. INBL1602-245PB

Out-half Scott made great use of the wind in the second half, time and again pinning ‘Quins back in their “22” with a series of astute kicks.

Centre Andrew Morrison’s lovely outside break saw him pick up Bann’s second try before he retired from the action with an ankle injury. Doherty again added the extras.

Lee Steenson’s work at the base of a ‘Quins scrum saw the ball break loose outside the home”22”.

The Bann pivot hacked through and won the race to retrieve possession before feeding Peter Cromie with the scoring pass.