Nutty Krust Match Report- Portadown U18’s v Enniskillen U18’s

The first of this season’s Nutty Krust group stage games got underway in the Nutty Krust U18Tournament under the floodlights at a cold but dry Chambers Park when the Portadown U18 team played the Enniskillen U18 team on Monday evening. The Portadown team recorded a well contested 29-19 victory with the scoreboard having read 17-7 in their favour at the break. A sizeable crowd had gathered to watch an entertaining game which featured quite a few talented players on both teams.

The Portadown team started the game in a positive mood and dominated both territory and possession scored for long periods of the first half. They scored three first half tries through Jamie Hayes, Jack Coulter and Ciaran Peterson. With the aid of the cross-bar Toby Gribben was successful with one of his conversion kicks.

The Enniskillen team, on a rare first half incursion into the Portadown “Red Zone”, made good use of lineout ball just before the break. Their impressive tight head prop, James Elliott, had to work hard before eventually touching down for a well deserved try which was converted by Odhran Clenaghan, to leave the half time score reading 17-7 in favour of the Portadown team.

The Portadown team started the second half strongly. A subtle off-load from Jamie Hayes put Ciaran Peterson in for an unconverted try to increase their lead to 24-7.

The Enniskillen team responded positively and reduced the deficit to 24-14 when Daniel Kathru combined with Cahir McCahill and James Ross before touching down for a try which Oisin McPhillips converted.

Portadown then came back and scored an unconverted bonus point try through Ryan Moore to increase their lead to 29-14.

Once again, the Enniskillen team displayed great commitment and scored the seventh try of the game when Alfie Cooper and Ryan Beattie combined to send Oisin McPhillips in for an unconverted try. This left the final scoreboard reading Portadown U18 team 29 Enniskillen U18 team 19.

As usual with the Nutty Krust Tournament the players all received a post-match meal which was sponsored by Jim Hewitt Meats, prepared by the staff in “Flat Dogs” Restaurant, and organised by Ryan, the Flat Dogs proprietor. Ryan was assisted by Johnny and Matthew Wickham. All the players, as well as their coaches, received a Nutty Krust loaf on departure.

Ciaran O’Kane, President of Portadown Rugby Club, presented the Nutty Krust “Man of the Match Award” at the post match ceremony. The Man of the Match Award went to Ciaran Peterson, the Portadown RFC U18 No 13.

The second of this season’s Nutty Krust group stage games was between  City of Armagh RFC U18 team plays the Dungannon FC U18 team, where Dungannon won the clash 0-33 in what was a strong performance from them.

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