Donegal Town Rugby Club U- 13s continued their great unbeaten run this season with another away victory over Rainey.
The boys got off to a flying start after second row forward Liam Doherty broke clear to run half the pitch and score under the posts; the try was converted by the ever reliable Victor Mitchell and helped settle the boys into a good rhythm. Jack Scott, playing his first match at scrum half set up some fast play for centres of Brian Fagan and Joshua Boyd to break the Rainey line.
As a result out half Jamie Crawford, with great support from Sean Campbell and Charlie Behan, was able to score a great try under the posts. And once more it was converted by Victor Mitchell. Rainey pinned Donegal in their own half for the next 20 minutes of play, but brave defending by Curtis Roper and Denis Mc menamin and great ball carrying by James Smith got the Donegal boys back into Rainey’s half.
Their hard work paid off and Jamie Crawford went on to score the 3rd and final try of a pulsating game and once more the resulting conversion was slotted between the posts by Victor Mitchell. With 2 minutes to go Donegal switched off and Rainey went over for a well worked try scored by the number 13 G McCall and converted and converted by full back Paul Southwell to end the half at 21-7.
The second half was a dog fight all the way with Donegal under severe pressure especially for the first 10 minutes, but despite everything Rainey couldn’t get past the Donegal defence.
The last 20 minutes Donegal showed great determination as they camped in Rainey’s half. At this stage Ultan O’Grady, Gerard Mc Intyre and Michael Callaghan
entered the fray to relieve the pressure on an exhausted pack with Daniel Gallagher making an appearance on the wing for Conor Mc Crossan who came off after a great game. With no scores in the second half for either side, the Donegal lads came out on top with Seamus Óg Byrne rock solid at full back and a mention to Ciaran Mc Grory who got his
first match on the wing off to a great start. Well done to the panel of 20 who travelled to Rainey.