2nd XV lose 10-38 at Ballymoney 2nd XV

Instonians 2nd XV travelled to Ballymoney unfortunately two players short in the overall squad.

It was a blustery, cold and wet day and Inst were to play into a Gale in the first half. Conditions dictated an error-strewn first 10 minutes, however Inst started putting phases together and playing as a team. For the next 25 minutes they were fantastic as they relentlessly attacked Ballymoney and were rewarded with two excellent tries. Converting these was nearly impossible into the wind and so the score was 0-10 to Inst with a few minutes remaining. Unfortunately a loss of concentration led to a Ballymoney try on the stroke of half time as they plundered 7 points. 7-10 at half time but with the strong wind to be at our backs in the second half.

Unfortunately the less said about the second half the better. Ballymoney seemed to have another gear and they sprung into action, scoring several quick tries. At the other end, Inst unfortunately spurned a few chances with the line out struggling due to the wind. Chasing the game, some of the Inst play became loose and turnovers led to more Ballymoney scores. The loss of excellent playmaker Mark Keane on 50 minutes was another blow given we only had one substitute. Due to some knocks, Inst finished the match with 13 men still fighting to score the elusive second half try which was not to be. Final score 38-10

Ultimately the inability to rotate players on the pitch, not having more than one sub led to fatigue and meant the Inst defence lost its edge. A huge effort into the wind in the first half also took a lot out of the team. Every man on the pitch gave his all and unfortunately it just wasn’t our day. Well done to Ballymoney who deserved their win with some excellent rugby on an horrific day.