Instonians 1st XV have tough bonus point win 29-19 at home to Carrick 1st XV

Instonians had a tough encounter earlier in the season when they travelled to Carrick. Carrick’s recent performances were a clear warning that this was going to be another hard match and so it proved to be.

Under lights in a fresh January evening the teams entertained a big crowd, Instonians winning 5 trys to Carrick’s 3 trys.

It took the second half before the Instonians scrum started to get the upper hand.

Both lineout’s & mauls were matched.

In the backs Instonians showed some improvements and both defences were tested by each other for the full 80 minutes.

Once Instonians got ahead they looked favourites to win the game, but Carrick showed Great Spirit and kept coming back with well worked trys to stay in touch.

The match could have gone either way right to the end.


The match started at a frantic pace, both sides keeping the ball in hand and testing each others defence.

Instonians first attack finished when Mark Keane was pushed into touch as he approached the corner flag.

When Instonians were penalised at the ruck, Carrick kicked to the Instonians 22. Their lineout was won and they attacked midfield, the ball was recycled quickly and their full back hit a good line to go over out wide. Conversion missed.

Instonians 0        Carrick 5

From the restart it was all Instonians as they started to get their phases together. When Carrick were penalised at the scrum play was kicked to the Carrick 22. When Instonians infringed at their lineout it was Carrick’s scrum on their 5 yard line. Instonians pressure caused panic in the Carrick ranks and allowed openside Mark Mairs to drop on a ball across their line. Try converted by scrumhalf Matthew Keane

Instonians 7        Carrick 5

From the restart Carrick tested the Instonians defence again but it hung on. From a Carrick high ball Instonians launched an excellent counter attack. All was going well until a poor pass went to ground, it was picked up by the Carrick winger who ran from his own half to score at the Instonians posts. Try converted.

Instonians 7        Carrick 12

Plenty of entertainment on show for large crowd!!

This time it was Instonians turn to steal the restart when openside Mark Mairs leapt to regain the ball. Great hands from Instonians backs took play close to the Carrick line. Now it was the turn of the pack to take it through the phases, eventually great feet and strength from blindside Bevan Prinsloo allowed him to dive over the line at the posts. Try converted.

Instonians 14     Carrick 12

Instonians now started to get more of the ball. Mark Keane made a great centre break and a certain try was missed when the pass went to ground.

Carrick under pressure and conceding penalties, eventually leading to a player being yellow carded.

Instonians took a scrum under the Carrick posts and then moved the ball backwards and forwards across the Carrick line, eventually winger Michael Melville crashed over. Conversion missed.

Instonians 19     Carrick 12

From the restart Instonians were back on the attack, play was eventually held up under the Carrick posts and when the ball was trapped the ref blew for halftime.

Nobody is leaving this game early.


Instonians 19     Carrick 12

From the kick off for the 2nd half Carrick had regained some energy and immediately attacked, when a high ball was poorly dealt with it took Instonians scramble defence to win back the ball. The backs moved the ball wide with centre Mark Keane taking play into the Carrick 22. The ball was recycled and spun wide for 2nd row Onisi Burekama to walk over for the try. Conversion missed.

Instonians 24     Carrick 12

Both sides attacked each other, putting their defences under pressure. Plays were interrupted by passes going to ground, poor throws in the lineout and kicks going out of play.

It was Instonians who were next to have phases not interrupted and great hands led to centre David Scott diving over at the left corner. Conversion missed.

Instonians 29     Carrick 12

Attacking rugby continued and Carrick gave as good as they got and were justly rewarded when after several phases their no 13 crossed the line. Try converted.

Instonians 29     Carrick 19

During Carrick’s next attack Instonians scrumhalf Matthew Keane was yellow carded for hands in the ruck, still over 10 minutes of the game to play. Its certainly not over.

Being down to 14 men seemed to galvanise the Instonians play and they were the next to nearly score, but the ball was knocked on over the line. Clever play and kicking kept play in the Carrick 22 for most of remaining part of the game.

Instonians were back to 15 players and soon after the final whistle blew.

Final Score

Instonians 29     Carrick 19


Thanks to Carrickfergus for the tough but fair way in which the match was played.

Also thanks to the referee for the way he controlled the match but allowed the game to flow.

A large vocal crowd added to the evening.


Finally thanks to the coaches and players for all their efforts at training and matches. Into the second half of the season and still in contention for the league. 

Keep it going.


Next match:

Saturday 15th January

Away to Ballyclare 1st XV in the league

2.30pm kick off

Changes your plans and get to Ballyclare to support your team!!