Firsts lose to CIYMS

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Firsts lose to CIYMS thumbnailColeraine RFC's captain Bokkie Carstens' charge for the try line gets blocked in the Division One match against CIYMS played at Sandel Lodge. WK1KC28SP

COLERAINE lost out to Belfast side CIYMS in the league at the weekend and had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point.
The Cookstown sponsored Bannsiders controlled the game throughout the first half but the visitors struck back in the second half to clinch the win.
The final score, Coleraine 11-15 CIYMS, means that Coleraine secured a losing bonus point, a point that could be very important as the league reaches its climax later in the season.
Speaking after the game, Coleraine Head Coach Richard Boyd said: "I am really disappointed with the result today but cannot fault the efforts of the squad.
“We were excellent for 60 minutes but we must be more clinical when we build opportunities and kick our points at goal. I thought we were on the wrong end of a few refereeing decisions today which didn't help our cause but we had enough ball and chances to win.
“We are blooding lots of local young players this year due to the long injury list and we will learn a lot from this game and must focus on the positives.
“I thought we controlled the first half and showed great character to dominate territory against the wind and our young pack really set the platform for a well deserved lead.
“Josh Christie, Michael Ferguson, David Greatorex and Stephen Dickey got the team on to the front foot with strong carries but we failed to convert this pressure into points which would prove crucial in the end.
“We lost the game in the third quarter when we started to force things, give away silly penalties and we failed to use the advantage of the wind.
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