LAST Thursday as well as competing for the annual Poynton Trophy, Balbriggan CC also played Gormanston College in the first round of the Senior Development Cup.
Despite the deplorable weather both teams did their best to play open free flowing rugby and in their first foray into the Balbriggan twenty-two Gormanston were awarded a penalty which Craig Doolin duly dispatched. Despite their total dominance, Balbriggan squandered several try scoring chances with a combination of poor passing and decision making and just before half time Gormanston made their second foray into the Balbriggan twenty-two and again they were awarded a penalty.
From five metres Mark O'Meara crashed over to leave Gormanston eight points to the good at the halftime interval. The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Balbriggan dominating possession and territory through some excellent set piece work from the forwards. Leadership was sadly lacking and rather than taking points from several kickable penalties Balbriggan ran everything, all to no avail. As the clock was running down, Gormanston made one of only two second half visits to the Balbriggan twenty-two and sealed victory with a fine unconverted try by Ciaran McGinley to leave the final score 013 to Gormanston.