RUGBY: Carrick ease to victory over Malone II

Carrick attack the Malone line. INCT 37-231-AM
Carrick attack the Malone line. INCT 37-231-AM

Carrick 1st XV continued their winning and high-scoring start to the season with Saturday’s 44-19 home victory over Malone II in the Conference League.

It was the visitors who struck first when, after seven minutes, Carrick simply ran out of defenders following a series of Malone picks and drives leading to one of their second rows racing over close to the posts for a converted try.

Carrick levelled matters with an excellent team try finished off by Aaron McKinney with Luke Whitall adding the extras.

Andy Kinkaid’s try put the home side in front before Whitall followed another successful conversion with a penalty.

On the stroke of half-time, Ross Marsden pounced on an over-throw at the line-out to get Carrick’s third try which Whitall kicked for a 24-7 interval lead.

Carrick’s kicker landed his second penalty early in the second half before converting after Conor Cambridge rounded off the best try of the match.

Sam Wallace scored Carrick’s fifth try two minutes later and in the last 10 minutes Malone scored two tries in quick succession. Reece Hamilton had the final say when he out-paced the defence for an unconverted score.

Carrick’s Qualifying League campaign starts this weekend when travel to Belmont to face Grosvenor. After that, it’s a trip to nieghbours Larne for a tasty Junior Cup derby.