RUGBY REVIEW: Cambridge scores two tries as Carrick’s winning run continues

Paul Johnston moves ball for Donaghadee against Carrick in Kukri Qualifying League 2
Paul Johnston moves ball for Donaghadee against Carrick in Kukri Qualifying League 2
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Carrick 1st XV’s unbeaten run continued with Saturday’s bonus-point 29-6 victory away to Donaghadee in Qualifying 2.

Carrick took the lead after seven minutes with a Luke Whitall penalty but the home side hit back with two penalties of their own to edge ahead.

But from this point on the visitors began to take control firstly with a penalty try which Whitall converted before extending their lead in the second half thanks to a Ryan McGonigle score. Whitall again added the conversion points to give Carrick a 17-6 advantage.

They added to their score in the 35th minute of the half. Awarded a penalty close to the Donaghadee line, they opted for a scrum which resulted in scrum-half Conor Cambridge diving in to score a try which Whitall converted.

In injury-time Cambridge capped a fine all-round performance when he pounced for his second try, which went unconverted, after Donaghadee lost control of the ball.

Carrickfergus 1st XV : M. Black; P. Simpson, R. Bailey, A. McKinney, B. Alexander; L. Whittal, C. Cambridge; D. McKeen, N. Hanna, J. McIlwaine (R. Williams), C. Rodgers, A. Kinkaid, N. Marsden (A. McKeen), R. Marsden (Capt), R. McGonigle.