The sixth game of what has been a tough season so far, saw a rematch against Foyle at Home. The Medallion 15 took to the pitch determined to finally put the hard work of training into practise and earn themselves the long sought after victory that they needed.
The ERGS side chose to receive the ball from the kick off and attached the Foyle line with confidence. There seemed to be a degree of composure and determination about the boys which had been missing so far this season, and they were soon playing the game in the Foyle 22 with No.8 Goudys driving over the line for the first score of the game and converted by No.12 Owen, 7-0. Foyle were clearly not going to ‘roll over’ that easily and to their credit came back strong from the re-start, but some excellent kicking and decision making in the red zone by Ingram, Bloomfield and Smith kept the pressure off when it mattered and allowed the ERGS team to keep the play out of the danger zone.
The second half saw the ERGS boys work hard to retain their lead and on a number of occasions nearly extend it, as the ball spread wide offering Owen, Weir and Johnston and Pattison the chance to cross the line. Credit has to be given to the Foyle 15 who’s tackling was exemplary and prevented at least 2 further ERGS tries. The ERGS pack played extremely well throughout; most significantly the quality of the rucking and support play was much improved on previous weeks and the stability this provided for McConkey to start distributing the ball wide allowed the back line to look threatening. In the dying minutes of the game, as 30 exhausted players threw themsleve at each other, a penalty within reach of the posts gave the ERGS side the opportunity to seal the victory. D Love, a last minute substitute from the U14s, stepped up to the tee and slotted the ball through the posts to give the ERGS side the much needed cushion for the final minutes of the game. Final score 10-0
An fantastic, well deserved and much needed victory and we are now looking forward to hosting Wallance next week.