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Porter hat-trick secures seventh win for Seconds.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

A JOHN Porter hat-trick helped Banbridge Seconds to their seventh win of the season in the Kukri Conference Division Two.

Bann Seconds...29
Ballymoney...19

Having lost to the same opponent six weeks previously at the quarter final stage of the Junior Cup, Bann needed no extra motivation and opened the scoring at Rifle Park after 10 minutes.

Simon Lloyd and Ross Cartmill sliced through the 'Money threequarters to put Jamie Ewing away down the left.

The young winger still had work to do but wriggled past two defenders to score at the corner.

The visitors responded with a converted try of their own to lead briefly after some sloppy Bann defence.

But a Macauley Little penalty nudged Bann ahead again before Porter struck for his first of the day.

Bann won a penalty on the opposition 22.

Robin Thompson took a quick tap and fed Little who timed his pass well to send Porter through.

Little converted.

On the stroke of half time Ballymoney scored a second try to keep themselves within touching distance.

Bann failed to secure a loose ball in midfield and the 'Money right winger took full advantage to cut the home side's lead to 15-12.

After the break Ballymoney dominated for a 20-minute spell and were rewarded with another soft try.

A Bann clearance kick was charged down and when the 'Money player re-gathered the ball he appeared to knock on.

The home defence stopped in anticipation of a whistle that never came and Bann found themselves behind again.

But up stepped Porter with two scores from the Bryan Habana playbook.

First the Bann pack surged over halfway with a rolling maul from a lineout and when scrum half Jason Gribbon broke, Porter was on his shoulder to score under the posts.

Then with the last play of the game the Bann pack drove deep into 'Money territory and Porter came in off his blind side wing again to take Thompson's inside pass and scamper through untouched.

Little converted both to give the locals a deserved 29-19 win and exact a small measure of revenge for the Junior Cup reverse.

In the pack Jessy Lee and Dale Carson were the stand out performers, doing the dirty work to provide the platform for man-of-the-match Porter to get the plaudits.

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