Youngsters’ spirited comeback falls short
HEATON Moor Junior Colts narrowly failed to get their season off to a winning start with a late flurry that included two Steve Ireland tries against Liverpool Collegiate.
The home side found themselves 19-0 down at half-time.
On the resumption, Heaton Moor – already missing several regulars – lost the influential Shane Ennis and Asa Bottomley to injury but that seemed to galvanise the team.
Sustained pressure midway through the half resulted in a penalty try for Moor being awarded but they were caught with a sucker-punch when a turnover resulted in the decisive Collegiate try to leave the home side trailing 26-7
But the spirit shown in the last 15 minutes almost brought the home side the win. First, Joe Kilbride converted his own try before Ireland, impressive as a replacement flanker, scored two tries to bring the score line to 26-24.
Unfortunately, time ran out and Collegiate deservedly held on to win. The long trip to Millom in Cumbria is next for Heaton Moor.