Young­sters’ spir­ited come­back falls short

Stockport Express - - Motors - HM JU­NIOR COLTS ....... 24 LIVER­POOL COLL JC.. 26

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.

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