A tough away trip to the ‘Gentleman of Moore’ for 2e2 Douglas
Friday, 17 February 2012 16:54
DOUGLAS face a tough away trip to the ‘Gentlemen of Moore’ in South Lancashire and Cheshire Division Two this weekend and will have their work cut out.
That is if the pitch remains playable as frozen pitches caused havoc with the league fixtures last time out. Games held in the Isle of Man were actually the only ones to go ahead with Douglas and close neighbours Vagabonds winning both those encounters over visiting English teams.
Moore have made things difficult for visiting Douglas sides over the years, big packs and the muddy sloping pitch not lending itself to the style of play favoured by the men from Port-e-Chee.
But this year has seen the young Douglas side rip up many a form book and just go out and play whatever the conditions and whomever are the opposition.
Some unavailability through work and the imminent arrival of baby Goodall could well mean that skipper Ryan Maddox will have to juggle some players around.
Somewhat handily, the Manx Cup semi-final win against Ramsey has allowed some of the younger players to be blooded in a full-blown encounter with another league side.
The 2E2-sponsored Douglas team will be riding high after a gritty win last weekend, while Moore will be rested having enjoyed a week off from league action.
This game has all the makings of another cracking league encounter between the two sides.
2e2 Douglas and Vagabonds to meet in BSM Manx Cup Final
Monday, 13 February 2012 10:04
The “old firm” of Manx Rugby, Douglas and Vagabonds will meet in the final of the BSM Manx Cup after successfully seeing off Ramsey and Southern Nomads respectively in the semis. Douglas beat Ramsey 24-20 in a great game of cup rugby, while in the other semi, Vagabonds made light work of Southern Nomads winning 48-5.
Douglas finally broke their Ramsey hoodoo. This was the fifth time the clubs had met in the last eighteen months and the first time Douglas won. They started a little sharper than Ramsey and only some tough defending stopped Niall Killey and Will Latta from breaking the line in the opening exchanges.
Douglas finally took the lead in the tenth minute courtesy of a Scott Goodall penalty. Two minutes later Ramsey equalised through Fintan Cummins on their first foray into the Douglas half. Two more penalties followed from Goodall as Douglas continued to edge it in territorial stakes and that was how it stayed until half time.
The game really came to life at the start of the second half. Fintan Cummins was hit late just three minutes in and he recovered sufficiently to knock over the resulting penalty to reduce the Douglas lead to three points at 9-6. Four minutes later though, Douglas finally made the breakthrough they wanted.
Killey’s break up the middle got them inside the Ramsey twenty two. The forwards set up a driving maul and as Ramsey’s defence tried desperately to kill the drive, Callum Carine sneaked in round the blind side for the opening try and a 14-6 lead.
Ramsey hit back from the restart with another Cummins penalty when Douglas’ back line was caught offside. From that restart there were more points at the other end. Ramsey conceded a penalty and when Goodall’s shot at goal rebounded off the crossbar, Douglas were able to turn the ball over and shunt prop Rob Todd in for their second try.Goodall converted and Douglas were 21-9 in front with half an hour still to play.
Ramsey then started to come back into the game.
The tight scrum started to dominate and the flow of penalties started to increase. Cummins bagged another two on sixteen and twenty minutes to bring his side back into it at 21-15. Goodall however nailed a crucial kick in the twenty third minute to give Douglas a nine point lead which they held to the very end. A well worked try from Ali Trace down the left wing was the final play of the game for Ramsey, but it was little more than a consolation.