Irish show Premier class in Cup win

Clayton 10

Halifax Irish 32

(Presidents Cup)

Irish dumped Premier outfit Clayton out of the Pennine Presidents Cup on their own patch with a clinical performance. Chris Geoghegan was once again in superb form and his rampant pack set the platform for a shock victory.

Just five minutes had elapsed when Andrew Brocklehurst crashed over for the opening try, courtesy of excellent work from Mick Holden and Chris Holroyd, the latter adding the extras.

Moments later Holden scythed clear from deep in his own half before drawing the full back and sending the outstanding second rower Macauley Nortcliffe under the posts. Once again Holroyd converted for 12-0.

Just before the half hour mark things got better for the visitors when Sean Dyson and Holroyd released Chris Norman who somehow sent Michael Reed over in the corner.

The hosts finally opened their account just before half time as Gareth Judson romped over for an interval score of 16-4.

When Danny Belcher added a try early in the second half, which he also converted, it was game on at 16-10.

However, the Irish took control and secured their passage to the next round.

A brilliant solo try from Holroyd restored their advantage, with the half back making no mistake with the extras. Then great play from Holden and Dyson sent Geoghegan on a 50 metre rampaging burst to score in corner. Holroyd converted.

Irish rounded things off with the impressive Martin Silcox setting up the position for Norman to put Brocklehurst over for his second try of a very impressive afternoon.

Queensbury A 74

Cowling 10

(Supplementary Cup)

Queensbury A racked up a score against lower opposition in the first round of the Pennine Supplementary Cup.

Try scorers on the day were Kelvin Daulet (2), Andy Walker (3), Darren Brown (3) - who also picked up the man of the match award - Joe Bryan (2), Ste Montgomery, Sam Cheney and a first try for returnee Matthew Wood.

Michael Boocock scored a try and kicked nine goals for a personal tally of 22 points.