Seaton 22 Kells 12
Seaton hosted Kells in a match that was always going to be tough after their last meeting. Seatons much improved defence proving the difference.
Kells started the game camped on the Seaton line with their expansive style of play but could not penetrate a well organised and committed defence, with Kane Bond, Conor Fitzsimmons and Jon Carl Bryan leading the way.
On the few occasions Seaton advanced into the Kells half they were met with equally committed defenders resulting in a stalemate for the first 20 minutes. Kells finally broke the deadlock after swift passing to the right corner released Owen Todd who just evaded the covering tackles. 0 – 4.
Seaton regained possession with aggressive tackling on the Kells line and Kane Bond burst through under the posts, with a Dominic Smallwood conversion gave Seaton a 6-4 half time lead.
The second half saw Seatons Bond score another try which was converted by Small wood and their defence was working overtime to keep Kells at bay. Conor Fitsimmons chased a Smallwood bomb and was rewarded when the ball came loose for him to pick up and go in at the posts and with the conversion Seaton were 18-4 up.
After a succession of penalties, Seaton applied pressure to the Kells line and on the last tackle, Greg Benson found himself in an unaccustomed position of kicking the ball which hit the post and landed into man of the match Bonds hands to complete his hat trick to the delight of his team mates giving Seaton a 22-4 lead.
Kells responded with two late tries, Jake Corrie and Owen Martin, both of which were almost identical to the first, swift handling to the corner which were too far out to convert in sticky conditions.
A physical game played with great spirit from both teams, Seaton 22 Kells 12.