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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Kells beat Normanton Knights to progress in Challenge Cup

Kells will join Egremont Rangers and Wath Brow Hornets in the second round of the prestigious Carnegie Challenge Cup after disposing of Normanton Knights.

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Kells' man of the match David Lowery on the attack with Lewis Smith in support

Kells beat their visitors 34-12 in the first round proper after dominating for much of the game.

But it was not all one way and it was visiting Normanton that were out of the blocks quickly to score the first try.

Second-rower Paul Seal crashed over the try line after 14 minutes with winger Andrew Greaves converting for 6-0.

Then four minutes later Kells levelled when stand-off Ross Gainford touched down and also added the extras.

The home side went into the lead for the first time on 32 minutes and they did not surrender it again.

This time it was second rower Alan McGuinness with the try and Gainford was again on target with the extras.

Kells were 16-6 to the good by half time when sub Ryan Watson reached out to touch down wide on the right.

Kells started brightly after the break and new signing at centre, former Haven star Craig Benson brushed aside three defenders to dive over on 49 minutes, Gainford added the two points.

Then came the try of the game from prop David Lowery. He took the ball on the first tackle from a penalty and beat six defenders on his way over the try line from 30 metres out. Again Gainford converted and Kells were 28-6 ahead with 63 minutes on the clock.

McGuinness got his second try of the game shortly after, with Gainford converting before the Knights added a consolation try on the last play of the game from stand off Johnny Kirk, converted by Greaves.

But this was Kells’ day and they were victorious 34-12 and will go into the second round draw, due to be held today.

Man of the match went to Kells prop David Lowery who played a full 80 minutes.

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