McMaster determined to build on win over Seapoint

City of Derry coach Terry McMaster.
City of Derry coach Terry McMaster.

City of Derry coach Terry McMaster was delighted to leave bottom club Seapoint with a win last week.

McMaster was particularly pleased given Rainey’s result against Highfield.

“We were happy to get up the road with four points especially with Rainey doing us a favour against Highfield,” said McMaster.

“I knew Seapoint would be a tough nut to crack and it took everything for us to crack them, I can’t understand how they haven’t won a game of rugby in that league yet.

“They were as physical a side as we have played and the conditions didn’t suit us, there was a real gale-force wind, which favoured nobody in the first half as it when across the pitch and in the second half it was behind them, which made it difficult for us to get territory.

“Our scrum was dominant our lineout functioned well, when we got front foot ball we looked dangerous, they were very competitive and physical at the break down and it took us a while to get that.”

Rainey travel to Derry a point of the play-off places.

“I always look forward to an Ulster derby, Rainey are a young side and they tend to play with a free spirit and there is no fear of failure, coming off the back of a win against Highfield there will be definitely no fear of failure,” McMaster said.

“We know where their strengths are but we’ll try to negate those threats and hopefully get our strengths around the park into space and see what we can do.

“We’re weary of it, it’s a derby game and they will be going into it with a bit of confidence from the Highfield game.”

Prop Rory Squires and centre Stuart Simpson are set to face their old club.

Rainey have Neil O’Kane and Andrew Shaw back in the squad.

Fourth-placed Armagh will hope to keep their push for the play-offs alive as they host basement club Seapoint at the Palace Grounds, while Dungannon face third-placed Sunday’s Well at Stevenson Park.