Kells made the perfect start in the National Conference Premier Division with a superb 56-12 win at Leigh Miners Rangers. The enthusiastic approach from Kells put Rangers onto the back foot very early in the game.
After only five minutes, scrum-half Dominic Wear gave Kells the start they were looking for with a try which his half-back partner Ross Gainford converted. It was a blistering start by the Cumbrians and they dominated the first half-an-hour, racing into a 26-0 lead. Hooker Bradley Smith went in after 10 minutes and, four minutes later, it was the turn of winger Reece O’Neill to make the line. Gainford converted all three. But the next two tries went unconverted, with O’Neill crossing for his second on 24 minutes and second-row Ryan Watson getting over on the half-hour mark. Three minutes before the break, Leigh managed to get themselves on the scoreboard with a try by Andy Philbin, which was converted by Johnny Youds.
It was business as usual for Kells three minutes after the break when centre Scott Lofthouse scored the sixth try, which Gainford converted. There was no respite for the overworked Leigh defence and, on 45 minutes, Wear scored his second try. It was now a question of saving some lost pride and, on 54 minutes, Leigh scored a second try through Jack Reynolds and Youds added the goal. But the final quarter belonged to Kells as they went past the half-century mark with four more tries. Smith scored his second; substitute Connor Hetherington and Martin O’Neill also crossed while Reede O’Neill completed his hat-trick. Gainford converted two of them.