U18 v Kinsale 11th November 2017   15/11/2017

U18 v Kinsale 11th November 2017

Clonakilty 24: Kinsale 20

Clonakilty U18’s were back in action on Saturday taking on a strong Kinsale outfit in Shannonvale. Kinsale were in confident mood coming of a win In Skibb the previous week and started the game the stronger. In particular they were working the blindside with a strong number 8 asking questions of the Clon defense. They were rewarded for the early pressure with 2 tries in the first 20 mins before Clon had really fired a shot in the match. 10 poiints down and Clon finally began to fire. The lineout improved and a solid scrum with Fionn Courtney & Conor Murphy started to provide a better platform to get the Clon ball carriers into the game. Following some strong running and excellent handling Fionn McPeake squeezed in at the corner but knocked on whilst trying to ground the ball under pressure. Clon were not done, and with the likes of Matthew McCarthy piling in some strong carries and Cian O’Donoghue finding space with impressive running Clon were soon back on the offensive. John Beamish on his debut on the wing was sent into the corner following some excellent hands from the forward and backs to dot down. 10 yards in from the touch line, into a stiff breeze and from his weaker side a monster conversion by Thomas Tyner harrowed the gap to 3 points.

Kinsale were not done however and with very good attaching variations put Clon under pressure again coming up to half time. Clon were pinned on their line and a blocked down kick on our own line was dotted down to extend their lead to 15-7 with the conversion to come. It was soon the split the posts and Clon went to the break trailing by 10.

At the break the Clon boys regrouped and focused on bring greater tempo and improving the execution of their game plan. Clon got on the offensive from the restart turning over the ball in the Kinsale half. Moving the ball wide Clon found space and got close to the line before the covering tackle. A quick ruck ball was flicked out the short side where Owain Buttimer divided in from close range. Tynor had a good strike on the conversion but it went narrowly wide from the tough angle. Clon had their tails up and now trailed by 5.

The forwards were all now beginning to carry with real purpose. Backrowers Michael White, Cathal Mortel and Killian O’Driscoll along with second rowers Dirk Jan Bakker and Captain Jamie O’Donovan were also getting stuck into everything against a larger pack. The backs working off front foot ball and with Conor Hayes at 10 pulling the strings, were handling well and running with real purpose. Kinsale too went on the attack in what was shaping up to be a cracking game that looked like it would go to the wire with two teams having a real cut off each other. Clon conceded a kickable penalty on the 22 and Kinsale slotted it over to give them an 8 point advantage with 20 mins to go. Clon were soon to reply. After some excellent work Clon again had go forward ball and with a powerful run from Niall Beamish he wriggled and stretch to get the ball down. A missed conversion left Kinsale with a 3 point advantage. Clon maintained the tempo however using their mobility and handling skills combined with a belief and determination. With 10 Minutes to go a cracking move saw the impressive Cian O’Donoghue finish in the corner to Gove Clon a 2 Point advantage with 7 minutes remaining. From 5 yard in from the touchline Tynor stroked the ball with conviction and split the uprights.

A 4 point lead was always going to be better than 2 as this one went to the wire. Kinsale piled on the pressure for the last 5 mins and spent a chunk of it in the Clon 22. Try as they might Clon were unyielding in defence with a huge work rate. Niall Barrett who conducted affairs for Clon from Scrum half with excellent composure all game drove the ball down field. A solid chase and Clon forced Kinsale into touch in their own half.

The Referee blew the final whistle on what was an excellent game of Rugby with Clonakilty’s second half performance giving them enough to take the points. Every single player from 1 to 18 of this small squad gave 110%. Collectively each game this season has seen a massive improvement fuelled by the determination of the lads. Roll on Dunmanway in two weeks’ time.

Squad: Owain Buttimer, Fionn McPeake, Cian O’Donoghue, Thomas Tyner, John Beamish, Conor Hayes, Niall Barrett, Niall beamish, christpher Coomey, Danial Godwin, Conor Murphy, Fionn Courtney, Matthew McCarthy, Jamie O’Donovan, Dirk Jan Bakker, Micahel White, Cathal Mortell, Killian O’Driscoll.


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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