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U18’s Report Clonakilty V Skibbereen 11th Feb 2018   14/02/2018


South Munster U18 League

Clonakilty 10: Skibbereen 12

Clonakilty U18’s were back in action on Sunday morning taking on a Skibbereen RFC in Shannonvale. Clonakilty had to shuffle forces with our regular second row pairing of Jamie O’Donovan (injured), and Daniel Godwin unavailable.  Tomas Tyner and Michael White stepping in, with Tyner a regular centre stepping into the unknown against a strong Skibb pack.

The match kicked off in between flurries of snow and the game immediately shaped up to be a closely fought contest.  In the first fifteen minutes neither side could dominate either possession or territory as the match played out between the 22’s.

Clonakilty won clean possession on the half way line and moved it to Daragh O’Connor at number 10. The out-half spotted a gap and stepped the defence.  He went hard for the line and managed to outpace the covering defence to dot down under the posts.  Tyner converted to give Clon a 7-0 Lead.

Skibb came back at Clon and enjoyed some territory coming to half time.  Clonakilty conceded a penalty on their own 22, which was taken quickly.  An excellent cross kick caught the Clon defence and Skibb touched down for an unconverted try.  Despite a few forays by both sides the score line remained 7-5 to Clon at half time.

The second half saw Skibb with the better of the territory but the Clon defence was holding well.  Skibb were using a strong lineout to set-up their driving maul which was one area that was causing Clon difficulty.  Some excellent kick chase work, however, eventually saw Clon clear up field and establish possession in the Skibb half.  Some good pressure gave Clon a penalty 30 metres out in front of the posts.  Tyner converted giving Clon an improved but dangerous 5 point lead going into the last quarter.

Skibb stared to turn the screw with 10 minutes to go.  One too many penalties off the driving maul saw Matthew McCarthy see yellow as Clon defence worked it’s socks off as the clock ticked down.  Skibb on several occasions drove hard close in before moving wide and were denied by last gasp tackles on 2 occasions.  Clon finally cleared to half way and gained a scrum with the clock ticking down.  The first lose ball from the back of the scrum all day saw Skibb turn it over and camp back down on the line.  On the last play of the game a Skibb threw to the back of a 5 meter lineout.  Despite the howls for a crocked throw from the home supporters the driving maul got to within inches of the line.  The home defence however could not stop the pick and go from the back of the lineout.  Skibb duly converted to take 12-10 victory as the final whistle sounded.

A huge effort from the entire panel which saw some returning BGS lads rock up despite their midweek Senior Cup efforts was in the end not rewarded with victory.  The lads were asked for a big effort coming into this one and responded with one of the teams better performances of the season.  Next week see’s the team return to Pan Munster action at home.

Squad: Owain Buttimer, Fionn McPeake, Cian O’Donoghue, Thomas Tyner, John Beamish, Conor Hayes, Niall Barrett, Niall beamish, Conor Murphy, Fionn Courtney, Matthew McCarthy, Dirk Jan Bakker, Michael White, Cathal Mortell, Killian O’Driscoll, Jamie Santry, Daragh O’Connor & Shane Coomey. 





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