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U14 -V Dolphin South Munster Development U14 cup Semi-Final   17/04/2018

U14 - South Munster Development U14 cup Semi-Final V Dolphin

Saturday 14th April

Clonakilty 17: Dolphin 12

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, and the bitter wind blowing cross field at the Mahon pitch, boded well for Clonakilty. Following a great quarter-final win in Charleville, the semi-final took the team to a rematch with Dolphins, a team who beat Clonakilty 48 – 10 in their last meeting.

Receiving the ball from the kick-off, the Clonakilty pack set about making hard yards against a very physical defence from Dolphins. Clonakilty kept the pressure to the point that t was only in the 15th minute that a clearance kick from Dolphins, allowed the ball to see the Clonakilty half, for the second time. Clonakilty ran the ball straight back into the Dolphins half, with the pack gaining the metres until a Dolphin penalty on Jim, allowed Adam to break the stalemate and score the opening try. The same cold wind however denying Ben the conversion.

Dolphins then gained dominance from the restart. Only desperate defending from forwards and backs, held Dolphins out when they were within 5 metres of the Clonakilty line. Two great clearance kicks from Luke brought the score at the break; Dolphins 0 – Clonakilty 5

The second half seemingly tested the nerves of the gathered parents more than the players. Dolphins came back scoring twice to take the lead 14 – 5, another Dolphins attack being snuffed out by great defensive work, including Ciaran’s back-to-back tackles. A 30m break from Adam deep into the Dolphins half, and fast recycling from Tossy, gave Tyler the opportunity to take a run through the Dolphins heavily defended centre to score in the mud between the posts. Ben clearing the extra two points with ease.

The start of the last quarter saw Dolphin ahead by 2 points. With the subs bench cleared, the combined coaching skills of “birthday boy” Geoff, Eoin and Josh came to the fore. Every player contributing to hold back a determined Dolphins attack. It was then Clonakilty’s turn to mount the offensive. Wave after wave of attack culminated in Tyler performing a flying dive from the back of a ruck to land Clonakilty a five point lead.

Clonakilty thought it was all over, but the referee allowed the restart and Dolphins came at Clonakilty with everything they had. Only with every player showing absolute commitment in the tackle, did Clonakilty manage to keep Dolphins at bay. The sustained defence eventually led to a Dolphins spilled ball, leaving Adam to kick the ball high into the air over the side-line, with the referee only blowing the full time whistle upon its squelchy return to earth.

 

 





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