U18 Munster Club Conference Clonakilty V Bantry 3rd Nov 2018   07/11/2018

U18 Match Report


Munster Club U18 Conference 4 

Clonakilty 35: Bantry 0


The U18’s travelled to Bantry following a confidence building victory against Muskerry last week, hoping to build on the progress made this season. Clonakilty had the advantage of the hill and wind in the first half and with good territory and pressure took an early lead with 2 penalties converted by Tomas Tynor. Clonakilty’s set piece dominance helped to keep territorial dominance however a game home team defensive effort and some indiscipline at the break down meant Clon were still looking for their first try late in the first half. It finally came following some good handling, Kyle Buttimer making a line break to send Luke Kearney in the corner. The Winger had some work to do to wriggle over in the corner for the unconverted try.

Just before the break Clon went over again. Having got ball 5 meters out, a series of pick and go’s by the forwards gave Stephen O’Hea the chance to dive over. Tyner converted to give Clon a deserved but hard earned 18-0 half-time lead.

Clon faced into the second half against the wind and hill but with dryer conditions were able to open up with ball in hand a bit more. The team has a mix of seasoned performers at this level, experienced players stepping up to the grade and some players who have only started rugby this season. This was best typified with our front row. Matthew McCarthy with Munster u18 Club experience doing his usual outstanding work at tighthead carrying with real menace for 80 mins. Chris Walton at hooker, up from last year’s U16’s was outstanding, with his fielding of the high ball standing out when he covered deep like an old Pro. Making his debut as starting loose head was Maciej Bednarz in only his third game of Rugby was bouncing lads in attack and defence in an all rounded impressive display.

With Bantry kicking long it was harder to maintain territory but a combination of strong line speed and strong running back of the kicks Clon stayed in control of the game. Pressure midway through the second half led to a Clon scrum 5 yards from the Bantry line. A strong nudge in the scrum allowed number 8 Michael White drive over for a try. Tynor again converted before shortly after knocking over another Penalty. Bantry while out of sight now on the score board were not for letting up in the physical stakes and stayed competitive until the end. It took a strong defensive effort from Clon to keep them scoreless before Michael White repeated his trick from another five meter scrum with a few minutes to go. Tyner’s excellent kicking continued and the conversion left the fulltime score 35-0.

Overall, Clon will be happy with their performance, the experience gained as a unit and in particular the rapid progress of some of the less experienced players. An excellent lineout performance and defensive display were other major plus points. Discipline, especially at the breakdown, will need to improve for tighter battles ahead.

Squad: Maciej Bednarz, Chris Walton, Matthew McCarthy, Danial Godwin, Tomas Tyner, Jim O’Hea, Stephen O’Hea, Michael White, Owain Buttimer, Darragh O’Connor, Jamie O’Donovan, Ben Lovell, Luke Kearney, John Allyn Byrnes, Joe Collins


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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