U16 Report Friendly V Sundays Well 11th November 2018   14/11/2018

U16 Match Report


U16 Friendly Match – 11th November

Clonakilty 31: Sundays Well  19

A free weekend in the Munster U16 League Conference 3 facilitated this friendly fixture v Sundays Well. It presented an opportunity for each player in what is now a very competitive squad to make his case to play in the two remaining crucial league games v Kinsale and Ballincollig in the coming weeks.

A wind and rain swept Shannon Vale greeted both teams last Sunday. Conditions dictated it was going to be a game of two halves, just as it had been v Bantry the previous Saturday.

Clon started with a starting team showing 7 changes, running to a total of 12 changes by games end. Adapting to playing with new players and combinations is part of any teambuilding process and the lads rose to the challenge.

The game’s opening exchanges saw Clon in control. Carries from Geariod O’Donovan, Aaron Donovan, Tyler Abbey-Henning, Conor Ryan and Eoin Murphy, gave the backline lots of ball in what were difficult handling conditions. Support from Thomas O’Donovan, Ciaran McCarthy and Rory White continued Clon’s advantage in the possession stakes. Jim Twomey was also working hard at no 9. The slow speed of the ruck clear-out and the speed of ball transfer, meant Clon didn’t capitalize on these strong carries.


Good quality passing, ball skills and lines of running lines by Eoin Downey, Luke McCarthy and Adam Crawford stretched the Well’s defense on occasions, but the ball rarely got to the industrious wingers Adam Asare and Liam O’Connell. Ben Reilly was strong and assured in his first outing at full back. Clon were in control but disorganized beyond the first phase and playing in second gear.

The team defense which had won the points in Bantry a week previously was also not up to its usual standard. Players were defending as individuals and missing far too many first up tackles. Sundays Well took advantage of this and got over the gain line too easily at times to take a 7 -12 lead at half time.

The character in this team is building however, and the poor momentum and weather didn’t dampen Clon’s appetite for the battle. Changes at half time brought Ethan Jennings, Ross Donovan, Cillian McDonnell, Mike Deegan and Eugene McCarthy into the pack with the impressive Fergal Murphy and Grattan Neville joining the backs.



Eoin Downey’s game management given the elements in the second half was top class. Ruck ball quality improved and Clon started playing at a higher tempo not allowing the Well’s defense the time to reset and moving the point of attack. Fergal Murphy at 9 consistently and accurately hit the first receiver and Clon started attacking in waves.      


The defense also improved. Clon upped their physicality considerably with Cillian McDonnell and Eoin Murphy having excellent games. Clon’s defensive system was now working hard to reorganize itself and leaders were making calls and taking responsibility. Sustained pressure gave Clon good field position and scores followed for Aaron Donovan and Tyler Abbey Henning. Sundays Well responded towards the end of the game and outworked Clon’s defense to score under the posts themselves just before the final whistle. Final Score:  Clon 31 Sundays Well 19

Given the number of changes and the weather conditions this was a solid team performance from Clon. There is a toughness and character beginning to develop within this group and a recognition that a strong collective defensive effort can sometimes be as rewarding as scoring points.

That character will be need in Clon Saturday week November 24th when Clon take on Kinsale in the second last league game of Munster U16 Conference 3.         

Squad: Aaron Donovan, Rory White, Will Blackburn, Gearoid O’Donovan, Ross O’Donovan, Ryan O’Leary, Ciaran McCarthy, Conor Ryan, Eoin Murphy, Michael Deegan, Cillian McDonnell, Eugene O’Donovan, Tyler Abbey Henning, Cian Downey, Thomas O’Donovan, Ethan Jennings, Tomas O’Suilleabhan, Jim Twomey, Fergal Murphy, Eoin Downey, Luke McCarthy, Adam Crawford, Liam O’Connell, Adam Asare, Ben Reilly, 


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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