U18 Report Clonakilty v Bandon 17th Nov   24/11/2018

U18 Match Report

Munster Club U18 Conference 4

Clonakilty 36: Bandon 22

Clonakilty V Bandon might not attract the crowds in the Aviva but for those involved the local derby rivalry is hard to top. Clonakilty, in good form of late were taking on a Bandon team that have struggled in the campaign to date. As expected however an improving young Bandon team, bolstered by a few returning players, were well up for the fight and the opening exchanges were intense. Clon, carried the stronger in early exchanges and were rewarded with a penalty in front of the posts. Thomas Tyner obliged with the opening 3 points.

Bandon got some territory from the kick off and kicked to the corner from a penalty. An excellent clean take and maul got them over in the corner for an unconverted try and a 5-3 lead. Clonakilty again got their big carriers going, and mounted pressure. Finding themselves 5m out the Clon pack took control and following a series of strong carries Tyner barged over for a try he would convert himself.  

Bandon were far from finished and came back at Clon again, forcing a series of penalties at the breakdown. One too many for the referee and the Clon hooker was sent to the bin for not releasing at the ref’s instructions. Bandon kicked to the corner again and squeezed over from the resulting lineout. 10-10 and despite Clon having the best of it the scores were level until just before the break.

Clon were beginning to find the flow in their game, with some more attacking work from the back division. Joe Collins, starting his first game at scrum half was increasing the tempo and Jamie O’Donovan and Ben Lovell were getting more caries in the centre. It was the excellent Matthew McCarthy however who drove over from close range following some excellent build up work to give Clon a 15-10 halftime lead.

Clon, a little guilty of playing too much rugby in their own half at times, paid the price 10 mins into the second half when Bandon constructed a few strong phases. Having sucked in the Clon defence a sweeping back line move to their right got their winger in for the touch down in the corner to bring the game level again.  Clon were beginning to open the game up now however putting more width and pace on proceedings. The back 3 were beginning to get in on the act with some excellent kick returns and blind side snipes.

Twice Clon got within striking distance in a 10 min period and twice strong running at pace off the good multiphase ruck ball saw Ben Lovell get over for tries near the sticks. Both converted, Clon opened up a 14 point gap. Bandon did not give up however and shortly after they drove over themselves with Jack Appleby coming up with the ball. They kicked a good conversion to keep the result in the mix with 10 minutes to go.

Clon, however were in no mood to let it slip and kept the pressure and territory in their favour for the closing stages. Despite a yellow for a high tackle for Stephen O’Hea (mistaken Identity), Luke Kearney was unlucky not to be awarded a try with 2 minutes left. The referee ruled he dropped it in the act of scoring as he squeezed in under pressure. Clon got the squeeze on the resulting scrum and soon forced a turnover close to the line. Again a few strong carries opened up some space and Jamie O’Donovan went in under the posts to finish the game with a 7 pointer. A final score of 22-36 well deserved for Clon but made to fight all the way.

An excellent performance from the pack with the front five leading the way in a dominant scrum display. The back row was immense with the 2 O’Hea’s working their socks off and Michael White turning in an excellent all-round display. The new half back pairing of Joe Collins and Craig Bateman looked composed throughout and the outside backs were dangerous in space all day. A very satisfying win against the neighbours. Next week the U18’s take on Dolphin/Crosshaven at Shannonvale at 2pm on Saturday.


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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