U18 V Dolphin/Crosshaven 24th Nov 2018   28/11/2018

U18 Match Report

Munster Club U18 Conference 4

Clonakilty 67: Dolphin/Crosshaven 7

The U18’s had a home tie this week for the first time in a number of weeks, welcoming Dolphin/Crosshaven to the Vale on Saturday afternoon. With the mornings rain cleared the game kicked off in excellent conditions for running rugby which suited the home team who were ready to rock from the off.

Clon soon made a drive up the field and within the first five minutes were off the mark with a Matthew McCarthy try. Clon’s scrum power and clean lineout ball were setting the base for forward dominance and despite game tackling from the visitors Clon had soon tagged on 2 more tries. Clon were now moving through the gears with good interplay and multiphase attacks.

Clon’s gallop was briefly halted when a good break by the visitors ended with a knock on close to the Clon Line. Despite Clons dominance in the scrum a rebounding ball came out the Dolphin side who moved it well to get in under the posts for a seven pointer.

Clon were soon back on the scoring trail. Tony Connolly on his season debut at full back was in full flow demonstrating speed and footwork. Powerful carries from front row trio Maciej Bednarz, Liam Barry and Mathew McCarthy regularly gave Clon good go forward ball. Jim O’Hea was delivering clean lineout possession and Darragh O’Connor was varying the attack from Out-half.  The early loss of Michael White to a shoulder injury the only real damper for the home team in a first half that was to end with a 36 -7 point advantage. Tries from Tony O’Connell, Joe Collins, Ben Lovell and Jamie O’Donovan and 3 conversions from Thomas Tyner bringing up the total following the opener.

The visitors day wasn’t getting any easier with a strong bench ready to come on for Clon in the second half. Half time saw the introduction of Simon Walsh making his return from a long-term injury. He was soon making his mark with a string of big hits as Clon set to work. Clon again went through a few phases before sending Joe Collins in for his second as he was set away to finish under the posts. This was soon followed with another try as Jamie O’Donovan ran a great line and showed a clear pair of heels to go in from 30 yards out. Jamie Santry also returning from injury was next up. He finished a sweeping move as Clon were increasingly finding space now in the wide channels.

The visitors were now struggling with the unrelenting pace, whilst Clon were able to unload their full bench. Ben Lovell again crossed for a try before John Allen Byrne showed his pace to add the final score. Put into space in his own 22 he beat the cover and ran the length of the pitch for his first try of the season.

The final score of 67 – 7 for the home side, a string of 4 wins in a row now under the belt. It was an excellent team performance with the full 21 matchday squad delivering an impressive attacking display. Welcoming back 2 players from injury and getting a chance to try a few different combinations added to the positives. Next week sees the team on the road to Ballincollig, with a win against the team 1 place above them on the table vital to Clon’s Pan A ambitions. Well done Lads.

Squad: Maciej Bednarz, Chris Walton, Matthew McCarthy, Liam Barry, Danial Godwin, Tomas Tyner, Jim O’Hea, Stephen O’Hea, Simon Walsh, Michael White, Darragh O’Connor, Jamie O’Donovan, Ben Lovell, Luke Kearney, John Allyn Byrnes, Joe Collins, Jamie Santry, Craig Bateman, Kyle Buttimer, Niall Finn, Tony O’Connell.


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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