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U14 Girls v Bantry 12th Jan 2019   16/01/2019

Girls Rugby Update

U14 – Clonakilty 36: Bantry 17 

On Saturday 12th January our U14 girls squad headed to Bantry for their third match in the U14 West Cork Development League. Despite two strong wins in the league to date, the team were mindful that they had lost to the bigger and stronger Bantry squad in the Clonakilty blitz at the start of the season, so were taking nothing for granted. We fielded a full squad of 16 players for this 13 a side game but had to start only 12 as Bantry were a player down. The game was one of three thirds, literally and figuratively, with three time periods of 20 minutes agreed to be played by the coaches, to allow for Clonakilty to sub-in players so that everyone got a game. Having lost the toss, the Clon girls faced the up-hill run for the first third of the game (anyone who has played at Bantry will know that the pitch is anything but flat) but were rewarded for their excellent team work with the first try by Millie Condon after 5 minutes. Several more runs came to nothing in this period as the Bantry girls dug-deep to keep Clon out and Bantry’s hard work was rewarded with an equalising try after 18 minutes. One particularly tough tackle on Alana Murphy saw her having to take a break from the pitch to recover. The girls went into the break with one try a piece. After the break, the Clon girls really got into their stride with excellent rucking and attacking runs by the forwards Kate Verling, Eabha Egan, Aoife Godwin-Coombs, Ewa Gomola, Ciara O’Neill, Aoise Lawless and Amy Giles. The strong backline (Alana Murphy, Maeve Dowling, Millie Condon, Maggie Draper, Orla Kingston, Emma, Nyhan, Sinead O’Mahony, Caoimhe White and Orla Leamy O’Donovan) took advantage of the down-hill run with Millie Condon scoring her second try under the posts after one minute, which was converted off the boot of Ewa Gomola. Back on the pitch after getting her breath back, Alana Murphy ran in a spectacular try from the half way line, bouncing off the padding on the post on her way over the line - a perfect response to the earlier high tackle. Clon scored a further three tries in this period (two for Millie and one for Alana), with conversions by Ewa Gomola. The Clon girls went into the second break with a substantial lead. However, tired legs started to show for the Clon girls in the third period faced with the uphill run, with Bantry scoring twice against the run of play. Clon's best chance in this period came from an Orla KIngston break-away run but unfortunately she was taken into touch a metre from the try line. The match ended with a very strong win for Clon on a score of 38-17. A great start to 2019 for this group of highly competitive girls - onwards and upwards Clon!!





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