Munster Junior Cup V Waterpark 3rd February 2019   06/02/2019

Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup

Clonakilty 26: Waterpark 27

Clonakilty 1st XV travelled to Waterpark on Sunday for the second round of the Munster Junior Cup and went there with much confidence as they had only lost One game all season. They were also looking forward to the test against a 1st Division team, as hope fully they will be in that division next season.

Waterpark kicked into a good wind and for the first 10 minutes both teams were testing each other, but after 15 minutes Olan Dean took on a good ball and made ground up to the half way to release to Josh Wilcox who tore the Park defence apart, ball was released to the backs and now Clon were just 10 mts from the Park line and Mike O’Hea setting up a perfect secure ball

to release to Victor Lovell to go over for Clon’s first try 5-0

After the kick off Park really put on the pressure, but the well Clon defence stood there ground. Clon began to run the ball out of defence with good continuity between Josh Wilcox and Stephen Cotter and as a result of this pressure , Clon were awarded a Penalty 30 mts out and converted by Eoghan Deasy Clon were now 8-0.

Clon were now well on top in all aspects of the game, driving the Park back on there own and play between the back and forwards were excellent, but just could not get through the Park defence, until Clon pushed Park off another Scrum and the Ball was picked by Olan Deane who went blind and released to JD O’Hea just at the right moment, who went in for Clon’s 2nd try 13-0.

Then came Clon’s moment of Magic. On Parks kick-off Mick O’Hea took the ball high over his head and drove to the 22 line, ball was quickly released to JD O’Hea, who switched to Mark Purcell, who tore through the Park defence and quickly released to Cathal O’Regan who was racing up the centre in support and went in under the Posts for the Try of the day, which was converted by Eoghan Deasy.

Half Time Clonakilty 20: Waterpark 0

Well you have heard of the saying “A Game of two halves” Well this game was one of them. One has no idea what the Park said to his players at half time, but from the kick off they were a different team and it only took them 5 minutes to score there first try and converted 20-7

Clon appeared to be happy with their lead, as they soaked up Parks attacks, and were finding it difficult to handle Parks plan B, but Clon did try hard when they got their hands on the ball and were awarded a Penalty after 10 min, which again was converted by Eoghan Deasy 23-7

Park kept up the pressure and after 25m were awarded a Penalty 25 mts out and took a quick tap and after a number of quick passes went in for their 2nd try 23-12.

Park’s confidence had now risen, and they were a new team and from the Kick off Park were pressurising Clon, who gave away a few silly Penalty's and Park were now on Clon's 22 and from the resulting line out Park went over for another try, which was converted 23-19.

Now Park could smell victory and it only took a few more minutes for Park’s No 10 to chip over Clon’s defence who were very flat on that occasion and Parks centre dives over to score another try and to put Park ahead 23-24.

But Clon must be given some great credit as they were not prepared to be beaten. There forwards, led by Donal McSweeney and Batt Duggen rose their game and on the 40th minute put Eoghan Deasy in the position to drop a goal to put Clon back in front 26-24

But like every good story, there is always a sting at the end. From the kick off Clon secured position and picked and drove for the next 5 minutes of injury time, but the Sting was that Park were awarded a Penalty 40 mts out and was converted to give Park a victory 26-27

There were some great performances all over the team and even though disappointed in the result, they know now that they can compete in the 1st Division next year if promoted.

 1 Josh Wilcox, 2 Cathal O’Regan, 3 Stephen Cotter, 4 Donal McSweeney, 5 Mike O’Hea, 6 Batt Duggan, 7 Damien Koziak, 8 Olan Deane, 9 Shane Deasy, 10 Eoghan Deasy, 11 Victor Lovell, 12 Graham Murray, 13 Mark Purcell, 14 Robert Howick Finglas, 15 JD O’Hea, 16 Jack Ryan, 17 Ruslan Dorogan, 18 Moss Downey, 19 Olan Fehily, 20 Alex Moore


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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