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U18 - Munster Club U18 Plate V Mallow 10th March 2019   13/03/2019

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U18 Munster Club U18 Plate

Clonakilty 24: Mallow 14

 

Clonakilty travelled to Independent Park for the final Munster U18 Plate pool Match against fellow Joint Leaders Mallow RFC on Sunday Morning. The Prize for both sides was a top of the table spot and a home quarter final. The Clon Lads were looking forward to an opportunity to show their skills on the top class playing surface.

The game kicked off at a furious pace with both sides having a cut early on making most of good conditions. After a brief period of early Mallow pressure Clon grew into the game as they played into a blustery wind. Clon were a little unlucky not to open the scoring with a Jamie O’Donovan touch down being blown for a double movement. It was Mallow who broke the deadlock however with a try under the posts and against the run of play. The Mallow number 10 took a good ball from a ruck and with an excellent step on the Clon 22 glided in for the converted try.

Clon upped their defence for the rest of the half and put the strong running Mallow backs under pressure at every opportunity. Jamie Santry at 13 was making telling hits. The Clon Forwards were making strong carries from 1 to 8. Clon were dominating the Scrum against a big pack with the front row trio of Matthew McCarthy, Liam Barry and Maciek Bednarz putting to opposition put in under severe pressure. The backs too were looking dangerous and a harsh forward pass call, off an excellent backs move, foiled another Clon opportunity.

The Clon break through finally came when Thomas Tynor picked off an intercept just inside the Mallow half following some excellent defensive pressure. The Second row showed pace to finish it under the posts before converting his own try to level things at 7-7. Clon kept up the excellent pressure. Michael White was doing excellent work in the lineout, the back 3 were getting into the game running back Mallows kicks with interest. With 5 minutes to half time Clon won a scrum against the head on the halfway line. Jamie Santry made a strong run to the mallow 22 following some good hands. Michael white picked and took the ball on around the corner of the ruck , shrugging off a few defenders to race to the line for a touchdown. Tynor again converted to put Clon 14-7 into the Lead.

Clon kept on the pressure but this Mallow side were not at the top of the table for nothing and the match was full of good rugby by both sides. With half time imminent Clon were on the attack once more. A strong carry by Maciek Bednarz ended with him sustaining a knee injury. Maciek who is in his debut season of rugby has been a rock at Loose head for the team all season. In a short space of time his passion for the game and appetite for hard work have shone through in some spectacular performances for such an inexperienced Player. We wish him well in his recovery.

Following the half time break the game continued with pace from both sides. Mallow were putting it up to Clon and both sides were working hard to get a foot hold in the opposition half. 15 minutes in and Mallow were making a promising attack. Again, the defensive pressure told and this time Ben Lovell made an intercept. The Chasers were hot on his heels and he was hauled down on the mallow 22. The Clon support got there with Fionn McPeake and Matthew McCarthy both making carries and off loads. A quick ruck 5 metres out and it was Tynor on the charge who got over the line. He popped over the conversion again to push Clon to a 21-7 Lead. The half backs of Rob Downey and Darragh O’Conner were mixing the game well and 5 minutes later Clon got a penalty 30 metres out to the left of the posts. Tynor made it 4 from 4 to give Clon a 17 Point lead with 12 mins to go. Both sides began to ring the changes as the pace of the game started to tell and Mallow made a strong push into the Clon half and with 4 minutes to go pulled back a converted try to narrow the gap to 10 Points. Clon were in no mood to give this one up and some strong defense saw out the remaining minutes.

A fantastic all round performance from the Clon lads who played for each other all day. The Back row was excellent with Chris Walton and returning Captain Jamie O’Donovan in excellent form. Kyle Buttimer, Fionn McPeake and Craig Bateman marshalled the backfield and looked dangerous on the counter attack and hitting the line. The victory has given the Clon lads the chance to play for a semi-final spot this coming Saturday against Killarney-Killorglin at 1pm in Shannonvale. Come along and support the lads in what will no doubt be another mighty battle.


Clon Panel: Maciej Bednarz, Liam Barry, Matthew McCarthy, Danial Godwin, Thomas Tyner, Stephen O’Hea, Jamie O’Donovan, Joe Collins, Darragh O’Connor, John Allen Byrne, Craig Bateman, Jamie Santry, Kyle Buttimer, Chris Walton, Rob Downey, Michael White, Ben Lovell, Luke Kearney.





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