U16 South Munster League Conference C V Skibbereen 28th Sept 19   02/10/2019

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U16 South Munster League Conference C

Skibbereen 14: Clonakilty 12

(Apologies, last week’s report advised that South Munster League was a qualifier for Munster Pan A, this was an error. Pan A qualification begins in the next few weeks)

Following an opening-day victory, Clon headed to near-neighbours, Skibbereen for their second League fixture of the season. Scores were at a minimum and were all hard earned in a tight encounter where the hosts deservedly prevailed.

However, with only a few minutes on the clock, it was Clon who were fastest out of the blocks and following early pressure, Luke McCarthy found touch with a superb long-range kick which eventually led to Clon winning a scrum near to the try line. Scrum-half, Jim Twomey collected quickly from the scrum and cleverly spotted a gap in the Skibb defence to bolt over the line from five yards out. An encouraging start for the visitors although the kick wasn’t converted.

This was as good as the first half got for the visitors and Skibb applied huge pressure for most of the remainder of the first half. Some impressive plays including a great Fergal Murphy tackle, big Ciarán McCarthy tackle and an imaginative Adam Crawford interception which nearly led to a try were a few of the Clon highlights which were outweighed by Skibb’s tenacity and eagerness to register on the score-board. And despite some heroic defending, including one particular huge tackle by Grattan Neville, the pressure eventually bore fruit as Skibb touched down under the posts just before half-time when it looked as if Clon might hold out until the break. Skibb converted to lead at half-time in a scoreline of 7-5.
To be fair, Clon started the second half by applying the early pressure. By now, the impressive Ross O’Donovan was having a huge impact on Clon’s forward-running game but it was Skibb who broke away to register their second try which again was also converted. Skibb now leading 14-5.

As it was a physical, hard game, the Clon mentors rang a number of changes and while Skibb had continued to bring the game to Clon since their second try, the introduction of some subs plus a “second-wind” all round put Clon on the front foot for the remaining ten minutes. With six minutes to go, the hard-working Will Blackburn went over for a well-deserved close-in try. Luke converted to leave two points between the teams.

Clon kept going until the final whistle but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Skibb held out for the victory on a scoreline of 14-12.\

Team; 1 Ciarán McCarthy, 2 Ross O’Donovan, 3 Gearóid O’Donovan, 4 Ethan Jennings, 5 Michael Deegan, 6 Alan O’Driscoll, 7 Grattan Neville, 8 Paul Murphy, 9 Jim Twomey, 10 Luke McCarthy, 11 Killian O’Herlihy, 12 Pa McCarthy, 13 Adam Crawford, 14 Odhran O’Connell, 15 Fergal Murphy. Subs used; Will Blackburn, Thomas O’Donovan, Séan Óg O’Flynn.


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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