Weekend Match Reports March 7th & 8th 2020
Killorglin traveled to Muskerry on Saturday 07/03/20 to take on Crosshaven in the U18.5 Pan Munster Bowl semi final. the game had been postponed from the previous week due to bad weather.
The seniors took on neighbours Killarney RFC in a rematch of last years Martin O’Sullivan Cup final in Irish Independence Park. Last years final was exciting from the opening whistle and this years final lived up to the hype.
Killarney started on the front foot, advancing up the park with 2 penalties before Killorglin turned over the ball holding up Killarney and earning a penalty of their own. Killorglin were now on the attack, Darragh O’Shea was released and advanced up the park before he was stopped by a reckless high tackle. The Killarney outside centre was shown yellow, however Killorglin failed to capitalize while Killarney were down to 14 men. Killarney pushed hard and spent a lot of time in the Killorglin half, they earned a kickable penalty but opted for the corner. Killorgiln turned over the ball and that was the last time Killarney threatened the Killorglin line in the half. Killorglin put the first points on the board with a well kicked penalty by captain Luke O’Shea just outside the Killarney 22. O’Shea added another 3 points to the board with another penalty before Timmy Lynch was shown yellow and Killorglin were down to 14 men. Like Killarney had done earlier in the half Killorglin pushed for another score while they were down to 14 men. Killorglin earned a big turnover and penalty at the Killarney 10 meter line and O’Shea fancied his chances. An epic kick from the Killorglin captain saw them lead 9-0 heading into halftime.
Killorglin start the second half as they ended the first, with great intensity. A big tackle from Dáire O’Sullivan forces a Killarney knock on, Josh Morell pounced on the loose ball and got the ball to Darragh O’Shea who goes for a burst down the wing and executed a perfect grubber kick which lands into touch 5 meters from the Killarney try line. Killorglin stole the line out, Steven Cotter landed just short of the line but Timmy Lynch manages to get over in the corner for Killorglin’s first try of the game. Luke O’Shea’s conversion was excellent and he adds the extra’s bringing the score to 16-0 to Killorglin. Killorglin looked to be in the drivers seat before a skip pass was intercepted by Killarney who ran in under the posts and put themselves on the scoreboard. Killorglin 16 Killarney 7. Killarney nearly got in again a few minutes later with a well worked kick and chase, however Luke O’Shea got their just in time to kick the ball away. Killarney were awarded a penalty outside the Killorglin 22, the kick drifted just wide keeping the scoreline at 16-7 to Killorglin. Killarney were very much on the front foot but a huge turnover from veteran Andrew O’Reilly put us back on the front foot. Timmy Lynch blocked down a kick and Dáire O’Sullivan chased well and put his boot through the ball to put Killarney deep in their own half. Killarney looked to kick to clear their line, another block down forced the kick astray and Killarney picked up the ball from an offside position, penalty to Killorglin. O’Shea steps up as he has done all season and slots the kick, Killorglin 19-Killarney 7, a bit of breathing room, or so we thought. Killarney answered with a well worked try of their own after applying pressure they were rewarded. The conversion was well kicked bringing the scoreline to Killorglin 19 Killarney 14, a one score game. The next score was vital. Luke O’Shea put in a great kick deep into the Killarney half and gave Killarney a lineout on their own 5 meter line. Fionan O’Sullivan came up with an epic block down and Killarney were forced to ground the ball behind their try line, 5 meter scrum to Killorglin. Killorglin dominated the scrum and Killarney were penalised, Killorglin opted for another scrum. Killorglin pushed Killarney back, had good patience and were rewarded when Andrew O’Reilly picked off the back of the scrum and touched down. The conversion drifted just wide but it was enough to win the game. Final scoreline Killorglin 24 Killarney 14, redemption for last years final and a great display of Kerry Rugby.