Weekend Match Reports February 16th & 17th 2019
The U16s finish top of Group 1 in the Muster Bowl competition following a win against Newcastlewest-Estuary in Cromane on Saturday. The visiting team playing with the aid of strong wind had the best of possession and territory for the opening fifteen minutes but the home defense remained strong and kept them scoreless. From then on the Killorglin pack started to put some phases together and first visit to the Newcastlewest 22 led to the opening score when Conall Whelan showed good strength to score from a tapped penalty. The second score came quickly after with JP Courtney getting in for a try after a series of pick and goes. The backs almost added another when a promising counterattack by Joe Cronin-Langham was bundled into touch just short of the line. Half time score 12-0.
Newcastlewest came out fighting in the second half and were rewarded with a penalty try after what was judged to be a high tackle on the Killorglin line and the home team were shown a yellow card. Killorglin rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in at the breakdown. Good ball retention and some strong counter-rucking, especially from Jack O’Leary, Peadar Whelan and Rudy Glinwood forced turnovers and mistakes. James Byrne ran in for a well taken try from a turnover, and Ruari Dorrian showed his pace to win the chase from a kick ahead to dot down for another. Not getting much from carrying the visitors tried a couple of kicks but Daragh Mangan dealt with these well and on each occasion ran the ball deep into the opposition half. The final score came when Conall Whelan drew the defence with some strong carrying and threw a pass out of the tackle to set up Dorrian for his second try.
Final score Killorglin 29 Newcastlewest-Estuary 7
Try scorers: Conall Whelan, JP Courtney, James Byrne, Ruari Dorrian (2). James Byrne 2 x cons.
Team: Joe Cronin Langham, Fergal O’Shea, Darragh Mangan, Donncha Crowley, Ruari Dorrian, James Byrne (c) Aona O’Shea, Jack OLeary. Peadar Whelan, Rudy Glinwood, Cathal Daly, JP Courtney, James Prendiville, Jack O’Brien, Conall Whelan. Subs: Mike Teahan, Kevin O’Callaghan, Dylan McDonough
Killorglin/Killarney hosted Ennis Red in their 4th round game of the Munster U18.5 plate on Saturday 16th February. The home team started better and moved the ball well up the field with some good play between backs and forwards. After 10 mins Cormac Doyle took a good line and ran in a try under the posts for Killorglin’s first try. Shogie O’Sullivan converted. Ennis Red came back up the field after the kick off and it only took them 5 minutes to get in the score sheet with a penalty from 22 mts out in front of the posts. 7 – 3 to the hosts. Both teams huffed and puffed with Ennis pushing hard but Killorglin held out and got up the park to put pressure on again. They left it until the last minute of the half until Craig Mckenzie-Vass carried well and passed to Jamie O’Leary who beat the defense with good pace to score in the left corner. The conversion was on the touch line against the strong wind, the good effort from O’Sullivan went just wide. Killorglin/Killarney lead at the break 12-3.
Killorglin traveled to Ennis for their final game of the Munster Division 1 J3 season. A do or die game for the men from puck with a playoff spot on the line. It was a very close game in which Ennis came out the 27-17 winners. Ennis scored their last try in the final minute of the game to seal the victory.
Fionan O’Sullivan x 1
Darragh O’Shea x 1
Luke O’Shea x 2
Luke O’Shea x 1