Weekend Match Reports February 24th, 2019
Round 5 of the pan Munster saw Killorglin / Killarney travel to Muskerry RFC on Sunday 24th Feb. The home team got off to the best start with two tries after 10 mins and led 12 – 0. The Kerry team improved though and put on a lot of pressure but were unable to get a try before half time. 12-0 was the scoreline at half time to Muskerry. Muskerry struck early in the half again to make sure Killorglin/Killarney had to chase the game against the wind. They then lost captain Jack Coffey to injury as pressure mounted. Despite the Kerry men trying their best to get a score it wasn’t to be and after conceding two more tries they were eventual losers 29-0.
Killorglin were the first to draw blood in the Martin O’sullivan Cup Final, with a great team try in the corner in which Neil O’Shea did very well to touch down. His brother Luke O’shea added the extras with an excellent conversion from the touch line. Killarney quickly answered with a penalty of their own followed quickly by their first try of the day which was converted, to bring the scoreline to 10-7 in favour of Killarney. Both teams huffed and puffed but neither could add any more points to the scoreboard before halftime.
The second half saw Killarney start better with a good try in the corner after some heroic Killorglin defending, the conversion drifted wide to put the scoreline at 15-10 to Killarney. Killarney then saw a their scrum half Paul O’Sullivan sent to the sin bin for a neck roll. With the extra man Killorglin took advantage, after some good play up the middle Luke O’Shea got the ball to Kevin Courtney on the wing who used great speed and strength to dot down just inside the touchline. Luke O’Shea added the extras with a fantastic conversion. Killorglin now trailed by a point 15-14 with 15 minutes to go. Killorglin then saw Rodi Healy sent to the sin bin, Killarney took advantage and after a good break up the middle they swung the ball wide and got over for their 3rd try in the corner, this try was also left unconverted, 20-14 to Killarney. Killorglin marched up the pitch and then a 3rd yellow card was shown this time to Killarney. With only 4 minutes remaining Killorglin had to push for the try and while they piled on the pressure they eventually ran out of time leaving Killarney the winners. It was an excellent game, full of action and excitement, a great display of Kerry rugby
Neil O’Shea x 1
Kevin Courtney x 1
Luke O’Shea x 2