The U16s played a Tralee-Listowel combination at O’Dowd Park on Sunday morning in good conditions for rugby. A much improved performance from the Killorglin side saw them dominate possession throughout the game but unfortunately fail to turn this in to scores, while the opposition were more clinical when chances presented themselves. Playing a controlled and measured game up front Killorglin had the better of breakdown and set piece thanks to an industrious performance from the pack with Ben O’Dwyer, Peadar Whelan, Donnachadh O’Connor and Adam Casey standing out. Tralee-Listowel however made the most of their opportunities and when a mishandled long range kick forced an attacking scrum on the Killorglin 5 meter line their eye-catching outside centre danced through the cover to break the deadlock just before half time and leave the score at 5-0. The home team managed to get some parity of possession in the second half and extended the lead to 12-0 courtesy of their forwards and from there on started to play the clock. Killorglin continued to have lots of ball but seemed to lack the cutting edge and precision to convert this to scores until Aona O’Shea broke from his own half to bring the play inside the home 22. A series of pick and goes from the pack drew multiple penalties and would have resulted in a penalty try if Killorglin man of the match Aona O’Shea had not managed to wriggle through the pile of bodies and dot down for the try. Final Score Tralee-Listowel 12 Killorglin 5.
Team: Joe Cronin Langham, Eoghan Joy, Killian Spillane, Donncha Crowley, Colin Griffin, Tom Garry, Aona OShea (c), Mike Teahan, Ben O’Dwyer, Peadar Whelan, Cathal Daly, Joe Final, Donnachadh O’Connor, Enda O’Shea, Adam Casey. Subs: Shane Moriarty, Kevin O’Callaghan, James Prendiville, Dylan McDonough, Cillian Riordan, Noah Diosee, Cathal Curran, Thomas Hilliard, Derry O’Sullivan.
Killorglin faced into the latest round of games with a much anticipated fixture against near neighbours Killarney.
The match was a good clean battle amongst two fine rugby teams. Killarney struck first with a penalty from Ciaran O’Brien. Shogie O’Sullivan soon cancelled that out with a penalty for the home team after 15 mins. Soon after though Killarney got into the Killorglin 22 capitalized on a rare defensive error to score under the posts. Ciaran O’Brien kicked the conversion and the score was 3 – 10. Before half time Killarney won one more penalty which they converted to lead by 10 at half time. The second half proved to be scoreless despite the effort of both teams who both played a good brand of rugby. The score however finished up at Killorglin 3 – Killarney 13. A great team performance despite the result in the end. Next game is against Tralee/Listowel in Listowel on 23rd November at 11.30 am