Weekend Match Reports October 26th & 27th 2019
A slow start and some sloppy tackling gifted visitors Killarney a 0-10 lead within as many minutes in the U16s game last Saturday at Ballymalis and ultimately cost the result. When the home team finally decided to play they put together some decent rugby and had the better of the remaining game. The first Killorglin score came from a scrum turnover with no. 8 Adam Casey carrying hard and quick recycling to Donncha Crowley in the centre to touch down. 5-10 at half time. In the second half Killarney extended their lead with a good converted try but Killorglin worked their way down field with some strong carrying by the pack and then swung the ball from the left touchline across for Tom Garry to throw a long pass and put Eoghan Joy in in the right corner. Garry’s conversion left it game on at 17-12. Killorglin piled on the pressure and another fine scrum for Killorglin against the head made for an exciting finish as the home team worked up the field in search of the win, but it was not to be as a knock on led to Killarney taking possession and quickly kicking the ball dead to finish the game.
Team: Joe Cronin Langham, Noah Diosee, Donnachadh O’Connor, Donncha Crowley, Killian Spillane, Tom Garry, Aona OShea (c), Mike Teahan, Peadar Whelan, Dylan McDonough, James Prendeville, Cathal Daly, Enda O’Shea, Ben O’Dwyer, Adam Casey. Subs:, Shane Moriarty, Adrian Johnston, Joe Final, Cillian Riordan, Eoghan Joy, Colin Griffin, Thomas Hilliard.
Killorglin welcomed Newcastlewest in the Pan Munster on Saturday 26th and despite an excellent performance were defeated 22 – 3. The home team performed very well in the first half and despite conceding a try after 20 mins out wide they stayed in the game with a good penalty from Jack Evans. Newcastlewest pulled away late in the second half scoring 3 more tries, one of which was from a cross field kick showing in excellent skills in its execution. Killorglin were hamstrung in only having 14 men and no fresh legs bring in for relief. A good performance from all despite the result
Munster Junior League Division 3
Killorglin 31 Waterford 9
The match was played in good conditions. Waterford started very strongly and applying a lot of pressure scored two penalties to lead by 6 points after 20 minutes. Killorglin registered their first score with a penalty through Luke O’Shea after 30 minutes to narrow the gap. Following a great break by Josh Morell, John Michael Cronin O’Reilly scored a try converted by Luke O’Shea to give the home team a 10 – 6 lead at half time. Shortly after half time Killorglin scored under the posts following quality line out ball, a great backs move with a strong break by Seamus Doyle who passed close to the line for Josh Morell to score and conversion by Luke O’Shea. Indiscipline then got the better of Killorglin, Timmy Lynch was shown yellow for illegal play in a maul, 7 minutes later George Evans was shown yellow for repeated team infractions. During Killorglin’s time in the bin Waterford scored a penalty to close the gap to 17 -9. Killorglin scored two great tries in the closing minutes. Firstly, Andrew O’Reilly gathered an untidy ball out of a scrum superbly to break up field. Seamus Doyle successfully evaded a last ditch tackle to sprint 40 metres to score and again successfully converted by Luke O’Shea. In the last play of the game Killorglin attacked very strongly to break the defensive line. Josh Morell burst through for the 10 metre line eluding the defense to touch down under the posts with final conversion success by Luke O’Shea. The final score of 31 – 9 delivered a bonus point victory for Killorglin and didn’t quite reflect what was a huge effort by both sides playing rugby to the best of their ability. The Killorglin performance again stepped up on previous efforts having to adapt to a very strong pack. The efforts by every member of the squad paid off and tribute must be paid to all 25 who through their work from warm up, training and continuous practice delivered the performance and result. No room for complacency at all though as another huge challenge ahead with away league match v Youghal next Sunday. Thanks to all the supporters and encourage all to travel to support the squad next week.