Weekend Match Reports Sunday February 10th 2019
The U16s away fixture to St Senan’s on Sunday was a straight shoot out for top spot in Munster Bowl Group 1. Reports suggested the home team had a fast and skillful back division so the game plan was to keep it tight and hold on to possession. Killorglin started well claiming the kickoff and marching patiently up the field through about 15 phases before Rudy Glinwood crashed over for the opening try. A handling error from Killorglin allowed St Senan’s to gather the restart and they brought play into the Killorglin 22 before James Byrne took a chance, picked off the intercept and ran the length of the field to touch down under the posts, much to the delight of the small but vocal band of travelling support. Conall Whelan tacked on another Killorglin try after good build up play from the pack. The home team battled hard and looked dangerous when in possession, but the game effectively ended as a contest when St Senan’s received a red card reducing them to 14 toward the end of the first half. Darragh Mangan added another try before the break. Killorglin continued to dominate in the second half, holding possession and running in four more tries. This was the best performance of the season so far from the U16s, with all 15 of the players who travelled doing their bit. Special credit goes to the tight five for bossing set piece and breakdown throughout. Half back pairing Aona O’Shea and James Byrne controlled things well and Conall Whelan and Darragh Mangan put in big displays of hard and direct carrying. Wingers Fergal O’Shea and Derry O’Sullivan slammed the door shut whenever the home team’s wide play looked threatening. The final group fixture will be Newcastlewest-Estuary at Ballymalis on Saturday. A Killorglin win or a draw will guarantee top spot in the group and a home quarter final.
Final score St Senan’s 0 Killorglin 46. Try scorers: Rudy Glinwood, Jack O’Leary, Conall Whelan, James Byrne, Derry O’Sullivan, Darragh Mangan, Donncha Crowley. James Byrne 3 x cons.
Team: Joe Cronin Langham, Fergal O’Shea, Darragh Mangan, Donncha Crowley, Derry OSullivan, James Byrne (c) Aona O’Shea, Jack OLeary. Peadar Whelan, Rudy Glinwood, Cathal Daly, JP Courtney, James Prendiville, Jack O’Brien, Conall Whelan.
On 10th February Killorglin/Killarney traveled to Coonagh in Limerick to play Shannon/St Mary’s. The travelling team played quite well in difficult conditions and were under pressure for most of the first half but they defended superbly to keep the home side out. the Kerry men withstood chips, kicks, crashes and switches but the home team couldn’t get in. Shannon/St Mary’s had two kicks at goal from penalties missing both. Then a stroke of luck and a bad call lead to Shannon/St Mary’s getting in for the only try of the half. Killorglin should have had a scrum for a knock on but the ref gave a lineout which led to a 5 pointer. 5-0 at the half