Weekend Report November 26th & 27th 2016
U8’s, U10’s & U12’s
On Saturday November 26 the U8’s, U10’s and U12’s traveled to to play a blitz with the hosts Chorca Dhuibhne and Tralee also taking part. The U8’s played some great rugby, their defense was excellent, they also scored some great tries. The U10’s played Tralee first and drew a great game, they played Chorca Dhuibhne in their second game and lost narrowly. Special mention goes to Aaron who scored some wonderful long range tries. The U12’s played 3 games, winning twice and losing narrowly in the third game. They played some serious rugby and all the spectators commented on their great teamwork. They put together some really good phases of rugby. Try scorers on the day included Callum, Liam, Gerry and Gearoid. Finally thanks to our hosts who looked after all the players and coaches extremely well, nobody went home hungry!
Killorglin traveled to Charleville on Saturday 26th November in seventh league match of the season. This promised to be a stern test for us and this was immediately confirmed as Killorglin found themselves pinned back deep in their 22 for the first 15 minutes. Charleville got through on one occasion and looked set to score only for Rory Williams to tackle his man into the dead ball area for a 22 m drop out. Strong tackling, mauling and organization saw the line held. Killorglin worked their way up the field with strong forward carries and following several attacking movements Ruadhan O’Sullivan touched down on the right hand side with Jim Sugrue adding the points for a seven point lead which was how the game stood at half time.
Killorglin dominated the opening part of the second half but were rocked back by a good breakaway try in the corner for Charleville to narrow score to 7 – 5. Killorglin kept pressing and were dominating scrum and line out leading to a try finished on the left by Conchubhair Guiney again converted by Jim Sugrue. Charleville were awarded a series of penalties culminating in one in front of the posts which was scored to narrow gap to 14 – 8. The ensuing restart was dropped 10.5 metres perfectly by Jim Sugrue. The Killorglin pack thundered in, mauling Charleville back to their 22 and securing the scrum put in. From this the ball traveled left and right in a great passage of play before Conchubhair Guiney came back on the angle beating 3 men to touch down and a 21 – 8 lead with 10 minutes to play. Charleville kept playing and scored a breakaway try in last few minutes to narrow the final score to 21 -15.
This was a tremendous win on the road founded on strong defense, good organization and excellent teamwork. Next week sees our final league game at home against the table topping and unbeaten Kanturk. Come along to make home advantage tell and see our under U18’s strive to make it a great conclusion to phase 1 of this league.
Sunday November 27th saw the second visit of Douglas/Carrigaline to Ballymalis in as many weeks. This time around it was round 5 of the Munster J1 Division 3 with Killorglin looking to stay ahead of the pack. In what proved to be a tight affair the home team came out victorious 17 – 13.
Killorglin started by playing most of the rugby and took ten minutes before they got on the score sheet. Some excellent play with ball in hand from the home team put the ball through the hands of forwards and backs got space for Cathal Doyle out wide on the left and an excellent finish got him in under the posts. Luke O’Shea converted for a 7-0 lead. A second try followed almost 10 minutes later when some good line out and maul play got Killorglin down into the opposition 22. After some good phases of play captain Tony Lynch got over from close range for a well deserved try. O’Shea kicked a fine conversion for a 14 point lead. Killorglin should really have pushed on from here but some thoughtless penalties got Douglas/Carrigaline into the game and they finally started to play rugby. Killorglin conceded field position through indiscipline and Douglas kept it tight pushing for the try. They made it over the line but good defense held them up and scrum 5 meters was awarded. Douglas had been getting good ground in the scrum up until now but Killorglin finally found their feet and stepped up to the challenge. The Cork men kept the pressure up until the half but two penalties was all they could muster even though Luke O’Shea had been sin binned for slapping down a pass 5 minutes before half time. 14-6 at the break
After the break Killorglin started well but couldn’t extend the lead. Douglas/Carrigaline hit back well and the game moved up and down the pitch with some big hits going in from both sides. Killorglin earned a penalty after 18 mins in the second half and O’Shea converted for a 17 – 6 lead. Douglas kept up the pressure however and with nine minutes to go they got over in the corner which they converted to bring the score to 17 – 13. Killorglin held out for the win which was hard fought considering they had been down to 14 men twice in the second half with Rodi Healy and Timmy Lynch receiving yellow cards.
It was tough game well fought by both teams and overall Killorglin will be glad with the win and stay top. The Seniors are out again on Sunday 4th December in Bantry for the last league game of the calendar year.