Weekend Report October 15th, 2016
Killorglin U14s took on Castleisland in their season opener in the sunshine at Ballymalis on Saturday. This is a young squad with 11 of our starters playing their first game of 15 a side on a full pitch. The game opened brightly with Killorglin matching Castleisland up front for the first ten minutes or so and some good individual play, but after that the visiting team exposed weaknesses in Killorglin’s defence out wide to score a series of unconverted tries and go 0 – 15 up at half time. In the second half Killorglin’s shape improved and sustained pressure brought a try scored by Conall Whelan under the posts. The only other score of a good second half was when Castleisland scored another to leave the final score Killorglin 5 Castleisland 20. Eye catching performances from Killorglin on the day came from Jack O’Brien, Aona O’Shea, Donnacha Crowley, Shane O’Connor and Conall Whelan. In general the team has lots of promise and lots to work on. Next up away to Corca Dhuibhne on Saturday October 22nd.
On a fabulous sunshine morning Killorglin RFC U16’s hosted Tralee RFC in what were perfect conditions for a game of rugby. It was a well matched game & although it did take our boys a while to get into their stride they managed to bring it to Tralee in the second half. Much work to be done on the training park before our game away to Kenturk RFCnext Saturday. Final score Killorglin RFC 12 – 43 Tralee RFC.
Munster Under 18 Conference 4 Killorglin v Mallow 15.10.2016
Killorglin hosted Mallow on Saturday 8th October in second league match of the season. Both teams had lost their opening games so an improvement was being sought on both sides. Mallow kicked off and though they retained the ball well in opening minutes Killorglin struggled to get out of their half. Mallow had the upper hand territorially but couldn’t score. Killorglin mounted an excellent attack on the left hand side that ended in a home knock on. However, the referee went back for a penalty advantage just inside the Mallow 10 metre line. Jim Sugrue bisected the posts for the lead. Mallow returned to the attack, repeatedly pressing close to the Killorglin line but were repelled by excellent tackling. They did have two penalty kicks but both were wide. In the closing minutes of the half Killorglin regained the upper hand and touched down twice, Daire O’Sullivan dispossessed the scrum half but was adjudged held up. A sweeping back move saw touch down in left corner disallowed with the call being a forward pass. So the half ended with the narrowest lead of 3 – 0 for Killorglin.
The second half saw Killorglin start the better. They mixed the play quite well. From a lineout in the Mallow half the Killorglin pack recycled the ball with strong carries around the fringes gaining 4 – 5 metres with each carry. 5 metres from the Mallow line on the right hand side the ball was spun back to the backs. Darragh O’Shea picked a good line and ably supported by his centre partner Ruadhan O’Sullivan drove his way over just beside the posts. Jim Sugrue added the conversion for a 10 – 0 lead and the upper hand. While Killorglin dominated the next 10 minutes they couldn’t create a scoring opportunity except for a penalty attempt by Jim Sugrue which unluckily struck the post. Mallow kept their heads up and dominated much of the remainder of the game which was extremely disrupted by injury and other delays. They scored two tries but couldn’t convert either and the final whistle blew leaving level scores of 10- 10. A much improved display by Killorglin but still room for improvements that will be addressed in training this week.