St Senan’s 21
Maybe it was the bank holiday weekend, but whatever it was Clonmel RFC travelled to Shannon with a much under strength side to play St. Senans in the Munster Challenge Cup.
But even so, Clonmel had their chances and probably should have won this contest. After only four minutes, Clonmel’s indiscipline yielded a penalty to Senans which their outhalf, Philip Noone, duly converted.
It took Clonmel all of twelve minutes to get on the score board, a well stuck penalty from Conor Cooney. And then from the kick-off Clonmel gathered and the best two minutes of the day for the Clonmel backs ensued with Paul Denn chasing down the wing to go over for a try. Cooney converted and Clonmel led 10-3.
As if they had the game won, Clonmel took the foot off the pedal and a combination of poor ball handling and lapses in concentration Clonmel handed a simple, easy try to Senans’ centre Eamon O’Donoghoe. Senans will never see an easier try and conversion again.
Clonmel were at sixes and sevens for the remainder of the first half, and more indiscipline handed the advantage to Senans with Noone scoring from another two penalty shots to bring the half-time score to 16-6.
The contest was tough, but by no means foul in play. But yet the referee saw fit to hand out four yellow cards, two to each side, on either side of half-time. The second half of the game was typical, old fashioned rugby with neither side giving way.
Clonmel had two chances in the second half of possibly getting a converted try. But on these two occasions, the wrong decisions were made with the result the team’s effort went unrewarded. In the dying seconds of the game St Senans’ winger, John McNamara, broke loose to score the last score of the game. St Senansn ow move into the quarter finals of the Munster Challenge Cup.
On Saturday evening Clonmel 2nd XV travelled to Kilfeacle to play in the Gleeson League. Unfortunately some of the heroes of the previous game did not do themselves, nor the club, proud in this contest and instead of controlling the game when they were ahead, they lost 23-18.
All Weather Pitches
Clonmel RFC has re-launched its state of the art All Weather Pitch. Sportslawn Ireland have installed a FIFA 2 star VT60 product that meets the necessary performance requirements for top level football.
The pitches are also now fully enclosed with overhead and side netting.
Bookings are now being taken on 087-3724394 and at office @clonmelrfc.com
So please come along and enjoy this wonderful modern facility
1st XV play Crosshaven in the Munster Junior League in Crosshaven on Sunday at 2.30pm
2nd XV play Clanwilliam in the Gleeson League in Clonmel on Saturday evening at 7.30pm.