On Sunday Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. beat Kinsale 49-10 in the fifth round of the Munster Junior Cup in Morrissey Park.
Early dominance was reflected on the scoreboard by a try scored by Charles Walsh and converted by Gavin Heuston from just outside the twenty-two and a tight angle after six minutes. Kinsale were still reeling from this blow when in the 15th minute Shane Morrissey finished a fine move involving Bernard Callaghan, JJ Cooney and Ger Luby. Heuston converted leaving the score 14-0.
Kilfeacle’s pack of Simon Barry, Stephen Flood, James Mullane, Sean McGrath, Diarmuid O’Donnell, Keith Kearns, Ger Luby (Captain), John Doyle, Jack Sullivan, Cormac O’Donoghue, James Ryan (Salmon) and Alan O’Mahony were now on top and providing great possession for the backs who in the form of Kilfeacle now enjoyed a spell of concerted pressure and the backs, J.J. Cooney, Gavin Heuston, Wallace Burke, Diarmuid Carr, Pat Ryan, Charles Walsh, Shane Morrissey and Bernard Callaghan looked dangerous every time they got the ball.
There were try scoring opportunities that were spurned by last ditch tackling and unforced errors and the home supporters began to wonder if their team would be made pay for what seemed to be complacency.
After twenty nine minutes Joe Lyons scored a try for Kinsale which they were unlucky not to convert to get their first points on the board. This is when you need your senior players like Stephen Flood (Vice Captain) and Ger Luby (Captain). Kilfeacle have the experience to match and at times rein in the naivety and inexperience of this very young squad in the shape of Stephen and Ger, who without mincing their words reminded their teammates of the task at hand.
It was time that leadership and teamwork were needed on the pitch and after some concerted effort and harsh words from the sideline, the players did build a platform for themselves and seemed more focused, the team displayed a definite improvement, as we neared the end of the second quarter, which was reflected through territorial dominance for this period.
This dominance on the pitch was reflected on the scoreboard when Diarmuid Carr scored under the posts and Gavin Heuston converted. It seemed as if Kilfeacle had stopped the rot and were starting once again to stamp their authority on the game. With the first half drawing to a close and Kilfeacle camped in the Kinsale 22, Kilfeacle built up numerous scoring chances and in the final play of the half Jack O’Sullivan went on one of his trade mark runs to elude several tackles and score under the posts. Gavin Heuston’s conversion kick was the final score of the half as the halftime whistle sounded with the scoreboard reading 28-5.
Whatever was said to the Kilfeacle squad during the halftime interval worked and the team started the second half with renewed gusto and the first twenty minutes saw them camped in the opponents 22 in try scoring form. In the second minute Charles Walsh scored his second and Kilfeacle and District’s fifth try after some great fielding and attacking play by Pat Ryan. Heuston converted and Kilfeacle were in cruise mode.
Bernard Callaghan scored another try after a fine scrum and interlinking play between backs and forwards during which Cormac O’Donoghue set JJ Cooney free to release Heuston who broke two tackles before giving the ball to the on rushing Bernard Callaghan. Heuston converted.
Kinsale were like a wounded cornered animal and by this stage all they had to play for was pride and in the thirtieth minute they deservedly scored a try when Stephen Coleman went over in the corner. The conversion attempt fell just short. Kilfeacle were once more offended by this score and commenced to lay siege on the Kinsale try line. Kinsale stood firm until another fine move from the backs saw Pat Ryan enter the line at speed and finish off an excellent team effort. Wallace Burke converted to complete the scorinig.
This was a good victory for the team but at a cost as some of our first choice players went off with bad injuries, in particular Gavin Heuston who was performing very well at number 10. Luckily on the day we had substitutes of quality which were able to fill the gap and take their place in the team seamlessly. Squad players now know that the coaches and selectors will remain loyal to the players who have played well for the team over the last four or five matches and these will start in the next game but these starting players know that once the whistle blows the only thing that will keep them on the pitch is their performance and the bench holds plenty of talent chomping at the bit for their chance.
Our next game is to be confirmed and at time of printing the committee are hoping to play the Garryowen Cup Final against Nenagh Ormond RFC next week. The game promises to be a mouth-watering tie and Nenagh have been installed as favourites.
Yet it is a Final and only one game and as ever Kilfeacle and District will do their very best to bring the Cup back to Morrissey Park, so please come and lend your support to the team from the Hill, the Boys in Blue.
Congratulations to Jamie Heuston.
Everyone in Kilfeacle would like to congratulate Jamie Heuston after the Castletroy College team booked their place in the Munster Schools Junior Cup final thanks to a thrilling 7-3 win over Ardscoil Ris. We wish him and his team all the best in their upcoming final.