Clonmel Ladies played Galbally in a blustery Ardgeeha on Sunday last in a thrilling Munster plate final. Conditions made handling difficult, but Clonmel’s experience showed with scrum half Clara Bracken making a break at pace to release the back line. It was winger Marie Kelly, who sprinted clear to touch down for an unconverted try.
Clonmel continued to enjoy the majority of territory and possession with outhalf Bronagh O’Donovan using the strong wind to keep the opposition pined back in their own half. It was the turn of the forwards next to add to the score, with lock Laura Healy crashing over in the corner to put the score at 10-0.
Poor discipline from Clonmel let Galbally back into the game. A run of madness by the home team saw them give away five penalties in a row and gifted Galbally a try. Centre Nicola Scully replied with two well struck penalties, to bring the score to 16-5. With twenty minutes on the clock, Galbally struck back with a converted try, to narrow the score to 16-12.
It was a tense last quarter, with both sides squandering opportunities. It was Clonmel’s experience that won out on the day, defending strongly, to finish out the game deserved winners.
Clonmel continue good run in the Gleeson Cup
Clonmel 2nd XV played Fethard on Sunday last in the Gleeson Cup. Fethard went in front with penalty after 5min. In fact Fethard were the better team in opening 10 minutes. It was only then that Clonmel started to get into game and were rewarded with try after 15 minutes by Gerry Purcell at scrum half. The try came from a Fethard scrum on their 22 were. The Clonmel pack pushed Fethard off the ball and Purcell pounced to score.
Clonmel scored again after 25 minutes when Morgan Ryan went over for a fine try. The try was converted by Davy Hoyne at outhalf. Fethard scored a penalty after 30 min. Fethard, with wind at their backs threw everything at Clonmel for remainder of the half but Clonmel’s defence was excellent and they rebuffed the onslaught.
Clonmel were the stronger side in the second half with Davy Hoyne capitalising on the good possession to score from a penalty after 50 minutes. Clonmel had another try where Paddy Long, at full back put Red Lonergan throughafter a solid Clonmel scrum. In the 70th minute Clonmel finished the game with another try from big John Long, a welcome return from a long, niggling injury. Davy Hoyne duly converted to leave the final score Clonmel 27, Fethard 6.
U19s have great win over Young Munster
Clonmel travelled to Young Munster knowing that only a win would guarantee safe passage past the groups stages. From the kick off Clonmel proceeded to attack Young Munster line. Quick ball from good rucking allowed Clonmel’s back line to attack out wide. But a solid defence prevented Clonmel from crossing the line.
The scrummaging showed exactly how much pressure Clonmel put on the Young Munster scrum. Huge work from the front row of Brendan Lalor, Darragh Tobin and Micheal O’Donnell helped by Ronan Deegan and Bobby Landers in the second row, had Young Munster moving backwards most of the time.
The first score came from a loose kick that was snatched upon by Cormac Rea who showed great soccer skills to kick ahead, collect and score the try. From the restart which was dealt with much better than previous games, Clonmel piled more pressure on Young Munster. A clever kick from Cormac Condon pinned Young Munster back into their corner. Pressure from Tony Cantwell resulted in a knock on and a scrum to a dominant Clonmel pack. Jaco put in and collected at the back and danced around defenders to score under the posts. Cormac Condon added the extras making the half time score 12-0.
At the start of the second half Young Munster applied pressure and scored a well worked try from a back line move that breached the Clonmel defensive line. Luke Hogan and Ben Dunford rallied the troops under the posts. Clonmel’s dominant scrum was having its effects as the game went to uncontested scrums much to the annoyance of the Clonmel front row.
Surging runs from Bobby Landers and Jack Doyle allowed Clonmel to get behind Young Munster and create space for the backs who set Brian Condon free to score another try. At 17-7, Clonmel were still not close to full flight with Cian Mackey making tackle after tackle. A huge rampaging run from Bobby Landers saw him burst several tackles but alas Bobby got lost over the try line and stepped over the dead ball line..
The last score of the game came from a jinking run from Adam O’Dwyer who scored under the posts. The final score, 24-7.
Training Friday night 6.15 till 8. Possible ¼ final v Shannon at the weekend.
U17 Development League -- Clonmel 24 Fethard 11
On Sunday Clonmel played Fethard in Ardgeeha in the U17 Development League. A penalty after 6 minutes gave Fethard a 3-0 lead. Clonmel replied well playing against the elements. Some good lineout play by the pack gave the home side possession in the Fethard 22’. Quick ball by scrum half Alex Sheehan to outhalf Darren Cass released centre Shaun O’Donoghue, who made a surging run to score a try by the posts. Cass kicked the conversion to put Clonmel 7-3 ahead.
The resulting restart was not controlled by Clonmel, allowing Fethard to attack in the home side’s 22’. Another infringement saw Fethard kick a second penalty to reduce the score to 7-6.
In the second half Clonmel used the wind to their advantage. The forwards began to get the upper hand and following some strong rucking Padraig Keating crashed over for Clonmel’s second try. Stephen Carey and Darragh Foley were causing Fethard a lot of trouble in the lineout denying them clean possession. Conor Tobin, Ciaran Brady and Aiden Rea looked threatening in the backs every time they got the ball. Dylan Cadogan was solid as ever at full back. Indeed, following a neat inside pass from Cadogan, O’ Donoghue raced in to score his second try of the day. Cass kicked the conversion to put Clonmel 19-6 ahead.
As the half wore on, Clonmel maintained the pressure with backs and forwards combining well. Some good interplay saw Darragh Foley crash over in the corner for Clonmel’s fourth try. By now the Clonmel bench was emptied to give everyone a run. Fethard grabbed a late try to leave the final score 24-11
Next league game is away to Thurles next Sunday. Training continues on Wednesday and Friday at 7pm.