Kilfeacle beat Our Lady’s Boys Club from Galway 30-14 in the All Ireland Cup on Saturday.
The hunger and desire amongst the ‘Boys in Blue’ was palpable. It was obvious from the kick off in the manner in which Jonathan Corcoran claimed the ball without regard for his own safety. He secured possession but in doing so suffered damage to his back and ribs which meant his performance in this epic contest had prematurely ended and understudy Josh Featherstone was called into action.
Johnathan had fallen in battle bravely flying the Kilfeacle battle standard but it did not stay lying on the ground and on the day it was picked up immediately by (the ever retiring) Alan O’Mahony, who was to play the staring role in this performance.
He rallied the troops around him and each and everyone of them, to a man, answered his call to battle. Dave Prior had a try for the home side under the posts for seven-nil with 12 minutes gone.
Finally in the 32nd minute Kilfeacle took centre stage and Gavin Hueston kicked a penalty to make it 7-3. This score spurred Kilfeacle into action and started using space well against the Boys Club backline and Brian Nugent crossed the tryline on our fourth attempt, 11 metres in from left hand touch. The conversion kick was to leave it 8-7 at the break.
With three minutes of the second half gone Kilfeacle are up by four with a 38m penalty and we remain hot on attack. With sixteen minutes gone in the half and Kilfeacle performing well as a unit, the visitors use width again and yet again Brian Nugent joins the line to create an overlap and goes over for his and our second try 15m in from the right touch.
Much to Gavin Hueston’s dismay 16-7 stays unchanged, as the conversion attempt is drawn away left. Halfway through the second half and O.L.B.C. were nine points off the pace. O.L.B.C.’s defence was holding strong but were getting too much practice tackling. There was twenty seven minutes gone in the half when Diarmaid Carr scythes through four tackles from thirty five metres out to play a captain’s role and score a well deserved try. Gavin Hueston’s kick is good and with thirteen minutes left it’s 23-7. On the half hour mark it is 23-15 courtesy of a Donncha Carey clearance, caught on the run by Mulligan 45m out in full stride, Our Lady’s Boys Club are back in the game and can see a glimmer of light. That glimmer of light disappears when Cormac O’Donoghue slams the door shut by waltzing through midfield to score under the posts. Gavin Hueston has his easiest kick of the day to finish the scoring at 30-14 and seal the victory.