Galawegians paid their first visit to Cashel on Saturday last for round three of the All Ireland league and won 19-14.
After a wet week the weather was kind and conditions perfect for a game.
The game commenced at a hectic pace with Galwegians laying down a marker in the early exchanges. The Cashel defence held solid with Alan O’Donnell and Brian Silke putting in some crunching tackles.
On 6 minutes Galwegians were awarded a penalty which was missed. 6 minutes later they were awarded a 5 meter scrum but for some desperate defending would have scored. Darren McGrath made a good break and Cashel attacked at great pace. They were awarded a penalty but it was missed. The game was extremely competitive with both sides having chances yet the scores were not coming. First blood was drawn by Galwegians after 25 minutes when they won a penalty which they kicked to the corner. They mauled over the line and registered the first try of the match which they converted. Cashel attacked again but another penalty chance was narrowly missed. Darragh O’Brien found the range 2 minutes before half time to make the half time score Cashel 3 Galwegians 7. This about summed up the contest at that stage.
For Cashel, the imperative was a good start to the second half and the need to get on top at the collisions as they were losing ball at the breakdown. They did get the good start and straight away went on the offensive which resulted in a penalty which Darragh O’Brien converted. 4 minutes later a lineout call went against Cashel, Galwegians won the ball and scored a try. At 12 6 Cashel were still well in the game as Galwegians missed two kickable penalties. Then in the 58th minute after Galwegians retained the ball for a long period a tackle was missed and they scored a converted try under the posts. It was looking blue for Cashel at this stage and Galwegians were confident that they would get a bonus point win. Cashel responded to the position they were in, John Ed O’Connor got possession and made for the 22, he passed to Darren McGrath who made it to the line putting Darragh O’Brien in for a try. The conversion hit the post from the sideline but a losing bonus point was still on for Cashel. The opportunity came when Darragh O’Brien kicked a thirty five meter penalty in the 80th minute to make the final score Cashel 14 Galwegians 19. It was a competitive game which on the run of play Galwegians just about deserved to win. Cashel had their chances but the only consolation was a losing bonus point. It has been a tough start to the league for Cashel but the talent is there and the show goes on with a game against Highfield on Saturday next in the fourth round in Cork.
Cashel: J. Maxwell, R Foote, D Lambe, B Cross, S Walsh, J McSwiney, J E O’Connor, E Leamy, D McGrath, J Ruru, K Leamy, A O’Donnell, B Silke, D O’Brien, P O’Connor, H Stanley, N Fitzgerald, M Hickey, A Kelleher, K Gleeson.