Kilfeacle too strong for Skibb’

Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. 29

Kilfeacle and District R.F.C. 29

Skibbereen R.F.C. 17

Kilfeacle started well and in the 7th minute some fine work from James Mullane, James Ryan, Simon Barry and Sean Leahy saw Jack Sullivan gain some vital yards before he set up Pakie Burke to score a try in the corner which Shane Luby narrowly missed. With 25 minutes of the half gone Kilfeacle had restricted the visiting side to very few chances while all the time looking very dangerous themselves. Then in the 26th minute a promising attack by Kilfeacle led to the Skibbereen defence, which previously had been in miserly form, giving away to an excellently worked try touched down by James Nolan after some very fine work up front from Shane Casey, Ian Byrnes and Ger Luby. When Shane Luby converted from a very acute angle it seemed that Kilfeacle’s territorial dominance was starting to pay off. With the half drawing to a close Kilfeacle seemed content to hold their opponents but an excellent break out of defence saw Skibbereen surge into the Kilfeacle 22, to be stopped just yards from the line. When the attack broke down everyone present saw Skibbereen claim the ball and go through numerous phases of play ending with Sean O’Neill going over the try line in the corner. The travelling supporters’ joy was obvious but this try was not converted and the half time whistle sounded with the scoreboard showing 12-5 to Kilfeacle and District.

From the restart, Kilfeacle gained territorial advantage and within minutes were further ahead after a superb drive from all the pack saw Ian Byrnes touch the ball down. Luby saw his conversion come back off the post. Skibbereen went to strike back immediately and the home side were now under extreme pressure and needed to defend well however in the 8th minute of the second half Matt Darby scored a try for Skibbereen and David Shannon converted, 17 points to 12 in Kilfeacle’s favour.

In the 64th minute Kilfeacle were awarded a scrum in their own 22. The ball was fed quickly through the hands of Aidan Long, Aidan Noonan and Mark Hanly, so when Jack Sullivan received the ball he was closer to his own goal line than the 22. He then went on to run the full length of the pitch to score a superb try to much acclaim from his team mates and from the home supporters. Luby’s conversion attempt was from too tight an angle. Kilfeacle brought on Alan O’Mahony, Cormac Ryan and Tom Costello to give the team a new impetus and this they did. In the 70th minute Charles Walshe capped a fine personal display when he intercepted a pass in his own 22 and raced the length of the pitch unchallenged to score under the posts and give Luby a conversion attempt that he couldn’t miss. Skibbereen to their credit never gave up and with the last attack of the game scored a consolation try which they were unlucky not to convert.

Our next game is a home Munster Junior Cup Quarter Final game, against one of the competition’s favourites UCC on Sunday, March 13 in Morrissey Park at 2.30pm.

Kilfeacle Under 19s perform well.

Sunday’s Well RFC 7

Kilfeacle and District RFC 17

A well-deserved win with tries by Ivan Mullins and Sean Compton, with JJ Cooney scoring a penalty and a conversion. This now sets up a quarter final against Crosshaven on Sunday 13th in Morrissey Park at 1.00pm.

Kilfeacle Under 17s win against Bruff.

Bruff RFC 12 Kilfeacle 13

The team were deservedly 8-0 up at halftime and showed fantastic heart and belief in their performance as a unit. The scores came off a lineout move finished by Oisín O’Meara and a penalty kick from Jake O’Halloran. In the second half Bruff brought it back to 8-7 before Brian Roche finished a fine move by the backs to increase Kilfeacle’s lead to 6 points. The last play of the game saw Bruff score a try in the corner to leave them with a difficult conversion attempt to win, which they were unable to take.Under 12’s continue good form.

Under 12s win in Limerick

Old Crescent 3 Kilfeacle 5

Last Sunday saw the Kilfeacle & District U 12 team travel to Limerick to compete against Old Crescent in a mini rugby blitz. The rugby was impressive with the young Blues demonstrating their ability to move the ball quickly through the hands. The forwards work well together and stayed tight while the backs enjoyed the space of an extra large Old Crescent pitch. Kilfeacle won 5-3. Excellent players for Kilfeacle on the day for the U12s were, in the forwards Nathan Maher, Sean O’Connell, Mark Compton, Brian Hally (Captain) and Conor Leahy, Jake Butler and Darren O’Dwyer and in the backs Timmy Clarke, Jake Flannery, Jack Ryan, Maurice O’Sullivan, Colin McInery, Padraig Ryan, Byron O’Neill and Jack Downy.