Kilfeacle and District 10 Clanwilliam 6
After our defeat in the league last week “The Boys in Blue” were at home again facing a Clanwilliam side that we narrowly defeated this year in the Garryowen Cup earlier in the season. On Sunday at Morrissey Park, a large crowd of Kilfeacle and District supporters had gathered to cheer on their team.
The game started in rain with a cold strong wind that blew across the pitch and slightly favoured Clanwilliam in the first half. The temperature was bitterly low and this would have an impact on the game as handling skills were hampered and the game disjointed. In the opening quarter, both sides warily probed and searched for openings. Clanwilliam knew that a win against Kilfeacle was vital, to help them climb the League One table, and Kilfeacle knew that a win was vital for them to keep their chances of winning the league alive.
Clanwilliam were trying to take advantage of playing with the wind but a very strong Kilfeacle pack of Simon Barry, James Ryan, Sean McGrath, Diarmuid O’Donnell, Stevie Flood, Ger Luby (Pack Leader), Jack Sullivan, Cormac O’Donoghue, David Farrell, Alan O’Mahony and James Mullane were keeping the ball tight with some very impressive rucking and mauling.
Kilfeacle and District defended with all their might, Clanwilliam earned a penalty after seven minutes but the swirling wind pushed Richard Child’s attempt to the right and wide. Two minutes later Childs had a long range penalty attempt which found its mark. It was always going to be a tight game with scoring chances at a premium but it was Kilfeacle that started to impress, the combination of Shane Luby, Gavin Heuston, Diarmuid Carr, Pat Ryan, Josh Featherstone, Packie Bourke, and Diarmuid Callaghan in the backs putting together some fine breaks.
In the 15th minute Diarmuid Callaghan finished off a fine team effort to score a try which Shane Luby was unlucky not to convert. With twenty minutes gone Childs slotted another penalty to regain the lead for Clan.
On the 40th minute mark after Kilfeacle worked field position they set up a rolling maul which Clanwilliam were unable to stop and James Ryan Salmon leaped with jubilation after he touched down what proved to be the winning score. Against the wind and from the angle Shane Luby was unlucky not to score the conversion. The half-time score line read 10-6 to the homeside.
The weather conditions worsened in the second half and made it very difficult for either team to build up good phases of play or retain possession for long periods. As the half wore on Clanwilliam became more and more desperate to get the score to take all the points and with minutes remaining gained the upper hand and field possession. Anxious moments followed for the home supporters, of which there was a sizeable amount, as Clanwilliam built up multiple phases of play to find themselves only metres from the Kilfeacle line.
However the defence stood strong and were not to be breached on the day. This was the closest Clanwilliam were to come to scoring. The home supporters feared that the Kilfeacle resistance might crumble but Clanwilliam’s supreme effort had, in fact, the opposite effect and galvanised the Kilfeacle team into a unit as they went in search of a tangible response. Clanwilliam are a resilient outfit and did not let this impact on their game plan and came back at Kilfeacle immediately but were met with a stout defence that was well marshalled and disciplined. The final whistle came and the home side celebrated their hard fought but deserved victory. The display that the Kilfeacle and Clanwilliam teams gave during this game and the manner in which they played could be measured by the applause they received from both sets of supporters as they wearily made the way of the pitch.
Our next league game is a tough away game to unbeaten league leaders Richmond RFC on Sunday.
Training still going strong.
We are delighted to announce that the training for the underage/younger teams continues every Friday. If you missed last week’s training do not fear, as the place to be is Morrissey Park, Kilfeacle, every Friday night. If you enjoy team sports in healthy surroundings with experienced coaches, great facilities and loads of fun then Morrissey Park is the place to be Friday nights