On Saturday evening last Fethard senior rugby team hosted UL Bohemians in the second round of the Gleeson League.
Having lost narrowly away to Ennis the previous week it was vital to get some points from this game but that wasn’t going to be easy with a team like Bohs.
Fethard played against a strong wind in the first half and displayed some great defence with Jamie McCormack and Shane Kavanagh tackling everything in midfield and limited the visitors to two penalties. As half time approached some great forward play by Chris Large, Kieran Power and Robert Hall saw Conor Kavanagh go on the blind side of a ruck and he drew the winger and off-loaded to Matthew Ryan who ran straight to the full back to score under the post, Declan Doyle converted to leave the half time score 7-6 to Fethard.
With a strong wind behind them Fethard pilled on the pressure and were awarded by two fine penalties by Doyler. Fethard were dominating exchanges now and when Nicko Hoynes broke for the line a certain try looked on but his pass to J.R. McGrath went forward and the chance was gone. Bohs got down the field and after what seemed about fifty phases they eventually got over for a try which they converted to leave the final score 13 all. A good performance by this young Fethard team and some great displays by some new players like Jimmy Pollard, Kevin Pollard and the very solid Luke Keating. Next week we play Kilfeacle away at 1pm on Sunday.
Fethard U15s played their second league game having had a good victory over Waterford City in the first one, the opposition this time was hot favourites Waterpark. Fethard very slow to start and allowed the visitors in for two soft tries. We really got going then and played much of the game in their 22 and some great back play from Jack Hayes Jack Kealy and Jack Dolan saw the Ross McCormack cross for a fine try which Josef O’Connor converted. Indeed it was the lively scrum-half who scored the next try and converted. It was game on now and waterpark were driven back by the relentless rucking of Ned Grogan, David McCormack, Jack O’Rourke and Harry Butler. The game could have gone either way but Waterpark were deserving winners by 27-17. Fethard can be very proud of their performance, Some of the lads who came up from the U14 were brilliant like Joey Carroll Patrick Scully, Padraig Harrington and were led by players like Jack Grace, Mark Heffernan and Richard Holohan