On Saturday Cashel took on Cork Con at Spafield in a vital Senior 2nds league game. A win for Cashel was a must to stay in contention for the playoffs.
With just 8 minutes gone the Cork Con speedy fullback made a break and scored in the corner. Con were dominating the early exchanges and their bigger pack was causing all sorts of problems for Cashel. On the 15th minute their full back made another break and was on his way to another try when a last gasp hand trip by Jack Ryan stopped him feet from the line.
Cashel gradually came into the game and the pack led by Alan Downey got on top. Ollie McGlinchey was pulling the strings at No. 10. Ten minutes from half time the forwards worked through the phases and captain Paddy Maher barged over for a try. Cashel were now growing in confidence and five minutes later Ollie McGlinchey gave an inside pass to Alan O’Donnell who fed Alan Downey. Downey drove deep inside the Con 22 and passed to Kieran Gleeson who scored a good try which McGlinchey converted. Ian Stanley made a great run form 30 yards but was caught just short of the try line. Cashel then pressed home the advantage and in the 38th minute from a lineout ten yards out they formed a maul and drove to the Con line. Darren McGrath touched down for another try and Cashel led 17-5 at half time.
As the light was fading the game was switched to the floodlit middle pitch and the second half was played under lights. Con threw everything into attack and the second half turned out to be a thriller. The game swept from end to end but the highlight was the defensive performance of Cashel. In the backs Frank Kelleher, Jack Ryan and Alan O’Donnell were good but Ollie McGlinchey was outstanding. He dictated the pace of the game, kicked cleverly and marshalled the back line.
In the pack Michael Cross had a great game at the breakdown. Captain Paddy Maher and No. 8 Alan Downey carried very well. Substitutes Cormac O’Donnell, Niall Fitzgerald and Martin Feehan had a huge impact when introduced.
With 6 minutes left the Con pressure eventually told and their centre barged over for a good try which they converted. They continued the pressure but the Cashel defence held solid for a good victory. Con can take heart from their performance also as they contributed to an excellent game and are still top of the league.
Cashel; F Kelleher, R Mullane, J Ryan, A O’Donnell, K Leamy, O McGlinchey, D McGrath, A Downey, M Cross, P Maher, A O’Dwyer, K Gleeson, I Stanley, T Flynn, E Hall, C O’Donnell, N Fitzgerald, M Feehan, G O’Sullivan, K Sweeney.
Munster Junior 2 League
Cashel 25 Dolphin 18
On Sunday it was the turn of the Junior 2 team to take on Dolphin at Spafield. Conditions before the game were wet and cold but it did not deter both teams who served up a great game of rugby. Played at a good pace all through it entertained the supporters who braved the elements.
Dolphin had the better of the early exchanges and were 6-nil up after 10 minutes with two penalties.
Indeed penalties were a feature of the game and they went 17 to 8 against Cashel. In the second quarter Cashel came more into the game. The forwards got on top and on the 35th minute a great maul resulted in Niall Fitzgerald scoring a try. It remained 6-5 to Dolphin until half time.
The second half was equally entertaining. Cashel were on top for the third quarter. On 45 minutes David O’Meara hit the post with a penalty but put Cashel ahead 7 minutes later with a good penalty kick. Three minutes later, Sean Ryan, who had an excellent game throughout won good lineout ball. Play developed in the middle of the field, David O’Meara fed Ger O’Sullivan who put Eoin Laffan in for a try in the corner.
Dolphin came back and attacked but the Cashel defence held firm. Brian Anglim broke from midfield and fed Robert Thornton who made further ground. He passed to Joe McGinley who almost made it to the try line but he drew his man and put Johnny Maher in for a wonderful backs try in the corner. Ger O’Sullivan, who is slow to take kicks, converted with a top class kick from the touchline which proved just how good a kicker he is.
Dolphin attacked from the kickoff and scored a good try of their own. Two minutes later a loose kick from inside the Dolphin 22 was gathered by Niall Fitzgerald who barged over for his second try. He is a great talent with a bright future. This put Cashel 25-11 ahead.
Dolphin were not finished and they attacked again with two minutes left scoring an excellent converted try under the posts. There was only one score in it at this stage and 6 minutes of injury time were played, all of which were spent with Dolphin pounding the Cashel line. The defence held firm and to the relief of the locals the final whistle went with Cashel winning 25-18.
In a panel where everybody contributed to a great win, Brian Anglim and Robert Thornton were excellent in the centre, Joe McGinley and Johnny Maher used all their experience in attack. In the pack Sean Ryan had a huge game, Donal Davern also performed well in the lineout and the young front row of of Kieran Sweeney, Niall Fitzgerald and Cormac O’Donnell (all under 20) were outstanding. Manager John Brosnan was more than pleased with the overall performance of his charges.
Cashel: K Sweeney, N Fitzgerald, C O’Donnell, J Kelly, M Freyne, D Cleary, D Davern, S Ryan, D O’Meara, G O’Sullivan, P Thornton, B Anglim, R Thornton, J McGinley, J Maher, A Cummins, G Delaney, E Laffan, D O’Brien, B O’Doherty.