Kilfeacle recorded an impressive 28-10 win at Skibbereen on Sunday for vital league points.
They played against the wind for the first half.
The vast majority of the first half was played in the middle half of the pitch, only in the final 10 minutes of the half did Skibbereen manage to have sustained pressure in the Kilfeacle half. But for all their possession and territorial advantage the visiting side found it very difficult to build up good phases of play and their endeavours were plagued with handling errors partially induced by the playing conditions.
With 19 minutes played and the game scoreless a well worked move by the Skibbereen side just outside the opponents 22 saw them earn another penalty which they converted.
Kilfeacle’s defence was admirable but in attack they kept making errors, which was partially due to the pressure that the Skibbereen team was exerting.
With the first half drawing to a close, a combination of indiscipline and errors from Kilfeacle led to Skibbereen entering Kilfeacle’s 22 for the first time and they finally forced their way over to score a try and with the last kick of the half converted it to leave it 10-0 at half time.
Skibbereen started the second half well but they were now having the same difficulties as their opponents were in the first half. Handling errors, lost footing, misplaced passes and loose ball seemed to be the menu for the day. After 10 minutes the Kilfeacle team started to come to grips with defending in the conditions and started to build good phase play and used the weather to their advantage.
The second half mirrored the first with the roles reversed. After 20 minutes Kilfeacle’s pack won a scrum and pushed the opposing pack a full 20 yards before it collapsed, this was an example of the monstrous effort and commitment shown by the pack of Simon Barry, James Mullane, Tom Doyle, Diarmuid O’Donnell, Conor Hartigan, John Hannigan, Jack Sullivan, Ger Luby, Sean McGrath and James Ryan (Salmon) which earned the team 3 points from a penalty kicked by Shane Looby.
Five minutes later Kilfeacle had 17 phases of play starting outside their own 22 and ending with an unconverted try to make it 10-8. Six minutes later Kilfeacle were ahead when Shane Looby converted another penalty. Time was now on the side of the visiting team and buoyed by their fantastic vocal support Kilfeacle piled on the pressure. The last 10 minutes of the game were spent with the team playing with the elements attacking. With only 10 minutes remaining, a relieving clearance kick by Skibbereen saw Diarmuid O’Donnell gain huge ground and score Kilfeacle’s second try. The backs including Gavin Hueston, Shane Looby, Shane Morrissey, Pat Ryan, Charles Walsh, Darren Lowry, Diarmuid Carr and Bernard Callaghan were now completely on top and a cross field kick from Darren Lowry found Shane Morrissey to score a try converted by Shane Looby which deprived Skibbereen of earning a losing bonus point. There were only seconds left but Kilfeacle could smell blood and the opportunity for a bonus point and the team responded and had scored their fourth and crucial try when Shane Looby touched down 15 seconds later.