On Sunday Kilfeacle and District beat Mallow 22-14 at Morrissey Park.
Mallow won the toss and elected to play with the slight breeze for the first half. The very vocal home support urged their side to put their stamp on the game and they subsequently did when after great work by James Hogan and Shane Morrissey, Charles Walsh scored a try converted by James Hogan.
The vast majority of the rest of the first half was played in the home side’s half, only on a handful of occasions did Kilfeacle break into the Mallow 22. But for all their possession and territorial advantage the visitors found it very difficult to build up good phases of play and their endeavours were plagued with handling errors and good defending by their opponents.
With 17 minutes played the visitors were on level terms after Sam Holt scored a try for Andy Cashman to convert. Kilfeacle’s defence was admirable and they kept forcing errors from the Mallow team, who, as the half wore on became more and more anxious to score. In the 31st minute, the Kilfeacle forwards Simon Barry, James Ryan, Sean McGrath, Diarmuid O’Donnell, Stevie Flood, Ger Luby, Jack Sullivan, Johnny Hannigan, Cormac O’Donoghue and David Farrell secured possession and after many phases were awarded a scrum inside the Mallow 22. This provided the platform for Pat Ryan, who scored another try which James Hogan converted to push his team into 14-7 lead.
But the sides were level at the break following a converted Mallow try.
In the second half the backs Jake O’Halloran, Gavin Heuston, Diarmuid Carr, Pat Ryan, Charles Walshe, James Hogan, Darren Lowry and Shane Morrissey were immense for their attacking and defensive prowess, their movement off the ball created the space for Darren Lowry to side step the Mallow full back for a clear run to touch in the corner to make it 19-14 with the conversion missed. A Darren Lowry drop goal made it 22-14.
And that remained the final score with Kilfeacle failing to add another try for the bonus point.
First team manager Peter Ryan said - “We were almost made pay for a poor start to the first and second halves. It almost took us too long to come to grips with our opponents in the first half. They showed that they could play and were very unlucky not to score. Mallow had the capability to win but our very resolute defence held them out and they deserve praise for this hard fought win. Our next game is going to be a very tough assignment on Sunday 15. We along with all the other teams in this division know that an away win in Newcastlewest is nearly an unachievable and very rare event!”