Cashel 11 UCC 8
With a long lay off from play since December 8, you could have expected a few cobwebs to be seen but this wasn’t to be. In grim conditions on the back pitch the first half ended with the Tipperary side trailing the students by 3 points to 8. The penalty count wasn’t going their way either but there was a confidence among the wind beaten home supporters.
In the second half, the hatches were battened down with some excellent defensive work and doggedness around the heavy pitch. Giles Boland scored a well taken try after a good grubber delivered by Brian Silke to level the sides and then in the 72nd minute Oliver McGlinchey stepped up to drop the sweetest of goals to put the home side ahead. The Cork side were never going to breach the Cashel line after that as everyone stood up to the plate.
A penalty awarded to the Cork College side in the final minute sailed to the left and wide of the posts to give Cashel a well deserved victory.
On Sunday last, our Mini rugby brigade travelled to Fethard with Thurles RFC. On a cold winter’s morning both players and parents braved the elements. Great numbers participated from all teams with no shortage of enthusiasm. It was a joy to see children of U7s to U12s involved.
U10s - Our first encounter was against Fethard and the home side started in a blaze of glory catching us off guard. Fethard were the better outfit in the first half and were leading 4 tries to nil at half time. Our coaches must have added something special to the water at half time because our boys rallied and played a stormer of a second half. Ben Corcoran tackled excellently, and there was good link play with Eoin Moloughney and Alex Dunne. Joseph Lawrence and Dermot O’Brien rucked well. Luke Shanahan scored some exciting tries but the Man of the Match Award goes to Kyle Burke. Even with this exciting display we just fell short by 5 tries to 4. In our second game against Thurles we continued that same intensity, winning by 2 tries.
U11s - Fethard were too strong for us in the first game but we held our own against Thurles. Ben White and Shane Ryan linked well; Padraic Flanagan had some fine passing movements with Ethan Molloy and Martin Paul O’Dwyer. Tom Tobin was punching gaps in attack with Daniel Moloney being even more dynamic in attack also. Man of the Match Award for this team goes to Eoin Murphy from the Dualla Road.
U12 - U12s had only one game against Thurles and they didn’t disappoint. One word can describe our performance - “Teamwork”. We won 6 tries to 4 and the scorers were Kevin Molloy, Sean O’Neill, Chris Geraghty, Oisin O’Suilleabhain and Joshua O’Dwyer x 2. Tim Hyde, a young boy who is growing with confidence, was really performing well. Fearghail O’Donoghue and Brian O’Connor were punching gaps in the Thurles defence. Eoghan Murphy gave a display of tackling in the first half that Doug Howlett of Munster rugby would have been proud of. Newcomer of Janis Stankanic showed great willingness to play, he has good natural skill in passing, ball carrying and is very much a team player.
The Players Race Night which was meant to take place on Friday, February 1, has to be postponed due to the first team now playing Seapoint at 4pm on Saturday, February 2, away in the Division 2A League. Watch this space for the new date as this always proves to be a great night.