On Sunday morning last our young men took to the field in Cashel in the East Munster U14 Cup Final, against a much bigger Waterford City side. The morning certainly wasn’t ideal for rugby with a gale blowing into the face of the Fethard side for the first half. Waterford City pilled on the pressure early in the half Fethard tackled exceptionally well. Waterford City only managed to penetrate the Fethard line once and scored in the corner but failed to convert. At half time it was Waterford City 5, Fethard 0.
In the second half Fethard started well using the wind to their advantage and keeping the City team in their own 22. With play breaking down at the half way line Ross McCormack took the ball in hand and charged for the line shrugging off several tackles on the way. This score really got Fethard into gear with every player upping their performance.
Mark Heffernan attacked City’s line only to be stopped just short, great support play from the forwards saw Jack O’Rourke crashing over for another try which was converted. City got a break out of defence scoring a try in the corner but this score didn’t dampen the fight in the Fethard team who used the wind to their advantage pinning the City team deep in their 22.
The tackling from Fethard was relentless from all around the field. Darragh Lynch put in great tackles at full back and in the centre Mark Heffernan and Jack Kealy tackled everything that moved. City’s indiscipline cost them another three points that Josef O’Connor slotted over. This was a hard fought victory and truly deserved, well done to the whole panel of players involved.