Clanwilliam 23 Old Christians 17
Clanwilliam recovered from last week’s Munster Junior cup defeat with a League win in Cork against Old Christians. With a few players unavailable, Clanwilliam showed the strength of their panel with a spirited and skilful display.
From the start, Clanwilliam made their game plan clear as they moved the ball through the backline at every opportunity. Christians were also keeping the ball alive making for an entertaining game.
Clanwilliam were first to score when Robert Doyle scored a try after fourteen minutes following a number of phases. Christians responded five minutes later when a quickly taken penalty on the half way line created momentum and led to a try. The Clanwilliam set piece was creating a solid platform allowing the half backs, Andrew Lacey and Derek Shiels time to dictate the pace of the game. Anthony Gilligan at hooker was doing a good job in connecting with his line-out jumpers, Maurice Crowe and Brian Kissane. Ten minutes before half time Clanwilliam were rewarded for hard work from the pack when Ian Quinlan broke from the back of a maul to score near the corner flag. Brian Kissane converted. Christians fought back to score an unconverted try to leave the score 12-10 at half time.
The pace of the game dropped somewhat for the early part of the second half but the Clanwilliam forwards kept Clanwilliam on the front foot. The back row, Ian Quinlan, Sean Whelan and David McCormack were causing problems for Christians with ball in hand. Clanwilliam were putting pressure on Christians and midway through the half Clanwilliam had two successful penalty kicks from Brian Kissane before Kieran Merrigan made a great break to score a try. This extended the Clan lead to 13 points. Christians fought back and were rewarded with a bonus point when they scored a try in the last few minutes.
Clanwilliam have two games remaining in the League, Crosshaven away and Richmond at home.
Congratulations to Cashel on attaining senior status. This was well deserved following their unbeaten record in the League this season.
Well done to Rockwell on reaching the final of the Munster schools cup after their win in Clanwilliam Park last Saturday. Also well done to the Abbey on capturing the Munster schools football title.
At underage, the Clanwilliam under 17s drew 22-22 with Thurles in the League. This was an exciting game with the lead changing a number of times before Thurles got the draw with a late try. Clanwilliam had two tries from Brendan Quinlan and one from Pearse Richardson. Conor Kissane kicked two conversions and a penalty.
The Clanwilliam under 15s advanced in their cup after getting the better of Fethard 17-13 in a very close match. Clanwilliam were training 13-5 with fifteen minutes to go but showed character in recovering to score two tries to win through. The Clanwilliam try scorers were Philip Roche, Frank Mooney and Ben Downey. Sean Daly kicked a conversion.
Sunday March 13
1st Team: League away to Crosshaven, 2.30
2nds Team: Evans cup v Fethard (time to be confirmed)
Under 15s Cup away to Carrick-on-Suir 11.00