Ulster Bank Division 2A League
Galwegians 28 Cashel 16
Cashel travelled West for the second time this season to face a Galway side at home in division 2A of the Ulster Bank League.
With a bitter wind swirling around Crowley Park the visiting team which took the field were seriously depleted of some senior players. Young players and son no so young did step to the plate though and Cashel went in at half time level on six points a piece from the boot of Pat O’Connor.
With the start of the second half an easy try was conceded to Galwegians and from there on the home side started to gain the upper hand. Cashel did respond with a well executed try by Pat O’Connor to bring the sides to within five points but the oppositions dominance slowly took hold with phase after phase of good off loading play resulting in two further tries.
Cashel 22 Clonmel 15
Cashel had a good win against Clonmel in the quarter final of East Munster Cup in Cashel last Sunday.
Cashel played with the strong wind in the first half and immediately took the game to Clonmel. The first 15 minutes were played in the Clonmel half. Eventually the pressure told and after carries by Lar Shanahan and William Purcell, Aidan O’Connor scored in the corner. The defence was excellent leading to many turnovers. From one such turnover Peter Gavin gathered possession broke numerous tackles and scored a great individual try.
Clonmel started to come more into the game and were using their big ball carriers to good effect. However any time they tried to move the ball wide Ryan O’Donnell Peter Gavin and James O’Halloran put in great tackles. Any time Cashel had possession they looked dangerous. After good work by Eoin Hand and Sean Lonergan, Cashel camped in the Clonmel 22. Tom Ryan James Walsh and Keith O’Riordan made good yardage before the ball was moved quickly by Muldoon to Peter Gavin who scored his second try. Cashel seemed to relax a bit as the half came to a close. Some sloppy passing resulted in a Clonmel centre breaking through to score an unconverted try.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first except it was Clonmel doing the pressing. The strengthening wind meant that the Clonmel out half was able to keep Cashel pinned in their own half for long periods. The Cashel defence was doing well but eventually the pressure told and Clonmel scored an unconverted try.
This seemed to get Cashel going and after good scrummaging by Tommy Allen Philly Ryan and James Walsh the ball was moved quickly resulting in a break by James O’Halloran who scored a great try which was converted by Ryan O’Donnell.
Clonmel came back strongly but excellent organisation in defence meant they were finding it difficult to make too much ground. Tom Ryan Richard Bailey and Eoin Hand made try saving tackles. However all the defending meant Cashel were giving away lots of penalties which resulted in a yellow card. From the penalty Clonmel scored a try through the forwards.
From then until the final whistle Cashel hardly missed a tackle and they held out for a great win.
Cup semi final versus Galbally away next weekend.