J1 XV v Clontarf (H) by D. O'Brien 03.12.2017

St Mary's College RFC J1 V Clontarf FC J1

12 21

Metro League 1

Sunday 3rd December 2017.

Templeville Road

Overall

After last week's disappointing visit to Belvedere, Marys faced this game with a little trepidation. However, it was no way like last week. This was a good open, entertaining game with two lively teams competing. It was only with the last play of the game that Tarf sealed their win. It was probably the right result, as Tarf scored three goals against four penalties for Marys, but it was really close. The set pieces on both sides were good and both teams showed adventure and appetite. The Marys defence was greatly improved on last week.

In the pack Ian Cullinane especially, Cathal Ryan and Stephen O'Brien stood out. Behind the scrum, the halves of Conor Gilsenan and Mathew Timmons were prominent. It was a pity that with Mathew Oppermann, a top class sprinter on the wing, that he got little chance to show his pace or prowess. It was particularly heartening to see Seanie Kearns, now recovered from injury, getting some game time in the second half, and indeed kicking a fine penalty. Welcome back Seanie. Also welcome back young Davy Lyons, who did very well at 12. Davy is only playing at St Marys for a mere 20+ years. Super; well done Dougal.

A special mention must be made of two lads who are top-class clubmen, Padraig Dundon at prop and another Lyons, Dan Lyons who played at Eight, both had played full J2 games yesterday and turned out to play a full match again today and what is more gave great accounts of themselves. That is what club rugby is about.

Scoring

Jamie Kennedy, who had a good game, scored two penalties early in the first half, and it was only on 40 minutes that Tarf got over for a converted try so that the score at half time was 6 – 7. However, the second half had only commenced when it went to 6 – 14. On 65 minutes, another Marys' penalty closed the gap, and on 34 minutes it became 12 – 14; but then a converted try was scored by Clontarf as the clock went into the red zone and so it ended 12 – 21.

Rodney, Tom, Gareth, Paul and Mick (the Medium) will be greatly heartened by the improvement and if they can get an established side together they could look forward to a god cup run and a strong league finish.

D O'Brien

Team (Rolling Replacements) 15 J Kennedy, 14 M Opperman, 13 L O'Regan, 12 Davy Lyons, 11 J Walsh, 10 M. Timmons, 9 C Gilsenan, 8 D Lyons, 7 I Cullinane, 6. D McDonnell, 5 M Ridgeway, 4.E Conroy, 3 C Ryan, 2 S O'Brien, 1 P Dundon. L Moran, N Murphy. S Kearns, P Goodall.