Sunday 07 Jan 2018Junior 1 - Junior Clubs Challenge Shield

Clonakilty 10 vs Old Christians 8

Rathcooney, (Note Time) Semi-Final match, 14:00PM

Until late in the game, it looked like we might snatch an unlikely win over Clonakilty in the Challenge Plate semi-final played in Rathcooney on Sunday. The day was bright and not overly cold, but the weather had taken it's toll on a very sticky pitch. Perhaps Clon took us for granted after two wins against us in Shannonvale this season, but we did play well. Once again inexperience came back to haunt us at the end, but we were leading with a couple of minutes to go. Six minutes from the start, Alan O'Connell burst through the visitors defence to touch down half way out. Unfortunately, the conversion was missed and this proved costly in the end. In a low scoring game, it would be 18 minutes before the next score arrived, when Ryan O'Connell added a fine penalty. We dominated the first half and it was ironic that the first time The West Cork side got into our 22 after nearly half an hour, they picked up a soft try from a lineout. The visitors tried to increase their lead before the break, but excellent defence held them at bay. We led 8 to 7 at the break and the score was to remain the same until a couple of minutes from the end. After 15 minutes, we laid siege to the Clon line, but could not break through. Despite the sticky ground conditions, perhaps we could have manufactured a drop goal here. Captain Alan O'Dea pulled off some powerful tackles during the game and led by example, while the back row of Alan, Jesus and Sam, held sway throught. Leading by a point, we probably tried to play too much rugby, instead of turning Clon with a few balls in behind. We troubled the Clon line out at times and a bit of old fashioned "Cup" rugby might have served us better. We shot ourselves in the foot in the end, kicking the ball out of a ruck, saw Clon gain ground in our 22 and we then conceded a penalty under the posts, to leave the Shannon Vale outfit 10 to 8 ahead.There was just time for the kick-off, but we kicked it out of play, when cooled heads might have done differently. This however was an encouraging display, the defence was brave and we held the ball for long periods of the game, but we needed "an ould dog", to get us over the line.

 

Some match pictures.

Alan is held.

Craig Craig looks up.

Lineout mayhem.

Luke charges.

Ryan clears his lines.

 

 

Lán Chúl.

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