Old Wesley RFC V St Mary’s College RFC J1s
Metro League 2
Sunday 8th December 2019.
Torrential showers had made the junior pitches at Templeville Road unplayable, handing home advantage to Old Wesley, in this top of the table, polite chat. Having to play on the home team’s 4G pitch was likewise, a considerable disadvantage. To add to the handicaps, injuries had left St Marys without a number of players. including two second rows. All taken in to consideration, the visitors who led for the greater part of this match (to the hour mark), did very well indeed. It ended up a swinging game, with some fine movements and a well contested atmosphere; almost to ebullition. It is remarkable that, shorn of so many key men, coaches, Tom Lynch and Paul Brennan, and skipper Mattie Tymmons got so much from the team. They managed to get a losing bonus, so not all was lost.
There was no scarcity of effort and spirit and every man on the field showed great commitment. In the first half, big player, Jack Dilger, back from injury, got into top gear straight away, carrying and covering with volcanic tackling. He took a shoulder knock and was then most unfortunate to get a yellow, for a no-arms tackle. In the front row Niall McEniff commanded attention, scrummaging strongly; and incessantly and effectively active all match. He has good skill, attitude and power; he has real potential. Another with big potential is Ben Watson, at Ten. He has impressive hands, feeding those outside and he is endowed with sharp acceleration and eyes for a break. He was like an agitated bee, and given a little more experience he will make top class outhalf. He was no doubt happy too with the service he got from another with strong potential Adam McEvoy. All those who joined the fray, likewise made a distinct contribution, such as Gavin Potts and Paudge Dundon, so the team should not be down. They can all be proud of their contribution,
After ten minutes skirmishing, Wesley converted a penalty 3-0. Then on 30 minutes, Jack broke from the scrum and Adam took it on, giving it to Sean McCahill on the wing, he stepped his man to score in the corner. 3-5. Ben added a penalty before half time. 3-8.
With confidence now high, Marys went into attack early in the second half and after a continuous barrage on the Wesley line, skipper Mattie dived over. Although, it was not converted Marys led 3-13. It was looking promising. However, a top of the table team is not going to lie down and so Wesley left their calling card with a converted try, 53 minutes, 10-13, adding another on 58 minutes, 17-13, and a penalty on 63 minutes, 20-13. Try as they did with maximum strain, St Marys could not get back the vital score. So it ended 20-13.
15 M Opperman, 14 S McCahill, 13 M Talbot, 12 M Timmons (Capt), 11 D Sloan, 10 B Watson, 9 A McEvoy, 8 J Dilger, 7 S Heeran, 6 D Lyons, , 5 C O’Meara, 4 C Curran, 3 B Mannion, 2 S Healy, 1 N McEniff. J Coolican, P Dundon, E Conroy, G Potts.