St Mary’s College RFC J1 V Clontarf FC J2
Metro League 2.
Sunday 30th September 2018.
The rust and creaks are being dissolved at this time of year and, although there were some exciting and skilful plays throughout the game, those little creaks were there to be seen, especially in defence where the home side, although clearly superior, let the eager Tarf J2 bulk-men through, too easily, sometimes almost nonchalantly. It was enjoyable to be there to see the return of several players, and the presence to some who may be in action next Saturday when we commence our odyssey in AIL 1B with a game V Ballynahinch.
Firstly, welcome to Max Kennedy, a nephew of Arthur McEvoy from Kerry who is a promising second row forward, secondly welcome back to prop, Colm McMahon, a former St Marys’ AIL winner in 2012, whose father has been a fervent supporter for over ten years now including while Colm was cavorting in London. He joined fast developing Stephen O’Brien and Michael McCormack, in the front row Also back from long-term injury were promising, Hugo Diepman, and Mathew Ridgeway.
The true spirit of Marys is shown when players turn out for their club in what might be called less glamorous games. Conor Dean, son of Paul (and both Deano), now playing at Connaught Rugby, came the distance over to turn out for his club, well done Deano. His prestidigitatorial hands made pace and scores out wide for the eager outside backs and his kicking was accurate. And speaking of outside backs, at 13 Craig Kennedy, son of Franko, was in exhilarating form as he delicately tripped through the Tarf defence, with real acceleration and skill. He is looking pitch hot and has developed impressively. Good it was also, to see Mark (son of Patsy) Fogarty back and showing well. Unfortunately Liam Corcoran who has been showing form during the LSL, rolled his ankle and may be out for a little while.
In the first half the home team was well in ascendancy as they topped up 37 points to 7, scoring a penalty after 8 minutes and the first of five first half tries on 12 minutes. Although, they scored two tries in the second half, Tarf scored three.
It was a worthwhile exercise, but needs improvement in application and particularly defensive systems.
15 M Timmons, 14 E Clynes, 13 C Kennedy, 1 M Fogarty, 11 D O’Halloran, 10 C Dean, 9 C Foley, 8 M Ridgeway, 7 A Mooney, 6 J Ringland, 5 L Corcoran, 4 M Kennedy, 3 M McCormack, 2 S O’Brien, 1 C McMahon, 16 R Fanning, 17 K Mannion, 18 H Diepman, 19 M Talbot, 20 C Kavanagh.