On Saturday evening, after the dust settled from the Bateman cup final, the U20s faced Buccaneers in the semi final of the Purcell cup.
The game got off to a quick start with an excellent try for the good guys, finished off by wing Luke Mannion. Sean Bourke missed the difficult conversion .Buccs retaliated quickly and after sustained pressure scored a converted try.
On 25 mins Luke struck again, Sean converted so we led 12-7.
Indiscipline set in as halftime approached,3 successive penalties led to a Buccs penalty score leaving ht score 12-10
Our 2 coaches were unavailable on the night. Chops Sweeney was celebrating his brothers wedding (congrats Chips),and Robbo is off sunning himself in New Zealand.
Conor Corcoran, Mullers and Vinnie were running the show. Special thanks to Jamie Cornett,1st team coach, there in a supporters role, who gave the half time talk.
Niall McEniff came on at half time and within minutes was yellow carded along with the Buccs No9.Sean converted a penalty.15-10
We were getting well on top at this stage and after more pressure Gavin O’Brien scored under the posts.22-10
Craig Kennedy, only on the pitch made one particularly smashing hit, driving his man 5 metres in reverse to huge roars from the crowd
We didn’t add on the scores to kill the game which made for a nervous end to the game. Poor Vinnie couldn’t watch at this stage, relying on updates from Quinnie and Shirls.
Buccs finished strongly and scored with the final play of the game.22-15 ft
I am also happy to let everyone know that the Buccaneers player who left in an ambulance after the game is ok now and all at St Marys wish him a speedy recovery
We go again
The squad for last Saturday was
1. Sean O’Reilly
2. Gavin O’Brian
3. Jamie Coolican
4. Daniel Jennings
5. Eoin Byrne
6. Daniel Delaney
7. Matt Dillon
8. Sean Heeran (C)
9. Daragh McDonagh
10. Sean Bourke
11. Peter Masterson
12. Tom Murray
13. Tim MacMahon
14. Luke Mannion
15. Ruairi Sheilds
16. Niall McEniff
17. Harry McSweeney
18. Jamie Shaw
19. Gavin Potts
20. Conor Johnson
21. Jack McDowell
22. Craig Kennedy