On Sunday January 26th, at 11:15, a bus with the match squad, the manager Vinnie Murray and the coaches Brian McGovern and Eddie Devitt (and Order Order Mr Michael Fanagan) departed Templeogue College with the minis in full flow in the club for Athlone. We knew when we were leaving it was going to be tough. But tough was understatement.
From minute one of the game when Kealan Quinn injured his ankle, Elliott Masset came on to take his place but there were hard hits going in left, right and centre.
Our physio Emma hasn’t been as busy as she was for us all season. We were under an extreme amount of pressure at scrum time and we lost most if not all of our scrums in the first 35 minutes. Even with all this pressure, the score was still 0-0 nearing half time.
Bucs had a line out just outside of their 22 and the won it, and the ball was being passed along their backline but in steps our captain Sean Bourke with a intercept, juggles the ball for a moment but scores under the post against the run of play. He converted it, leaving the score at 0-7 at half time.
Second half got under way, we had settled down in the scrum with some changes.
We then got a scrum and a with bit of luck and hard work we won it, and Joe Nolan got over the line. Sean Bourke converted it. Leaving the score 0-14.
It was a really tough game with bodies put on the line for the club and for U20s. Max Whelan our number 13 earned man of the match. Although, it could of gone to many others.
A special thanks to Marie for arranging the logistics for us for the day, Michael Fanagan, the President Michael O’Flaherty and all the parents that came down to support the lads – it was needed and your support is appreciated by the coaches management and the players.