Match reports 31/01/2016

Posted on February 1, 2016 in , , , ,

Carlow 6 Cill Dara 20

Hopes that Carlow would get a good run in the 2016 Leinster Rugby Towns Cup

came crashing down on Sunday at Oakpark with a 20 points to 6 reverse to Cill Dara.

With home advantage, Carlow riding high in Section 2A of the Leinster League had

real expectations that they would handle Cill Dara, languishing at the bottom on

Section 1B. But it didn’t happen for them.

With wind assistance Carlow edged the first half by 6 points to 3. Ritchie Whyte’s

two penalties came in the 4th and 38th minutes. In between Cill Dara’s penalty came in

the 20th minute on one of their rare visits to the Carlow 22.

In the first half Carlow had the dominant scrum but Cill Dara’s quick heeling rescued

them several times. Carlow made fair use of the wind but never really threatened the

Cill Dara try line.

Carlow’s large supporting contingent feared that the three point lead wouldn’t be

enough when the Kildare men got the wind in their favour. Carlow started the second

half strongly and were pressing in the Cill Dara 22 10minutes in when the game

altering sequence arrived. A huge Cill Dara penalty clearance from under their posts

was allowed roll into touch within metres of the Carlow line. Good work by Carlow

captain Wes Shirley disrupted the Cill Dara throw in and Carlow actually were

awarded a relieving scrum. Carlow won the scrum but then disaster. Instead of

Carlow clearing the ball the lively Cill Dara scrumhalf nicked it and dived over for a

try. The conversion was missed but Cill Dara were ahead for the first time by 8 points

to 6.

For the remainder of the game Carlow’s young side led by Wes Shirley and James

Nolan tried valiantly but couldn’t made a breakthrough. The loss of starting props

Alan Byrne and Larry McGrath resulted in Cill Dara gaining scrum supremacy and

this made Carlow’s task a lot harder.

30 minutes into the 2nd half a back pedalling Carlow scrum enabled Cill Dara in for a

converted try. The score was now Cill Dara 15 Carlow 6. To give them their due

Carlow’s player continued to take the game to their opponents. Conal Slater put in a

couple of good runs but overall Carlow’s efforts lacked cohesion. In the last play of

the game Cill Dara crossed for the third try bringing their tally to 20 points.

While the score at 20 points to 6 flattered Cill Dara few would argue but that they

were the stronger side on the day.

Hopefully Carlow can pick up their spirit again next week when they play New Ross

in the Leinster League in a game postponed from when the Oakpark pitch was flooded

in January.

Ritchie Whyte, Mark Elmes, Jeff McDermott, Simon Walshe, Peter Hennessey,

Fionnan Burke, John Whyte, Larry McGrath, John Farrell, Alan Byrne, Thomas

Whitney, Wes Shirley capt, Niall Bermingham, Thomas Ratahi, James Nolan.

Subs used Ross Byrne, Chris Challe, Mark Furey, Conal Slater.

Carlow Coyotes 10 Old Belvedere 17

The Carlow Coyotes women got a losing bonus point from their game against Old

Belvedere at Oakpark on Sunday but they could easily have won.

Against the wind in the first half Carlow often pressed the Belvedere line but never

got across it. Instead they leaked three tries one of which was converted.

With the wind in the second half Carlow faced a 17 -0 deficit. They got in for two

tries by the excellent Meg Parkinson. Maureen Young narrowly missed the

conversions. Late in the game Carlow dominated territory with Catriona Cassidy

doing great lineout work, but time ran out without Carlow adding to their score.



M Young, R Conville, R Mullins, D Deering, T Kruger, L Doyle M Parkinson, E

Byrne, V Timmons, L O Malley, R Smyth, N Lyons, C Cassidy, J Ardill.S Fitzhenry,

Subs M Matthews, P Byrne, F Cantwell, A O Neill.