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
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
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.