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Clonakilty 13 D.L.S.P. 9
Playing with the wind in our backs for the first half we had only two Conor Hickey penalties on the board when we turned round at h alf time. With the exception of one instance when their 13 failed to get a good pass away when a 3 v 1 beckoned out wide they did n’t look like creating chances. They squandered three simple kicks at goal. We had two situations with men through when handling let us down. So what “might have been” a high scoring half finished 6-0. An early penalty gave us a 9 point lead and with the wind abated things were looking up but the Hickey penalty spurned Clon on and after a period of immediate pressure from the restart they took their first and only points from goal attempts. The first 5 minutes of the second half had yielded the same points as the entire first halve. The penalty galvanised Clonakilty and they spent almost the entire second half in our half. The pressure yielded a try mid way through the half, when a smart passing move caught us exposed wide. They maintained the pressure until they got the match winning try mauling over off a line out, with fi ve minutes to go. This sparked a resurgence from Salmo and a series of pick and goes brought the game in to their 22m where we went left and right with ball in hand but Clon tackled resolutely. The last play of the game saw us kick behind to beat their frontline defence but they got to the open space and the ball was hoofed into the next parish. Game over a day of what might have been.
J3 DLSP 17 Greystones 16
The J3s recorded a tight but ultimately deserved win in very difficult weather conditions in Kirwan Park last Friday night, against a typically physical and organised Greystones side. This victory was particularly noteworthy in that it was achieved by a relatively understrength team and against the team closest to Salmo in the table.
Of the two sides, Salmo were the more enterprising and were rewarded with three tries. Gavin Stapleton and Phil Hannigan scored in the first half, the former fro m an excellent lineout maul and the latter from a sweeping counter-attack and support play. Hannigan converted his own try. Stones only first-half scores were three penalties from their excellent place-kicker.
In the second half, play swung to and fro with Salmo marginally on top throughout. Hannigan scored a superb solo 'kick and chase' try to increase the lead to 8 points with 18 minutes on the clock. Stones then piled on the pressure and hit the post with a long-range penalty. Salmo's defence and discipline were excellent however, but Stones scored a try two minutes from the end after dogged Salmo defence for almost 10 minutes in our 22. The conversion was successful and the match went into injury time with the one-point differential. But Salmo withstood the last bouts of pressure and Stephen Stapleton happily threw his big GAA boot to the ball to kick it high into touch (and somewhere in the Dublin mountains) for the final whistle to blow.
Player coaches Byrne and Kavanagh and captain Mitchell were all understandably delighted with the result and are confident that the team will now kick on from here and have a successful second-half of the league campaign.
Many thanks to Stan Bolton for his unstinting support on the sideline in horrendous conditions.
DLSP J4 XV Vs AIB,
8th January 2011,2.30 pm, Kirwan Park.
After the Christmas break, and because of the preceeding bad weather, preparation for this match was always going to be difficult. AIB are never to be underestimated and judging by this seasons annual preseason game for the Brendan Brophy Perpetual Trophy (which we retained) this was never going to be a pretty encouter. Despite all of these hurdles, training had gone well and encouraging numbers had braved the biting cold and we were well prepared. On the day, the weather presented its usual difficulties with a blustery wind and low sun to contend with.
In the first half, AIB won the toss and opted to play against the wind in the first half which gave us a good plan of keeping pressure on them despite playing into the sun. The team as a whole worked hard and it was evident from the outset that the Salmo scrum was formidable. The backs consistantly probed the AIB defence on the wings giving them a defensive headache. The forwards, as always, worked hard recycling the ball and building a strong platform for the first try, which finally came, from John Murray who took his opportunity well after several phases of play. The second try was taken by the ever powerful Peter Tunney who took his try after several hearty drives. Rory (Movies)O`Connor, Gavin Stokes and Chris Madsen were mad for action, and the ball.
The second half started well and it was obvious that the Salmo tempo had not dropped. Couter-rucking and intelligent heads up displays denied AIB the use of the strong wind to their advantage. Rory Howard was denied a try from and "alleged" knock on which deserved the services of a television replay. Alex Clarke at 8 shepherded his scrum and wing forwards with skill and in the latter 40 minutes it was obvious that the scrum was dominant. Darragh Stone caused major defensive problems in the lineout for AIB and despite an aggressive drive at pace was also denied what would have been a well deserved try. Then after having an excellent game converting tries and kicking beautifully all day, the gifted Ultan Waldron badly injured his ankle and was removed by ambulance to hospital resulting in a cast we would all love to sign, he is still expected at training though! As the game rolled on the pressure finally paid off and towards the end of the game, in a show of his power and individual skill, with ball in hand Peter Tunney drove over on his own with AIB defending along their own line. < /strong>
AIB did make brave attempts to foray into Salmo territory throughout the match by kicking through or over the heads of the J4`s but with the likes of Ray Carey at 15 there was little to worry about. With Ray at the back and JZ, Aaron Paisley, Mick Jones and, in particular, Owen O`Leary constantly harrying, tackling and not allowing "Bank" to settle there was only going to be one outcome. At one stage during the second half Mick Jones put in an excellent defensive tackle and I thought I heard everyone of his teeth shatter!
The game was well marshalled by the referee between two teams with a long running rivalry at this level. Not one of the individuals on either team left anything out on the pitch on the 8th of January and AIB , as always are to be commended for their resolve and sportsmanship. The game finished 19-0 to DLSP J4 XV. The highlight of the day, for me, preceded the game when our J5 brothers clapped the J4 team out onto the pitch, as always it is great to have their support. Also, everyone of the J4 team appreciated the return of our sports psychologist/mentor/agent/talisman/agony aunt/masseuse/linesman and poster boy the legend that is John Glennon. Great to have him back!
The J5s were well in command against Clontarf last Saturday when an injury to a Clontarf player caused the match to be abandoned. At that point the score was 21-0. Two tries from Warren McDonagh and one from David Lillis all converted by Seth George made up the scoring. At this point we are awaiting a decision from the Leinster branch if the score will stand.
Filed by Paul Looby
J3 Away t o Barnhall in J3 League with a 14.00 KO
J5 Home to Bective in J5 League with a 14.00 KO
U21 Home to Seapoint in League with a 14.00 KO
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Speedy recovery to Ultan Waldron who broke his leg last Saturday playing for the J4s.
Great to see Leo Lynch the former towering Palmerston second row at the game on Saturday. Now based in Skibereeen he catches us when we’re in that neck of the woods. All the gossip was caught up on and junior games in Clonskeagh recalled. He plans to be up for the Ballymena game on Sat 29th January.