JP Fanagan Qualifier News

JP Fanagan Qualifier News

(06 Oct 2019)

Our U20s quest to qualify for division 2 of the JP Fanagan League came to an end today at a sun-drenched Kirwan Park as they went down swinging with a 13-19 defeat to Galway Corinthians RFC.

Salmo started brightly and were on the scoreboard within 2 minutes as James Kos burst down the right wing and touched down in the corner. Corinthians hit back and took the lead on 10 mins when they powered over close to the posts with the conversion just clearing the crossbar to make it 5-7 in their favour.

Nathan Slattery put the home side back in front when he crossed in the left corner as we approached the twenty minute mark before some sustained pressure in the home side's 22 lead to Corinthians rumbling over under the posts on the half hour and we turned around 10-14.

Cameron Stewart reduced the deficit to 13-14 with a super long-range penalty kick in the 55th minute but the visitors' third try on the hour pushed them back out to 13-19 and, despite throwing everything they had at it, Salmo were unable to turn one of a number of opportunities into further points.

Speaking after the game, Director of Rugby Norman Byrne, said "Unfortunately today we came up just short, a game we could and probably should have won. But I’m delighted that the boys wanted to have a crack at the qualifiers and they certainly did that. We happily move on to our Premier 3 league campaign now and our aim is to win it; it’ll be tough but I feel that the lads are well capable of it. We would like to acknowledge the great support from everyone at the club today, it is hugely appreciated by the players and the management team."

Our full gallery from the game is here:

While we have you, just a note that our President's Dinner will take place on Friday 25th October at 8:00PM so please make a note in your diaries for what is always a great evening.

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