Kanturk RFC
Clonmel RFC
Played At: Kanturk RFC - Date: 2019-01-13     View Report »
Historical Timeline  Clonmel Rugby Football Club, Ardgaoithe, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary       
Ashbourne RFC
Clonmel RFC

Grade: 1st XV Mens

Played on: Sat, 15 Dec 2018 at Ashbourne

BRAVE CLONMEL LOSE OUT TO ASHBOURNE IN STORMY CONDITIONS By James Cronin Ashbourne 25 - Clonmel 5 On a day where winds reached 130 kilometres per hour, and there was ‘ showers with intermittent downpours ‘, Clonmel travelled up to face Ashbourne in the All Ireland Junior Cup semi final. The ball never seemed to bounce Clonmel’s way but nonetheless, Clonmel persevered and never gave up. Ashbourne played with the wind at their backs for the first half, and they made full advantage of it. Storm Diana had an influence on the game and the wind seemed to propel them at Clonmel, and within five minutes, they were five points up. As to be expected on a day like this, forwards dominated and they set up and scored the first and second tries for Ashbourne. They also got a penalty around the thirty-five minute mark to go fifteen up. Clonmel were not going to take that though, and they battled the elements to gain territory up the pitch. It was a slow, arduous affair but eventually, after many a slow carry and dozens of phases, Ian Cunningham went over after Clonmel capitalised on an over lap in the usual stellar Ashbourne defence. This was a different style of play than Clonmel are used to, offloads and flowing back moves were off the table but the teams just had to adapt. Despite large amounts of possession and territory, Clonmel found themselves behind by ten at halftime. However, it felt positive as Clonmel had a low penalty count in comparison to Ashbourne and they would have the wind in their back for the second half. But it wasn’t to be. Clonmel found it extremely hard to string together any sort of attack in the second half as they lost their scrum dominance, and weren’t willing to kick in fear of losing their hard earned possession. Ashbourne controlled the game, in attack and defence. Once again Clonmel kept fighting, despite everything being stacked against them and a yellow card after sixty minutes. But Ashbourne just kept going. They scored two hard fought tries that brought the score to 25-5. And so it was at the final whistle. Ashbourne were deserving of their place in the final. Clonmel will be disappointed with the result but can be proud of the performance. They have plenty of positives to take from this game. Clonmel RFC 1) Mikie Lonergan 2) Gareth Mulcahy 3) David O'Gorman 4) James Corbett 5) Eddie Phelan 6) Tony Cantwell 7) Philly Ryan 8) Stephen Pyke 9) Alex Sheehan 10) Luke Noonan 11) Conor Pearson 12) Ian Cunningham 13) Andrew Daly 14) Greg Carroll 15) Darren Cass 16) Stan Hayes 17) Cian Maguire 18) Shay Van Dam 19) James Keogh 20) Dylan Cadogan

There was No Winner of This Weeks Lotto Jackpot. Nos drawn were 4 20 24 26 . There were 2 match 3s. Next Draw 22nd January Jackpot €16,000
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