Thursday November 9, 2017
9th Nov 2017
Sat 11th November 2.30pm (Away)
All Ireland Junior Cup
1st Mens XV Ashbourne RFC v Clonmel RFC
Womens XV: Clonmel 17 Shannon 17
Mens 1st XV: Kilfeacle 22 Clonmel 22
Mens 2nds XV Clonmel 44 Thurles 0
THE GREAT ESCAPE
What a game we witnessed today up in the Hill that is Kilfeacle.
Clonmel travelled to Kilfeacle on Sunday last for the eagerly awaited league fixture. Clonmel sat top of the league and Kilfeacle were in second. This was truly a battle of the big guns
The opening 15 minutes saw both teams testing one another both in attack and defence but it was Clonmel who got the opening try after putting Kilfeacle under fierce pressure. Dynamic number 8 Stephen Pyke barged his way over the line for a great try but the conversion was missed. Clonmel 5 Kilfeacle 0
From the kick off, Clonmel gathered and rucked out of their 22 where Out-Half Dylan Cadogon's kick for touch was blocked down and Kilfeacle dived over for a try to leave the game poised at 5 points all.
Kilfeacle again attacked the Clonmel line and after a lovely move scored in the corner which was converted. It was now 12 points to Kilfeacle Clonmel 5
Kilfeacle now with their tails up continued to drive at the Clonmel line and got their reward with another try and added the points - Kilfeacle 19 points Clonmel 5. With half time approaching Clonmel were awarded a penalty and Dylan Cadogan converted to leave the half time score Kilfeacle 19 points Clonmel 8
In the second half Kilfeacle with their out half controlling play kicked to the Clonmel corner and were awarded a penalty which they kicked to go further ahead by what seemed an insurmountable 22 points to 5.
With five minutes left on the clock, Clonmel looked dead and buried and with time running out brought on experienced forwards Ronan Crosse and David O'Gorman who straight away took the game to Kilfeacle with drive after drive up the centre. This paid off when Stephen Pyke bagged his second of the game. Cadogan converted once more and their was now only one score in it.
Kilfeacle felt the pressure and Clonmel kept pinning them down in their 22 with runs by Nick Thomson and Luke Noonan. Eventually two minutes into injury time, Noonan scored. Now, the big gathering held their breath for the conversion from the side line but it was no problem for young Dylan Cadogan who kicked a beauty to bring the game to an end at 22 points all.
This was an unbelievable come back from Clonmel who keep their great run going and still sit on top of the most competitive league in years. There are now only 3 points separating the top 4 teams of Clonmel, Richmond, Bandon and Kilfeacle.
Well done to all players and coaches on a great come back which showed no shortage of both tenacity and composure.
Clonmel Team: 15.Nicolas Thomson 14.Greg Carroll 13.Luke Hogan 12.Luke Noonan 11.Paul Denn 10.Dylan Cadogan 9.Alex Sheehan 1.Billy OKelly 2.Robert Coates 3.Niall Campion 4.Neville Melbourne 5.Tony Cantwell 6.Diarmuid Devaney 7.John Gallagher 8.Stephen Pyke Subs 16.Sean Sweetman 17.David OGorman 18.Ronan Cross 19.Patrick OConnor 20.Dean Slattery
Clonmel’s Ladies’ team were unlucky to only draw against league toppers Shannon. The women had two tries disallowed but still managed to draw 17 all. They are still unbeaten for the season.
The seconds’ team had a comfortable 44-0 win over Thurles. This continues their recent run of good form. Well done to all.
(Acknowledgement to The Nationalist for report)