2nd Team V Kinsale Muskerry Cup 7th Sept 2019   12/09/2019

On Saturday evening last Clonakilty 2nd Team made the trip to Kinsale to play the locals in the quarter final of the Muskerry Cup. Fielding 5 young players who were playing their first game at adult level as well as a number of more "seasoned" campaigners meant the team contained a nice mixture of youth and experience.

Clon fell behind to an early Kinsale try but things soon began to settle down as the visiting pack got on top. A try in the corner from Ruslan brought the teams level and shortly afterwards Clon hit the front when, following a period of sustained pressure, Michael Peter O' Regan crashed over for their second try. Shortly before the half time whistle Cathal O' Regan scored Clon's third try meaning the half time score read Kinsale 5 Clonakilty 17.

The second half was equally entertaining; with both teams looking to move the ball on what was a beautiful evening for rugby. A penalty by debutant Thomas Tyner put Clon's lead out to 20-5 and this was the way the game finished.

The Clon 2nd team had a great season last year and are looking to build on this in an effort to support the 1st team as well as enjoy the bond and atmosphere that is very evident among the players. The front row of Ruslan, Cathal O' Regan and Jack Ryan were very dominant while the second row pairing of Doran and Jacob Lehane (a real gem) were outstanding.The back row of Michael Peter O' Regan, Moss Downey and Ger McCarthy gave a clear reminder to the First Team Coaches that they fully intend to make life uncomfortable for their counter parts on the first team.

The new half back partnership of Rob Downey (who won one great lineout ball) and Olan Fehily kept the team on the front foot while first centre Peter Deane ran some aggressive lines and seriously tested the Kinsale defence on numerous occassions. Jamie Santry looked like he has been playing at this level for years while wings Danny Murphy and Ben Hodgkins made some great runs and were rock solid in defence. Oisin Walsh made a very welcome return at full back and did not put a foot wrong all evening.

Thomas Tyner showed how much of a "team player" he is by stepping in as an emergency out half and he got more confident as the game went on. Matthew McCarthy showed why he is rated so highly by the Munster U19 coaching set up and Phil Henchy, Michael Whelton and Conor Murphy all gave the team a great lift when introduced. The excellent discipline of the players was a notable feature of the game. The team were due to play Kanturk in the semi-final this Sunday but Kanturk have conceded putting Clonakilty forward to the final of the Muskerry Cup to be set for a later date.


Donal Mac Sweeney Club Captain 2018/19

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