Tries: Stephen O’Neill 2, Kyle McCoy, James O’Donoghue 2; Cons: James Thornton 3; Pen: James Thornton
Tries: Charlie Rock, Aaron Sheehan, Daniel Riordan, David Mongan; Cons: Josh Glynn, Shane McDonald; Pen: Josh Glynn
Ian Hanly; James O’Donoghue, Stephen O’Neill, Graham Coffey, Harry Moore; James Thornton, Kevin O’Neill; Jonathan Barretto, Kevin Buckley, Conor McCormick, Fergal Walsh, John Dever, Robert Duke, James O’Neill, Kyle McCoy.
Replacements used: Shane Donovan for O’Donoghue (40+6 mins), O’Donoghue for Donovan (half-time), Rory Harrison for Barretto, Robbie Smyth for Buckley (both 55), Mark O’Neill for K O’Neill (66), Kevin O’Dwyer for Dever (74), K O’Neill for Thornton (79).
Daniel Riordan; Josh Glynn, Rory O’Loughlin, Aidan Wynne, Shane McDonald; Aaron Sheehan, Charlie Rock; Adam Howard, Cathal O’Flynn, DeclanLavery, Jack Kelly, Conor Owende, Michael Oyuga, Kieran O’Gorman, Jonathan Slattery.
Replacements used: David Mongan for Glynn (35 mins), Pat O’Regan for Howard, Alan Trenier for Owende, John Kennedy for Wynne (all half-time), Killian O’Neill for O’Flynn (55), Wynne for Riordan (60-70), Howard for Lavery (70).
However, in stark contrast to their most recent
it was actually ‘Belvo who enjoyed the brighter opening here. Having moved through several phases of play, they were eventually awarded a close range penalty and the in-form Josh Glynn comfortably slotted the fifth minute kick between the uprights.
Terenure started to get their hands on some valuable possession, but when a pass out of the defence was miscued, exuberant ‘Belvo scrum half Charlie Rock was in the right position to gather the ball and cross for an unconverted 10th minute try on the right wing.
To their credit, ‘Nure hit back within three minutes as a well-worked move across the opposition saw out-half James Thornton put outside centre Stephen O’Neill through for a five-pointer in the right corner.
After a mixed start to the season, ‘Belvo were now playing with great confidence. Terenure always showed plenty of resilience, however, and a dangerous maul on the half hour was finished off by number 8 Kyle McCoy for their sixth try of the league run which Thornton converted.
The out-half also added the extras to James O’Donoghue’s first try in the latter stages of the half. Brilliant build-up play by Kevin O’Neill and Stephen O’Neill enabled the winger to dot down on the left flank. With the conversion, James Blaney’s charges were suddenly four points to the good (19-15) at half-time.
This was a significant morale boost for the home team and with Old Belvedere losing Glynn to injury before the break, there was a sense that the pendulum was starting to swing in the direction of the league leaders.
Indeed, ‘Nure carried this momentum into the second period and it came as no surprise when the hard work of Graham Coffey set up his centre partner Stephen O’Neill for the bonus point score just five minutes after the restart.
This was a reminder to ‘Nure that the final outcome was not yet beyond doubt, and a Thornton penalty nine minutes later was much welcomed by the anxious home support.
However, it did not prove to be the insurance score that they thought it might be. After a number of missed opportunities, replacement David Mongan, who had taken Glynn’s place on the right-win, registered a converted score for ‘Belvo to narrow the gap to just two points.
This was also the visitors’ fourth try of the day which meant that they would return to Anglesea Road with at least two point to their name.
During a lengthy period of injury-time Paul Cunningham’s men did have plenty of possession but following some patient work in defence, O’Donoghue scored a brilliant breakaway try to finally confirm Terenure’s superiority.
Referee: Mark Connolly (IRFU)