Ulster Bank League Division 1A: Lansdowne V Cork Constitution – The Evening Echo – October 9 2017

Easy impresses as Con fall short against Lansdowne

AIL RUGBY

Daire Walsh

SCOTT DEASY came back to haunt his former club on the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch yesterday afternoon, when Lansdowne got the better of defending champions Cork Constitution in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League.

Deasy was a member of Con up until 2013, and he broke the deadlock with a fifth-minute penalty. He double the lead with another three-pointer before the visitors opened their account in spectacular style just past the first-quarter mark.

Skipper Niall Kenneally and full-back Shane Daly helped spread the ball out to left-winger Ned Hodson, who used his blistering pace to race over the whitewash for an unconverted try. This cut the gap to the bare minimum, but after Lansdowne’s Fergal Cleary picked up possession in the latter stages of the opening period, he drove over the line in clinical fashion.

There was enough time for Deasy to increase the south Dublin side’s lead to nine points (14-5) in time for the interval, but despite coming under pressure when the action resumed, Con worked their way back into contention just past the hour.

Kevin O’Byrne has spent time in the sin-bin with flanker Graeme Lawlor, and following Quinlan’s kick to touch from a close-range penalty, the Munster hooker brilliantly spun away from a line-out maul to crash over in the right-corner.

Following some hesitancy by the Con defence in the 68th-minute, Deasy added his fourth penalty of the tie from close-range. This opened up a seven-point gap between the teams, and a Deasy try in the 77th-minute ensured that Con ultimately fell to their second defeat of the current campaign.

Scorers for Lansdowne: S Deasy try, 4 pens, con, F Cleary try.

Scorers for Cork Constitution: N Hodson, K O’Byrne try each.

LANSDOWNE: E Mills; D McEvoy, I Fitzpatrick, F Cleary, F Horan; S Deasy, A Bennie; P Dooley, T Moran, I Prendiville; O Dowling, J O’Rourke; J Dwan, C Butterworth, W Earle.

Replacements: J O’Sullivan for Dowling (29), C Rock for Bennie (58), N Mpiko for Dooley (61), H Brennan for Fitzpatrick (62), Dooley for Prendiville (81).

CORK CONSTITUTION: S Daly; L O’Connell, A McHenry, N Kenneally, N Hodson; T Quinlan, J Higgins; B Quinlan, K O’Byrne, G Sweeney; B Hayes, C Kindregan; E Mintern, G Lawlor, L Cahill.

Replacements: G Duffy for Sweeney (38), R Jermyn for Hodson (half-time), V O’Brien for Mintern (44), S Duffy for O’Brien (51), Mintern for S Duffy (68), O’Brien for O’Byrne, A Moynihan for Higgins (both 78).

Referee: M Patton (IRFU).

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Ulster Bank League Division 1A: Lansdowne V Cork Constitution – The Irish Examiner – October 9 2017

Scott Deasy returns to haunt Cork Con

Lansdowne 24 Cork Constitution 10: Scott Deasy came back to scupper his former club on the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch yesterday as Lansdowne earned a 24-10 win over Ulster Bank League champions Cork Constitution.

The experienced out-half was a Con player up until his departure from Munster in 2013, and his 19-point haul proved decisive for Mike Ruddock’s charges as they stayed within two points of leaders Terenure College at the top of the Division 1A table.

Deasy broke the deadlock with a successful fifth-minute penalty from 35 metres out, and he doubled his side’s lead with another three-pointer at the end of the first quarter.

However, Con opened their account in spectacular style on 21 minutes. Skipper Niall Kenneally and full-back Shane Daly, who was back from Ireland Sevens duty, helped spread the ball out wide to winger Ned Hodson who used a burst of pace to cross the whitewash for an unconverted try. Now only a point behind, Con had to defend closing in on half-time and Lansdowne duly made the pressure count.

After he picked up possession on the left, Lansdowne centre Fergal Cleary drove over the line in clinical fashion. Deasy’s conversion was wide of the mark, but with Con hooker Kevin O’Byrne joined by his team-mate Graeme Lawler in the sin-bin, Deasy’s late penalty handed the headquarters club a 14-5 lead.

Although Lansdowne dominated possession for the majority of the third quarter, the visitors managed to hold firm under severe pressure. Indeed, after Con out-half Tomas Quinlan opted for touch just past the hour, O’Byrne brilliantly spun away from a lineout maul to crash over in the right corner. Quinlan was narrowly with his conversion attempt.

Nonetheless, following some hesitancy by the Con defence 12 minutes from time, Deasy added his fourth penalty from close range. This opened up a seven-point advantage before a Deasy try in the 77th minute ensured that Lansdowne maintained their unbeaten start to the new league campaign. Brian Hickey’s men, who had won on their two most recent visits to the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch, did push for a losing bonus point in the closing stages, but they were unable to deliver and their second defeat has dropped them down to fifth place.

Meanwhile, backs coach James Downey was back in the blue and red of Clontarf as they returned to winning ways in Division 1A with a 26-6 bonus point victory at home to Buccaneers on Saturday. Leinster hooker Bryan Byrne was one of ’Tarf’s four try scorers as they bounced back from their 51-17 thrashing by Garryowen last week

Two-try out-half Mark O’Neill was the scoring star for table toppers Terenure College during their 27-20 win over Garryowen at Lakelands while Dublin University erased an early 14-point deficit to brilliantly claim the scalp of Young Munster (21-17) at Tom Clifford Park for a second year in a row.

n Recent Munster signing Ciaran Parker was among seven different try scorers for Division 1B leaders Shannon as they hammered Dolphin 52-0 on Thomond Park’s back pitch. Tom Hayes’ in-form side amassed 52 points during the closing hour of the game, with former Nenagh Ormond winger Eathon Moloney touching down twice.

Ulster prospect Johnny McPhillips converted four tries and kicked two penalties in Ballynahinch’s 34-17 dismissal of UL Bohemians, while James Taylor was the toast of UCC after his brace of penalties saw the students overcome Naas 13-5 at Forenaughts.

Scorers for Lansdowne:

Tries: Fergal Cleary, Scott Deasy; Con: Scott Deasy; Pen: Scott Deasy 4

Scorers for Cork Constitution: 

Tries: Ned Hodson, Kevin O’Byrne HT: Lansdowne 14 Cork Constitution 5

LANSDOWNE:

Eamonn Mills; Daniel McEvoy, Ian Fitzpatrick, Fergal Cleary, Foster Horan; Scott Deasy, Alan Bennie; Peter Dooley, Tyrone Moran, Ian Prendiville (capt), Oisín Dowling, Josh O’Rourke, Jack Dwan, Charlie Butterworth, Willie Earle.

Replacements used:

Jack O’Sullivan for Dowling (29 mins), Charlie Rock for Bennie (58), Ntinga Mpiko for Dooley (61), Harry Brennan for Fitzpatrick, Dooley for Prendiville (80+1).

CORK CONSTITUTION:

Shane Daly; Liam O’Connell, Alex McHenry, Niall Kenneally (capt), Ned Hodson; Tomas Quinlan, Jason Higgins; Brendan Quinlan, Kevin O’Byrne, Ger Sweeney, Brian Hayes, Conor Kindregan, Evan Mintern, Graeme Lawler, Luke Cahill.

Replacements used:

Gavin Duffy for Sweeney (38 mins), Rob Jermyn for Hodson (half-time), Vincent O’Brien for Mintern (44), Sean Duffy for O’Brien (51), Mintern for S Duffy (68), O’Brien for O’Byrne, A Moynihan for Higgins (both 78).

Referee:

Mark Patton (IRFU)

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Ulster Bank League Division 1A: Lansdowne V Cork Constitution – Irishrugby.ie – October 8 2017

LANSDOWNE 24 CORK CONSTITUTION 10, Aviva Stadium back pitch (played on Sunday)
Scorers: Lansdowne: Tries: Fergal Cleary, Scott Deasy; Con: Scott Deasy; Pen: Scott Deasy 4
Cork Constitution: Tries: Ned Hodson, Kevin O’Byrne

HT: Lansdowne 14 Cork Constitution 5

Division 1A title holders Cork Constitution suffered their second defeat of the new season as Lansdowne’s Scott Deasy came back to haunt his former club this afternoon.

The experienced out-half was a Con player up until his departure from Munster in 2013, and his 19-point haul proved decisive for Mike Ruddock’s charges as they stayed within two points of leaders Terenure College at the summit.

Deasy broke the deadlock on the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch with a fifth minute penalty from 35 metres out, and he doubled the lead with another three-pointer at the end of the first quarter. However, Con were starting to bring their backs into the play and they opened their account in spectacular style on 21 minutes.

Skipper Niall Kenneally and full-back Shane Daly, who was back from Ireland Sevens duty, helped to spread the ball out wide to left winger Ned Hodson who used a burst of pace to cross the whitewash for an unconverted try. Now only a point behind, Con had to defend closing in on half-time and Lansdowne duly made the pressure count.

After he picked up possession on the left, Lansdowne centre Fergal Cleary drove over the line in clinical fashion. Deasy’s conversion was wide of the mark, but with Con hooker Kevin O’Byrne joined by his team-mate Graeme Lawler in the sin-bin, Deasy’s late penalty handed the headquarters club a 14-5 lead.

Although Lansdowne dominated possession for the majority of the third quarter, the visitors managed to hold firm under severe pressure. Indeed, after Con out-half Tomas Quinlan opted for touch just past the hour, O’Byrne brilliantly spun away from a lineout maul to crash over in the right corner. Quinlan was narrowly with his conversion attempt.

Nonetheless, following some hesitancy by the Con defence 12 minutes from time, Deasy added his fourth penalty of the afternoon from close range. This opened up a seven-point advantage before a Deasy try in the 77th minute ensured that Lansdowne maintained their unbeaten start to the new league campaign.

Brian Hickey’s men, who had won on their two most recent visits to the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch, did push for a losing bonus point in the closing stages, but they were unable to deliver and their second defeat has dropped them down to fifth place.

LANSDOWNE: Eamonn Mills; Daniel McEvoy, Ian Fitzpatrick, Fergal Cleary, Foster Horan; Scott Deasy, Alan Bennie; Peter Dooley, Tyrone Moran, Ian Prendiville (capt), Oisin Dowling, Josh O’Rourke, Jack Dwan, Charlie Butterworth, Willie Earle.

Replacements: Jack Dinneen, Ntinga Mpiko, Jack O’Sullivan, Charlie Rock, Harry Brennan.

CORK CONSTITUTION: Shane Daly; Liam O’Connell, Alex McHenry, Niall Kenneally (capt), Ned Hodson; Tomas Quinlan, Jason Higgins; Brendan Quinlan, Kevin O’Byrne, Ger Sweeney, Brian Hayes, Conor Kindregan, Evan Mintern, Graeme Lawler, Luke Cahill.

Replacements: Vincent O’Brien, Gavin Duffy, Sean Duffy, Aidan Moynihan, Rob Jermyn.

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Ulster Bank League Division 1A: Clontarf V Buccaneers – Irishrugby.ie – October 8 2017

CLONTARF 26 BUCCANEERS 6, Castle Avenue
Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Bryan Byrne, Michael Noone, Cian O’Donoghue, Matt D’Arcy; Cons: David Joyce 3
Buccaneers: Pens: Luke Carty 2

HT: Clontarf 12 Buccaneers 0

Backs coach James Downey was back in the blue and red of Clontarf as they returned to winning ways in Ulster Bank League Division 1A with a 26-6 bonus point victory at home to Buccaneers.

Hammered 51-17 last week by Garryowen, ‘Tarf called on the 36-year-old Downey, who has dual status as Monkstown player-coach in the Leinster Junior League, to start at centre in his first outing for the Castle Avenue club in 11 years.

The well-travelled Downey, who retired as a professional in May 2016, helped ‘Tarf take a 12-0 lead into the interval. Buccaneers welcomed back Ireland Sevens star Jordan Conroy from injury but prop Conor Kenny was stretchered off in an early setback for Darin Claasen’s side.

Out-halves David Joyce and Luke Carty both missed penalty attempts, with the latter losing his half-back partner Frankie Hopkins to injury, before Clontarf found their form with a two-try salvo just before half-time.

Number 8 Michael Noone powered over for the first try after a series of five-metre scrums. Joyce converted and then Leinster hooker Bryan Byrne, who played for the province last week, added a second try from a well-executed lineout maul.

With winger Conroy’s influence beginning to grow, Buccs had the better of the exchanges early in the second period. The wind-backed Carty went for goal from just inside his own half and nailed the penalty in superb fashion. Following further indiscipline from the ‘Tarf defence, he cut the gap to 12-6 with a routine place-kick.

However, the Pirates, who remain without a win after four rounds, were on the receiving end of a double blow straight from the restart. A strong Byrne carry brought the home side into scoring range and then Matt D’Arcy’s neat pass put Cian O’Donoghue through for a try in the left corner.

Buccs captain Shane Layden was sin-binned in the aftermath of the score and with Joyce adding the extras, ‘Tarf set sail for the finish line. To their credit, the midlanders never allowed their work-rate to drop and the 69th minute sin-binning of ‘Tarf replacement scrum half Hugh O’Sullivan offered them a potential lifeline.

Nonetheless, Clontarf boss Andy Wood reintroduced Andrew Feeney in the absence of O’Sullivan and he combined brilliantly with Downey to set up a D’Arcy try – his fourth of the campaign – under the posts. Joyce converted the bonus point score to round it up to a 20-point winning margin.

CLONTARF: Conor Jennings; Rob McGrath, James Downey, Matt D’Arcy, Cian O’Donoghue; David Joyce, Andrew Feeney; Ivan Soroka, Bryan Byrne, Vakh Abdaladze, Cormac Daly, Ben Reilly (capt), Tony Ryan, Adrian D’Arcy, Michael Noone.

Replacements: Dylan Donnellan, Neil Reilly, Royce Burke-Flynn, Hugh O’Sullivan, James McKeown.

BUCCANEERS: Rory O’Connor; Thomas McGann, Shane Layden (capt), Alan Gaughan, Jordan Conroy; Luke Carty, Frankie Hopkins; Martin Staunton, John Sutton, Conor Kenny, Ruairi Byrne, Cian Romaine, Ronan Farrell, Simon Meagher, Paul Boyle.

Replacements: Rory Grenham, Conan O’Donnell, Evan Galvin, Eoin O’Reilly, Sean Dempsey.

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Ulster Bank League Division 1A: UCD V St Mary’s College – Irishrugby.ie – October 8 2017

UCD 22 ST. MARY’S COLLEGE 23, Belfield Bowl (played on Friday)
Scorers: UCD: Tries: Harry McNulty, Jamie Glynn, Matthew Gilsenan; Cons: Ciaran Frawley 2; Pen: Ciaran Frawley
St. Mary’s College: Tries: Dave Fanagan, Myles Carey; Cons: Sean Kearns 2; Pens: Sean Kearns 3

HT: UCD 12 St. Mary’s College 10

Sean Kearns’ 13 points from the tee helped St. Mary’s College edge out hosts UCD – 23-22 – in a compelling Division 1A contest at the Belfield Bowl on Friday night.

The influential out-half was a key figure as the Peter Burke-coached Mary’s team recovered from back-to-back defeats, keeping up their fine recent record against the students who lost twice to them last season.

With Ireland Sevens internationals Billy Dardis and Harry McNulty returning to the UCD back-three, the home side bossed possession early on but Ciaran Frawley was narrowly wide with his first penalty attempt, from a tight angle.

The deadlock was broken by Mary’s in the 16th minute, their first serious attack seeing teenage winger Craig Kennedy surge into the UCD half and full-back Dave Fanagan gathered his offload to speed over in the right corner in superb fashion. Kearns swept over a terrific touchline conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Kearns increased his influence with a well-struck penalty from the 10-metre line, before UCD finally breached the visitors’ defensive line just past the half hour mark. At the end of a sustained spell of pressure, winger McNulty burst down the left flank to finish off an incisive team move, with the conversion missed by out-half Frawley.

However, Frawley was on target when he comfortably added the extras to captain Jamie Glynn’s try as half-time approached. As UCD began to dictate the flow of the game, centre Glynn intercepted a wayward Mary’s pass out of defence to claim his third try of the campaign and make it 12-10 to the students.

Some excellent work by the Ciaran Ruddock-led pack sparked Mary’s response on the resumption, Kearns firing his side back in front with his third successful penalty in the 50th minute. The dynamic number 10 added his fourth from a similar position just outside the 22, barely four minutes later.

UCD, who had brought on Leinster and Ireland prop Andrew Porter and Academy back rower Josh Murphy at the start of the second half, had to chase the game once more.

There was plenty of rugby left to play and Frawley’s crisp 57th-minute penalty closed the gap to a single point, Mary’s leading 16-15. Try-scoring opportunities were few and far between in a tense and tightly-contested final quarter.

With the clock ticking down, it was Mary’s who were making the attacking inroads and they went through several phases close to the UCD posts. Although a series of pack drives failed to produce a score, replacement Conor Gilsenan’s pinpoint cross-field kick in the 75th minute sought out Myles Carey, a member of last year’s St. Mary’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup team, on the right wing and the youngster acrobatically got his hands to the ball to ground it for a crucial try, converted superbly by Kearns.

Kearns’ fifth successful kick of the night had Mary’s ahead by more than a converted score, but UCD fought hard for a last-minute losing bonus point when Matthew Gilsenan, a brother of Mary’s squad member Conor Gilsenan, powered over the line for Frawley to convert and bring this eventful encounter to a close.

UCD: Billy Dardis; Stephen Kilgallen, Jamie Glynn (capt), Stephen Murphy, Harry McNulty; Ciaran Frawley, Nick Peters; Rory Mulvihill, Sean McNulty, Jeremy Loughman, Brian Cawley, Emmet MacMahon, Jonny Guy, Alex Penny, Stephen McVeigh.

Replacements: Gordon Frayne, Andrew Porter, Josh Murphy, Matthew Gilsenan, Tom Fletcher.

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE: Dave Fananga; Myles Carey, Darren Moroney, Ryan O’Loughlin, Craig Kennedy; Sean Kearns, Paddy O’Driscoll; Tom O’Reilly, Richard Halpin, Adam Coyle, Ciaran Ruddock (capt), David O’Connor, David Aspil, Nick McCarthy, Jack Dilger.

Replacements: Stephen O’Brien, Jack Aungier, Daragh McDonnell, Conor Gilsenan, Conor Dean.

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My Club: City Of Derry RFC – Moss Dineen (City Of Derry RFC Vice-Chairman Of Rugby Development) – In Touch Magazine – October 6 2017

CLUB SCENE: MY CLUB

By DAIRE WALSH

CITY OF DERRY RFC

Judges Rd,

Londonderry,

BT47 6LN,

UK

EXCITING times lie ahead for City of Derry RFC after it was recently announced that the Ulster Bank League Division 2B club have signed a major sponsorship deal with YouTube sensation Craig Thompson.

Thompson, who has four million subscribers under the name ‘Mini Ladd’ on the video-sharing website, will offer City of Derry a funding package in the region of £400,000, and the club grounds at Judge’s Road have also been renamed in his honour.

Trevor Will’s Derry began life at the Craig Thompson Stadium with an Ulster derby win over Belfast Harlequins, and the club’s Vice-Chairman of Rugby Development, Moss Dineen, is aware of how significant this deal will be.

“Sponsorship is very hard to come by nowadays. You’ve got to be innovative as well. Craig Thompson, he played rugby in Foyle College. He’s from Eglinton, which is a few miles down the road from us. We’ve got a 10-year deal with him, which is worth a lot of money,” explained Dineen.

“It’s an opportunity to promote our club, the game of rugby in our club, and our city all over the world. When he’s vlogging, he’ll be using a City of Derry rugby jersey with his name on it and his logo on it.”

A native of Abbeydorney, Co Kerry, Gaelic football and hurling were initially the sports of choice for Dineen. However, since his move to Derry all of 43 years ago, he has been a driving force on and off the pitch for Derry.

“I come from Kerry originally. I would have played hurling and football. I went to school in Dublin, Belcamp College on the Malahide Road. Then I went to work in Birmingham, and I would have played with Dick Spring (there) actually. We played hurling together.

“Then I met a girl from Derry, and I came to Derry in ’74. I think within about six or seven months, I was playing senior rugby against (Willie John) McBride, coming back from the ’74 Lions tour. I played senior rugby for about 10 years.”

In addition to their sponsorship deal, City of Derry are currently applying for Peace IV funding for a proposed North West Centre for Sport and Well-Being, and Dineen revealed that the club have a plan to bring the All-Blacks to the club – if Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid is successful.

He added: “Our idea was to have a stadium on our grounds that crosses all sports. We’re going to set up a social enterprise company to run the project afterwards. They said it’s going to be called the North West Centre for Sport and Well-Being.

“For the 2023 World Cup bid in November, I’m on the submission from Derry, along with the council and the GAA, to bring the pool stages to Derry. Also to probably bring the All Blacks to Derry. Our new development would be a massive incentive for them to come to Derry”.

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Dublin Schools Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Round-Up: The Evening Herald – October 5 2017

GAELIC GAMES: DUBLIN SCHOOLS SENIOR ‘B’ HC

Nure boys are best in derby test

Daire Walsh

TERENURE College kick-started their Dublin Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship campaign in style last Thursday afternoon, as they claimed a comprehensive 3-18 to 1-14 triumph over St Colmcille’s CS.

‘Nure were winners of this competition as recently as 2015, and it was Colmcille’s they overcame in the final on that occasion.

Indeed, they continue to be familiar opponents, with the vast majority of players from both sides playing their club hurling for Ballyboden St Enda’s.

However, it was a first-half goal by dynamic Faughs attacker Conor Gilmour that helped Terenure to develop a 1-9 to 0-8 interval lead.

SIGNIFICANT

Seamus Noone of St Jude’s also posed a significant threat to the Colmcille’s defence, but thanks to the dead-ball accuracy of Conor O’Donoghue, the Scholarstown Road boys remained in touch for much of the contest.

He finished with a personal tally of 0-10, but with county minor star Luke McDwyer matching that for their rivals, they couldn’t quite establish a consistent foothold in the play.

Noone’s 0-4 salvo was crucial for Terenure, and with points from Kevin Desmond and Cillian Kirwan being supplemented by second period goals courtesy of Ciaran Reilly and Gilmour, they came away with a well-deserved win.

Terenure will now move forward to a second Roinn One encounter with Castleknock CC at St Brigid’s GAA (Russell Park) later today, knowing that another victory will guarantee them automatic passage to the semi-final stage.

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Dublin Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Round-Up: The Evening Herald – October 5 2017

GAELIC GAMES: DUBLIN SCHOOLS SENIOR ‘A’ HC

Unbeaten Eoin book a semi slot

Daire Walsh

DEFENDING champions Colaiste Eoin booked their place in the semi-final of the Dublin Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship on Tuesday afternoon, when they defeated Colaiste Eanna in a tricky away assignment.

The Gaelscoil had secured a commanding 2-20 to 0-7 victory against St Benildus College in their opening group game of the competition, but they were facing an Eanna side that also had a win under their belts.

In a high-scoring encounter with Benildus last week, Eanna prevailed with 11 points to spare (6-15 to 5-7). Ciarán Cashman, Daniel O’Riordan and Cian Corcoran all registered two goals apiece, while Enda Cashman also delivered a powerful performance from wing-back. This set things up perfectly for their meeting with Eoin, during which they caused a number of problems for Aodan De Paor’s charges.

However, with Donnacha O Muireadaigh, Seamus O Fiachna and Jack O Tuama all chipping in with vital scores, Colaiste Eoin recorded a hard-earned 2-21 to 3-15 success.

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Dublin Junior Football ‘D’ Championship Final: Kilmacud Crokes V Starlights – The Evening Herald – October 3 2017

KEVIN KING FOR CROKES

O’Carroll leads Kilmacud to win

DUBLIN JFC ‘D’ FINAL

KILMACUD CROKES……………………………1-14

STARLIGHTS……………………………………..1-10

Daire Walsh

AN impressive performance from corner-forward Kevin O’Carroll was crucial for Kilmacud Crokes at Chanel on Sunday afternoon, as the Stillorgan men secured the Dublin Junior ‘D’ Football Championship title at the expense of Starlights.

O’Carroll was joined in the Crokes full-forward line by the evergreen Ken Garvey and former Dublin captain Paul Griffin – who won an All-Ireland senior club title with the southside outfit in 2009.

O’Carroll opened the scoring with a fourth-minute free, and though Starlights produced an immediate response to this score through Gavin Harris, Crokes moved back in front with quickfire efforts by midfielder, former Dublin U21 Declan Kelleher, son of 1970s Dubs hero Robbie, and O’Carroll.

Starlights kept in touch against a strong breeze with a neat Evan King score, and even though Crokes centre-forward Conor Burns split the posts with the outside of his right boot, Harris subsequently kicked his second point of the tie.

Indeed, Starlights (who were Junior ‘E’ championship winners in 2016) would eventually take the lead on 14 minutes, when wing-forward Sean Byrne coolly slotted a penalty beyond the reach of John Keville.

Swapped scores between Griffin and Stephen McAllister ensured that Starlights held onto a 1-4 to 0-5 cushion, before Griffin turned provider for an 18th-minute Crokes goal. He reacted sharply after a Garvey shot hit the woodwork, and he hand-passed across for the waiting O’Carroll to palm home.

This provided Crokes with considerable momentum, and thanks to unanswered points by O’Carroll (three) and Fergus Mangan, they brought a 1-9 to 1-4 advantage into the break. The strength of the elements meant that Starlights couldn’t be ruled out of contention, and a point by Byrne straight from the resumption cut the gap down to four points.

CONFIDENT

Crokes were in a confident mood because of their impressive end to the opening period though, and three points in as many minutes by O’Carroll, Kelleher and Garvey reinforced their superiority.

Starlights found scores hard to come by as the half developed, but they finally added to their tally through King. Their defence were struggling to curb the influence of Garvey, however, and the Crokes attacker’s second point left them with a mountain to climb in the final-quarter.

Crokes remained in control when O’Carroll cancelled out a point from opposing centre-back Bernard Riordan, but to their credit, Starlights persisted with their challenge. Richie O’Sullivan (two) and Wayne Conway were both on target, but despite threatening to secure the additional goals needed to turn the game on its head, they couldn’t prevent Kilmacud Crokes from claiming the silverware on offer.

MATCH FILE

Scorers – Kilmacud Crokes: K O’Carroll 1-7 (0-3f), D Kelleher, K Garvey 0-2 each, C Burns, F Mangan, P Griffin 0-1 each. Starlights: S Byrne 1-1 (1-0 pen), R O’Sullivan (2f), E King, G Harris 0-2 each, B Riordan, W Conway, S McAllister 0-1 each.

KILMACUD CROKES: J Keville; C Murphy, F Kennedy, O O’Carroll; M Lynskey, R Mangan, B Brennan; D Kelleher, P Devitt; C McGrath, C Burns, F Mangan; K Garvey, P Griffin, K O’Carroll.

Subs: D Kehoe for Mangan (49), D Breslin for McGrath (36), B O’Carroll for Garvey (58), A Coyle for K O’Carroll (61).

STARLIGHTS: J Kennedy; M Snow, N Donohue, G Lynch; M Power, B Riordan, D Donohue; M Hughes, E King; R Fleming, W Conway, S Byrne; S McAllister, G Harris, R O’Sullivan.

Subs: L Richardson for Snow (39), D De Burca for Fleming (43).

MENTORS – Kilmacud Crokes: John O’Loughlin, Brian McGrath. Starlights: George McAllister, Simon O’Connell.

Referee: Ger Ryan (Parnell’s).

WIDES – Kilmacud Crokes: 6 (5+1). Starlights: 7 (1+6).

CONDITIONS: Dry and bright at times, but extremely windy.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Kevin O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes).

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Rugby Column Number 93: The Kildare Nationalist – October 3 2017

RUGBY COLUMN – OCTOBER 03

By Daire Walsh

Leinster returned to winning ways at the RDS last Friday evening, as they secured a hard-earned 21-13 win over Edinburgh in their second Guinness PRO14 home encounter of the new campaign.

The Blues were hoping to bounce back from their defeat to the Toyota Cheetahs seven days earlier, and they included Kildare duo Joey Carbery and Fergus McFadden in the back-three alongside Dave Kearney – who is a former student of Clongowes Wood College in Clane.

Leinster also handed recalls to Lions stars Jonathan Sexton (who captained the side in the absence of Isa Nacewa), Jack McGrath, Tadhg Furlong and Sean O’Brien, but they found themselves under intense pressure during the opening stages of the contest.

Edinburgh dominated possession inside the opposition ’22’, and even though they couldn’t quite break over the Leinster line, they settled for a routine fifth-minute penalty from Jason Tovey. Indeed, the visiting fly-half doubled his team’s account with just under 11 minutes gone on the clock, before the hosts finally kicked into gear.

Sexton opted for touch from a subsequently penalty, and after Leinster push towards the whitewash, the now fully-fit Jordi Murphy drove over for the maiden try of the game. Sexton was on hand to supply the bonuses to this score, but just when Leo Cullen’s charges appeared to be in control, Tovey pounced for an intercept score on the half-hour mark.

This was a major set-back for Leinster, and though an audacious crossfield kick by Sexton looked set to produce a Scott Fardy try, he was dispossessed just shy of the whitewash. However, Leinster persisted in the closing moments of the half, and they eventually brought a slender 14-13 cushion into the interval with a converted Carbery touchdown on the stroke of 40 minutes.

This left the game delicately poised when the action resumed, but it was Leinster who appeared to be making the greater attacking inroads in the third-quarter. Yet, despite having a temporary numerical advantage when Edinburgh’s Jamie Ritchie was sin-binned in the 51st-minute, they were struggling to add to their tally.

In fact, they looked set for a tough finale when Dougie Fife finished off an enterprising Edinburgh attack 16 minutes from time – only for referee Ian Davies to ruled out the score following consultation with TMO Jon Mason.

This was a massive relief for the home team, and with five minutes remaining on the clock, they finally placed the outcome beyond doubt with a third try from replacement scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park.

In Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League, Naas produced a gallant display against Bainbridge at Rifle Park on Saturday, before eventually succumbing to a 42-35 defeat. The Forenaughts outfit were victorious in their opening two games of the current campaign, but thanks to five tries over the course of the action (including two from Ross Bailey-Kearney and one by Graham Reynolds), they did return home with two points to their name in a narrow reversal.

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