St Senan’s 5 Kilfeakle 13
ST Senan’s had a good opportunity to open the scoring in their junior rugby league game after two minutes when they were awarded a penalty on the Kilfeakle 22 metre line. While the kick was well struck, it was always wide of the target.
From the restart, Kilfeakle showed their strength in pushing Senan’s back deep into their own half and forcing them to concede a penalty but the kick drifted wide of the uprights.
Kilfeakle didn’t let this setback affect their game plan and they continued to pressure the Shannon side.
This continued pressure forced Senan’s to concede another penalty on 20 minutes and this time the kick was good and the visitors had registered the first score of the match.
The final 20 minutes of the half saw both sides threaten but neither could break down the other’s defence so the half ended with just the three points separating the teams.
It was Kilfeakle who started the second half strongly, taking advantage of a Senan’s handling error to run in a try close to the posts after just five minutes. An easy conversion followed, extending the visitors’ lead to 10-0.
Senan’s rallied after this and forced Kilfeakle back deep into their own half.
This renewed pressure forced the visitors to concede penalties on two occasions but Senan’s could not find the target on either occasion.
The continued pressure from Senan’s was finally rewarded after 20 minutes when Declan Coughlan ran in a try. His conversion attempt failed to find the target but the home side had reduced the deficit to five points.
A few minutes later Senan’s had another opportunity to reduce the deficit further when they were awarded a penalty.
Choosing to run the ball at the Kilfeakle defence proved to be the wrong option as a handling error gifted the ball to the visitors. Kilfeakle took full advantage of this and forced Senan’s into conceding a penalty inside their own 22.
The kick was good and Kilfeakle had a 13-5 lead, which they held on to for the rest of the match, despite some late pressure from Senan’s.
St Senan’s will have a friendly this Sunday against St Mary’s at Slattery Park in Shannon, with the kick-off at 12 noon.
St Senan’s: Pa Ryan, Fergal Lawler, Tony O’Brien, Aaron Skerritt, Jack Jones, Aidan O’Callaghan, Dwane Horkin, Ian Fitzgerald (capt), Darren Guerin, Noel Hoban, Declan Coughlan, Fran Duggan, Dylan Sonneman, Brian Collins, Bobby O’Connell.
Replacements: Ed Slattery, Mike Lyons, Mick O’Connell, Declan Collins, Barry Murphy.
Killarney 29 Scariff 0
Killarney’s experience proved decisive in their third division tie last Sunday as they got the upperhand in the second half.
The opening half was well contested and the Kerry side went to the break with a 5-0 lead. Indeed, Scariff should have been ahead at this stage as they had missed two penalty attempts and were unlucky not to have scored a try shortly before the half-time whistle.
Early in the second half Killarney got in for their second try, which was converted, and a third try soon followed.
This Sunday, Scariff will host Killorglin in the Division 3 League at 1pm.
Scarriff: Joe McGrath, Colin Bugler, David Harte, Darragh McNamara, Marcus O’Neill, Michael Madden, Henry Mooney, Robbie Madden(capt), Barry Gibbons, James Kelly, Shane Gibbons, Steve Madden, Kenny Mason, Trevor Kelly, Conor McNamarra
Castleisland 35 Kilrush 6
Castleisland proved too strong for Kilrush in their league tie played at the Kerry club’s venue on Sunday. Andrew O’Neill kicked two penalties for the West Clare side but, on the day, they were comprehensively beaten.
At the time of writing, the team’s fixture for this weekend had not been finalised.
Kilrush: Pádraig O’Malley, Aidan Mescall, Trevor Downes, David O’Grady, Martin Griffin, Tony Burke, Paddy Mescall, Jaco Swanepoel, Raymond Conway, Paul Conway, Brian Cussen, Andrew O’Neill, Rúairí McLoughlin, David Egan, Jamie Whelan.
Replacements: Mike Keating for A Mescall; David Hartley for Jaco Swanepoel; Dave Smith for P Mescall.
St Senan’s will have home advantage against UL Bohs in the U-14 league at Slattery Park this Sunday at 11.30am.
In an U-16 friendly, St Senan’s will have Kilrush as visitors at the same time on Sunday morning.
In the U-19, league Ennis will entertain Shannon at the Showgrounds at the same time.