Dundalk RFC Under 11 Sharks kicked off their 2014/2015 campaign against Boyne away at Shamrock Lodge on a lovely Sunday morning in Drogheda. After several ding dong encounters last year the sharks would have been forgiven for wanting an easier fixture than this to kick off the current campaign. They needn’t have worried, as what ensued was a rugby master class from the Mill Road men that was as good as anything they have produced over the last couple of seasons. Every facet of the game was in fine fettle, from powerful forward play at the scrum, ruck, breakdown and mauls, sublime ball handling, passing and incisive running that was a joy to behold. There were 2 equally skilled Dundalk teams who faced Boyne and both performed equally as well as the other, but unfortunately due to budgetary constraints three was only 1 reporter present on this occasion.
Up front there was aggression and power in the scrum, at the breakdown and in the ruck from Eoghan Staunton, Laurence Jones, Joseph Pheifer, Ronan McDonnell, Robert Malone, Lorcan Ticehurst and Liam Dorian. This was matched fantastic incisive running and passing from Kieran McArdle, Cillian Halpenny, Conal O’Callaghan, Ciaran Tiernan, Aaron McGuinness, Luke Andrews, Brian McCahill, Riain Rafferty and Luke Clarke.
The highlight of the day was the overall quality of the play which really was a joy to behold in addition to tries from the likes of Kieran McArdle, Eoghan Staunton, Ronan McDonnell, Kieran Tiernan, Joseph Pheifer, Aaron McGuinness and Conal O’Callaghan. However, the moment of the match was a fantastic try for Brian McCahill. Following ferocious counter rucking by Robert Malone which forced a turnover, the ball was passed to Brian and the smallest man on the pitch with the biggest heart set off at blistering pace, with over half of the pitch to run and with numerous Boyne men in pursuit doing their best to spoil the party. But this was Brian’s moment, and nothing was going to stop him as he beat off a valiant effort to stop him and scored a wonderful try.
Overall the coaches and parents could not have been happier with a brilliant display and the Sharks will look forward to training on Thursday night buoyed by a brilliant first run out against one of their strongest rivals.
Well done to Stephen McGivern & Tadgh McElroy, two of our current under 19’s.
They start training with the Ireland squad in Naas this coming Monday.
Hopefully two more representative jerseys to hang in the Club.
This match is postponed to a later date.
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Dundalk beat Suttonians 34-6 at home in the second game of the Leinster league. Suttonians, having been relegated from the AIL and not played a league match in 14 years, would not have relished the thought of visiting the Mill Rd.
Suttoinian had the kickoff which went into touch. Dundalk failed to secure the resulting line out and Suttonians were immediately on the front foot, quick hand to hand passing with a powerful maul brought play to the Dundalk’s 22 metre line. Straying offside Dundalk conceded a penalty which Suttonians slotted and after 2 minutes of play the visitors were 3-0 up. Immediately Dundalk responded and from their kickoff secured possession through James McConnon. The ball was mauled forward until Thomas Campbell saw an opening and spun the ball to Jonathan Williams to his left who carried the ball to the Suttonians 22 metre line before passing to Chris Scully. Scully, a powerful runner, crashed through the Suttonians defence to score a try in the corner which out half Ultan Murphy converted to bring the score to 10- 3 for Dundalk after only three minutes of play. The game settled into both sets of forwards testing each other with the honours about even, Ene Fa’atau being the difference in the packs and gaining ground with powerful forward collisions punching holes in the Suttonians pillars.. This tactic tied the defence in close allowing Dundalk to exploit space out wide. Scrumhalf Campbell moved the ball quickly and with some tremendous passing between backs, forwards and backs again play was brought to the Suttonians 5 metre line. A penalty for not staying on their feet was awarded to Dundalk which grave Murphy the opportunity to stretch the home sides lead to 13-3 after 15 minutes. The frustration on the Suttonians side began to show and after an altercation with his opposite number, Lotu Nuku, the Suttonians hooker found himself yellow carded and ten minutes in the bin. Dundalk secured the line out through Mike Bentley who offloaded to Ene Fa’atau who again tested the North Dublin sides defence and found them wanting, making his way deep into the Suttonians 22. The resulting maul was brought down and Dundalk were awarded the put in to the resulting scrum. In a rare miss communication at the base of the scrum Campbell moved in the expectation of a pick by the back row; none came and the ball was sitting in the middle of the park with nobody to secure it. Seizing the opportunity the Suttonians scrumhalf picked the ball and returned it deep into the Dundalk half. From this platform the visitors launched an offensive on the Dundalk line with sustained forward pressure. However, an infringement cost them a penalty on the Dundalk 5 metre line allowing Ultan Murphy to clear Dundalk’s line and bring play to the half way line. Another breakout by Dundalk saw Chris Scully again break the Suttonians defence and a resulting penalty gave Dundalk another 3 points. Both Jonathan Williams and Chris Scully were making themselves busy in the centres with sorties behind the Suttonians lines while tackling their every attempt to move the ball in the backs. Another surge from Dundalk resulted in yet another error from the Suttonians tackler which led to an easy three point conversion from Ultan Murphy. Yet another surge from Dundalk resulted in stand in captain Stephen McGee crossing the whitewash for a five pointer. Just before half time James McConnon was deemed to have deliberately impaired the Suttonians maul and was yellow carded. Suttonians converted the resulting kick bringing the score to 20-6 in favour of Dundalk on the half time whistle.
Subs at half time saw David Whatley on for Stephen Murphy and Patrick Reilly for Owen Mc Nally. Straight from the off Suttonians were on the offensive, realising if they were to get anything from the game they needed to get on the score sheet. Bentley Scully and Whatley carried the ball well for Dundalk denying the opposition possession and playing the game very much in the visitors half. Dundalk continued to press and use their control of the ball to their advantage. John Smith was brought on to replace Robert Farrell in the front row allowing Dundalk to change the attack up front with 20 minutes left to play. Scully however was injured after 26 minutes and replaced in the centre by Ene Fa’atau. Dundalk if anything started to squander opportunities and the game needed a lift to reinvigorate the good size crowd at the Mill Rd. This came when an error from Suttonians in the Dundalk 22 was cleared by Jonathan Williams and chased by Patrick Reilly. A penalty resulted, quickly taken by Ultan Murphy who carried and ran under the posts to score an opportunists try and after 32 minutes of the 2nd half the score line was 27-6 to Dundalk. Robbie Farrell returned to the game as Lotu Nuku retired, moving Johnny Grey into the hooker position and Farrell to the prop positions with new player Enda Murphy for Mike Bentley. In a bizarre 22 drop off Stephen McGee kicked the ball into the hands of his opposite number standing 1 foot in front of him. Suttonians spread the ball and put Dundalk back under pressure. Tackling from Patrick Reilly stopped the threat. The ball moved quickly up the field from Ene Fa’atau who passed to McGee who was anxious to make amends for his earlier error. He flashed the ball out to Rory O’Hagan on the wing who used his blistering pace from the half way line to score another Dundalk try leaving the Suttonian pursuers in his wake. Murphy converted to bring the final score to Dundalk 34 Suttonians 6.
Team 15 Stephen McGee, 14 Rory O’Hagan, 13 Chris Scully, 12 Jonathan William, 11 Owen McNally (Patrick Reilly after 40 mins), 10 Ultan Murphy, 9 Thomas Campbell, 8 Ene Fa’atau, 7 Stephen Murphy ( David Whatley after 49 mins), 6 James McConnon, 5 Mike Bentley (Enda Murphy after 60 mins), 4 Paul Megan, 3 Robbie Farrell (John Smith after 60 mins), 2 Lotu Nuku, 1 Johnny Grey.
Next game Saturday 4th Oct @ 3.00pm, Mill Rd, v Clondalkin.
Dundalk RFC U19 Leinster Premier League Final V Navan RFC, Sun 9th March, St.Mary’s RFC, KO@2.30.
Folks, the Club is ready to organise bus(s) for supporters to cheer on our lads next Sun but we need to know numbers now.
While we have had some reservations already we need to finalise numbers asap.
Can all coaches, members, parents, family, etc contact me on 087-2795429 or ohanlon92@gmail with numbers please.
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