U18 Cup - Victory over Clonakilty
U18 into cup semifinal with win over Clonakilty
A dogged firat half performance, followed by a second half of discipline, smart use of the ball and moments of brilliance to produce two tries.
With a very strong wind blowing into the backs of Clonakilty, Muskerry U18s had to be their determined best to keep the opening halk scoreless. Clonakilty had plenty of territory, with the wind making kicking into our half an option they used many times to good effect, gaining meters as the ball carried in the wind. One example of their wind assisted kicking took the play from outside their 22 to inside ours, by contrast our kicking took the ball sometimes only 10 meters, so strong was the wind. Clonakilty had ample opportunity with the ball insde our 22 in the first half, but they could not breach the Muskerry defence, who were steadfast in their determination to keep the match scoreless until half time. This they did admirably.
Buoyed by the 0-0 scoreline, Muskerry ran over their two tries in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Liam Ryan with a determined block of a clearance kick on the 5 meter line and then ran on to the loose ball over the try line. The second a fantastic individual effort from Frank Horgan. receiving the ball inside his own half he broke the line and ran at the opposition defence down the right wing he dummy passed to Aaron O Riordan, twice skipped tackles and facing the last line of defence kicked the ball ahead and sprinted to fall on the ball just insde the end line.Though the wind had died slightly and was blowing more cross field, Muskerrys use of the ball from our scrums and open play proved to be smart and disciplined. Muskerry gave very little away to the opposition as Clonakilty tried to redress the balance, endless tackles from forwards and backs, in particular from the returning Seán O Riordan, prevented the opposition getting a foothold. Excellent lineouts prevailed also with clean throwing from hooker Jack Riordan, catching from MOTM Darragh McNamara and distribution contributing to effective possession and build up play.
Both side created a few chances for the remainder of the half, with Clonakilty going over for a try in the closing stages. Muskerrys tactics, team work and determination brought a very well deserved victory and into the semi final of the cup.