Another away from home fixture for Muskerry U18s. Midleton the opposition this time. A very strong gusting crosswind for the entire match was an equal challenge to both sides and an advantage to none and made place kicking very difficult, a total of 6 tries yielded just one conversion, from Muskerrys Robert Cahill.
In the early stages neither team could get a foothold, though as the half wore on Muskerry began to dominate and out of hand kicking kept us in opposition territory, persistant forward play and good ball retention eventually led to two 5 meter tries in the first half. Still, very little separated the teams as the second half commenced with the very strong wind prevailing. Another try from Muskerry gave the away team a 15 - 0 lead, but in tight game such as this Muskerry could not sit back. Midleton upped their game now and needed to get the next score to keep the fixture alive this they did with a side step from the centre and a dash for the line which despite a great effort from Muskerry backs, could not be prevented. Encouraged, the home team continued to press but Muskerry to their credit defended with organisation and a steely confident determination not to let another through. Anything the forwards didn't stop, the well organised backs were an impenetrable 2nd line of defence. Despite the intense pressure Midelton failed to score for the remainder. With excellent kicking out of hand getting us out of our own 22 and gaining valuable territory coupled with line breaks and hard tackling, Muskerry secured 2 more tries to ensure the win. Though Muskerry were deserved winners with our 5 tries all coming from the back row, the scoreline didn't reflect the tightness of the encounter. The result did show however the tenacity and growing confidence and discipline in adverse and contentious conditions of this 18s team, qualities that will be need in abundance in the final against Sundays Well RFC.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.