Important win for Cashel
Cashel beat Queens 13-10
After the excitement of the previous weeks cup game, against Young Munster, Cashel returned to the bread and butter of the All Ireland League and the battle to stay in Division 2A. They carried the good form into last Saturdays game with Queens University at Spafield and secured four more valuable points to move up one place. In perfect conditions which suited the pacy Queens players the game turned into a rip roaring contest with the result in doubt until the final whistle. The previous two games between these teams were decided in injury time with Queens winning last years game in Cashel with a try four minutes into injury time and Cashel doing the same to Queens last December when the conversion of a penalty try four minutes into injury time brought the points to Cashel.
Cashel started very well with the pack going through the phases and the backs not afraid to run at the Queens defence. It took them seven minutes to score. Brian Fitzpatrick gained possession on half way and put a kick through deep into the Queens twenty two. The defender was caught in possession, a ruck formed and when the ball was passed to the wing to Fitzpatrick he made no mistake and scored in the corner. Pat O'Connor went off injured on the quarter hour, Brian Silke moved to first centre and Eamon Connolly came on at thirteen. The game at this stage was dominated by Cashel but scores were scarce and both defences solid. On twenty six minutes some excellent passing by backs and forwards opened the Queens defence and Cody Baker took full advantage with an excellent team try to put Cashel ten points ahead, a lead they richly deserved. This was the time to press home the advantage but Csahel seemed to go into their shell. With half time approaching they ran the ball inside their own twenty two when a kick to touch may have been wiser, they were turned over and Queens, true to form, when given a half chance scored a try in the corner. Half time score Cashel 10 Queens 5.
The second half really opened up with both teams giving it their best. For Cashel the front rows of Niall Fitzgerald, Robert Coates and Michael Kelly had the best in the scrums. Second rows Sean Walsh and Kieran Murphy were very effective going forward. However it was the back row of Aidan Butler, Ed Leamy and James Ryan who really stood out. Winger Brian Fitzpatrick was a thorn in Queens side all day as was Nick Thompson. Brian Silke carried well going forward but it was in defence that he really shone and his tackle count was most impressive indeed. Eleven minutes into the second half Ollie McGlinchey stretched Cashel's lead to eight points with a penalty. Queens responded and eight minutes later they ran at pace and scored in the corner. There were now only three points between the sides and the last twenty minutes were most exciting indeed. Both sides had chances but the best chance fell to Queens when they attacked with a man over from half way. The final pass was forward and, lucky for Cashel, was spotted by the referee, unlike a similar pass which resulted in a winning try for Highfield back in November. Cashel cleared their lines and spent the last five minutes in the Queens half. They held out for an excellent victory which gives them some breathing space in the battle for Division 2A survival. Cashel team (1 -20); N Fitzgerald, R Coates, M Kelly, S Walsh, K Murphy, A Butler, E Leamy, J Ryan, O McGlinchey, A Kelleher, B Fitzpatrick, Pat O'Connor, B Silke, C Baker, N Thompson, K Gleeson, E Connolly, R O'Connor, T Allen, D Lambe.
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