Irish ended 2008 with a valuable 2 points away at Keighley Town. Irish started the game in unstoppable fashion with burly hooker Kevin Smith using his speed and strength to power over after just a minute. Straight from the kick off workhorse prop forward drove through 4 tacklers on a 40 yard burst to set up excellent field position for young Gavin Pettifor
to send centre Joseph Gaye in at the corner. Captain Gary Keogh
was next on the score sheet with a fine individual effort outpacing the Keighley town defence from 60 yards. Young scrum half converted all 3 trys to give Irish an impressive 18-0 lead after just 5 minutes. Unfortunately Irish were hit with the early withdrawal of influential player coach Steve Quick
and this impacted the attacking prowess of the Irish. Town hit back punishing some sloppy defence with Paul McCormack diving under the posts and converting. 10 minutes later McCormack again terrorised the Irish defence and sent speedy winger Rob Keighley in at the corner for a half time score of 18-10 to the Irish.
Irish started the 2nd half like they started the 1st with Kevin Smith diving over from close range. Irish were unable to further trouble the resolute Town defence until the introduction of scrum half Leon Ashton
who wasted no time in sending Gavin Pettifor
through a gap on his way to the try line. Keighley then took advantage of a rare visit to the Irish half with loose forward Scott Walker kicking a drop goal. Further midfield trickery from Ashton resulted in pacy stand off Jim Magee outpacing the Keighley backline and diving in the corner. Nortcliffe converted all 3 trys to end the game with an impressive 6 from 6.