Try: Aaron Shanahan, Ken McGovern Con: Rob Hudson 2
Metro League Division 6 Tymon Park 25/01/2020
It was first versus second as the Tallaght men’s first team took on Coolmine in Metro League Division 6. Tallaght started the game playing into the wind but it didn’t hamper them as they took the game to Coolmine. They should have scored the first try of the game from a blindside move off a scrum. Adam Nolan put Andy Rudd clear with a two on one but Rudd’s pass was a little high and Rob Hudson couldn’t take it so the chance went begging.
It was only a temporary setback though as Tallaght scored the first try of the game after seven minutes. A fine pass from Denny McCarthy put full back Daryl Keogh in space and he drew the last defender and then put winger Aaron Shanahan away for a fine try. Rob Hudson converted to make it 7-0 to Tallaght. Having shown how dangerous they were when they kept the ball in hand, frustratingly the Tallaght backs then spent the rest of the half kicking it away even when they had players in support. Coolmine’s gameplan was basic but effective and they were very good at keeping the ball for long phases as their big ball carriers made gains. Tallaght got trapped in their own half and eventually the pressure told and Coolmine forced their way over for a try which they converted to make it 7-7 at half-time.
In the second half Tallaght made good use of the wind at their backs with Denny McCarthy and Adam Nolan making several fine territorial kicks for good territory. However Tallaght’s discipline was poor and twice they were marched back ten metres for backchat to the referee. Coolmine has a chance to go ahead with a penalty kick but it drifted wide. Coolmine kept coming at Tallaght for long phases but the Tallaght defence held out with the likes of Ken McGovern, Joe Ivers and Jack Russell making huge numbers of tackles. Adam Nolan kicked deep into the Coolmine half and Aaron Shanahan chased up to force the Coolmine winger into touch five metres out from the Coolmine line. The Tallaght pack mauled the ball over the line from the resulting lineout and hooker Ken McGovern got the touchdown for the try. Hudson kicked an excellent conversion to make it 14-7 to Tallaght.
Tallaght went looking for another score to kill the game off. Aaron Shanahan was put through with a clear run for the line but the referee called it back for a forward pass from David Clarke. Rob Hudson had a penalty kick at goal but it just drifted wide. There was some tense moments for Tallaght to negotiate but their defence held out for a 14-7 win. They know just need to win two of their last three games for a home final.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh said it was hard-fought win. “Coolmine always play tough, direct rugby and we had to work really hard in defence. We left a few tries behind us that would have made our lives easier and at times we made some poor decisions in attack. But we showed great character once again to grind out the win while not playing at our best. We were missing a lot of players today for various reasons but guys like Joe Ivers and Mark Keogh came in and made a big impact. We have had a tough January but we’ve won all our three game and are now in great shape for a home final for the first time in club history. We had a massive crowd watching us again today and the coaches and players want to thank everyone who came out to support us.”
Man of the match: Ken McGovern
1. Tony McManus 2. Ken McGovern 3. Andy Grace 4. Alan Sower 5. Joe Ivers 6. Scott Hyland 7. Jack Russell 8. Adam Nolan (Captain) 9. Andrew Rudd 10. David Clarke 11. Aaron Shanahan 12. Denny McCarthy 13. Padraig Jones 14. Rob Hudson 15. Daryl Keogh 16. Andy Caswell 17. James Carr 18. Mark Keogh 19. Colin Morrison 20. Simon Gaskell 21. Simon Collie 22. Wayne Stewart
On Saturday there’s another top of the table clash in Division 6 for the men’s first team. After beating Terenure with a last minute penalty last week Tallaght now take on second placed Coolmine. The northsiders come into the match full of confidence after winning their last three games and kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. The men’s second’s scheduled match in Division 11 has been conceded by Railway Union.
Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team travel to Kildare to take on Athy in Division 4B of the women’s league. After a encouraging draw against Barnhall last week Tallaght will travel with confidence. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in the Showgrounds.
Update: This game has now been postponed due to a fixture clash for Athy
In the youths the Under 18s Bistos take on Barnhall on Saturday with a 12AM kick-off in Parsonstown. The Under 14s girls are away to Tullamore on Saturday with a 2.30PM kick-off.
On Sunday, the Under 7’s and Under 8’s have a blitz in St Marys, meeting in Templeville Road at 9.30am. The Under 9’s have a blitz with Bective, venue and time to be confirmed. The rest of the teams all have training as usual.
Please make every effort to support all our teams.
Tallaght RFC had a special visitor last Sunday morning. Ireland skills & kicking coach Richie Murphy led a kicking session and there was representatives from the Tallaght Men’s, women’s and youths sides.
Richie arrived early and stayed late and gave player his time and expertise. Tallaght RFC wishes to express their immense gratitude to Richie for giving up his Sunday morning to help out the club. Also big thanks to Tallaght men’s coach Gary Brennan for helping to organise the session.
The Tallaght men’s first team took on local rivals Terenure in Metro League Division 6. Tallaght had taken top spot in the table last week from Terenure by beating Seapoint and they were looking to keep it. Terenure had the best of the first twenty minutes though as Tallaght gave away several penalties. Eventually Terenure took advantage when they kicked a penalty to take a 3-0 lead.
Tallaght’s lineout was struggling and Terenure were competing smartly at the breakdown. It meant Tallaght couldn’t get any platform to launch their dangerous backline. The likes of Denny McCarthy and Adam Nolan made some good individual runs but ultimately they didn’t lead to scores. Eventually Tallaght did score off a great individual moment. After a good run by Kevin Quinn put Tallaght close to the Terenure twenty two line, scrum-half Andy Rudd made a great break from the ruck. He broke one tackle and then wriggled his way out of a second one before stepping the full back to score a great try under the posts. Rob Hudson converted to make it 7-3 to Tallaght.
The try gave Tallaght some confidence and now Terenure were the ones giving away penalties. Twice Terenure gave away kickable penalties but Tallaght decided against going for the posts and instead kicked for a lineout. However on both occasions the lineout was botched and the half-time score remained at 7-3 even with Terenure down a man through a yellow card. In the second half Tallaght kept putting themselves in good territory through the excellent tactical kicking of Denny McCarthy. However they couldn’t translate that territory into a score to ease the nerves.
They weren’t helped when centre Padhraig Jones was show a yellow card for reacting off the ball. The Tallaght defence managed to see out the ten minutes Jones was gone however and the centre made amends with a smashing tackle to put a Terenure player out of touch to stop an attack. Terenure weren’t giving up however and from a lineout maul they managed to run forty metres up the field as the Tallaght pack were in disarray. Tallaght eventually collapsed the maul to concede a penalty that Terenure unwisely quick-tapped allowing Tallaght to tackle them out of touch. However Tallaght’s lineout malfunctioned again and Terenure were able to regain possession and force their way over for a try to make it 8-7 to the visitors with only a couple of minutes of added on time remaining.
However Tallaght didn’t panic and kicked their way into the Terenure half through McCarthy. They eventually won a scrum near the Terenure twenty two and when the ball went wide to the wing Terenure conceded a penalty. It was a tough kick wide on the right but Hudson nailed it to win Tallaght the game with a final score of 10-8.
Tallaght coach was pleased to win but wasn’t happy with the performance. “First, I want to commend the character of the side. After conceding the try we challenged the team to get back up the pitch for winning score and Rob Hudson showed real bottle to convert the kick. But the players know the performance was way off our normal standard and were honest enough to admit that afterwards. We now have a huge game next week against Coolmine who have won their last three games to move up to second place in the table. We have a massive week ahead in training to put the issues we identified today right.”
Man of the match: Denny McCarthy
1. Tony McManus 2. Ken McGovern 3. Andy Grace 4. Alan Moore 5. Alan Sower 6. Jack Russell 7. Kevin Quinn 8. Adam Nolan (Captain) 9. Andrew Rudd 10. David Clarke 11. Karl Segrave 12. Denny McCarthy 13. Padhraig Jones 14. Rob Hudson 15. Ciaran Rudd 16. Andy Caswell 17. James Carr 18. Scott Hyland 19. Pádraig Ó Ciardha 20. Nick McGuinness 21. Daryl Keogh 22. Aaron Shanahan
On Saturday there’s a top of the table clash in Division 6 for the men’s first team. First-placed Tallaght take on third placed Terenure. Kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. The men’s second team’s scheduled match in Division 11 has been conceded by Stillorgan-Rathfarnham.
Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team take on MU Barnhall in Division 4B of the women’s league. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM on Pitch 100.
In the youths the Under 18s Bistos take on Greystones on Saturday with a slightly early 11AM kick-off in Dr. Hickey Park. The Under 14s girls are at home to Longford on Saturday at 12pm on pitch 100. On Sunday the under 12’s have a match in Terenure time tbc. The rest of the teams all have training as usual.
Please make every effort to support all our teams.
It was first versus second in Division 11 as leaders Tallaght took on Clondalkin at Tymon Park. The weather was a huge factor with plenty of surface water from the continuous driving rain. Clondalkin started off strongest although both teams struggled with the conditions. Clondalkin played most of the first half in Tallaght’s half but between Tallaght’s defence and conditions forcing knock-ons there was no score for 20 mins. Clondalkin through persistence eventually went over between the sticks for a try which was converted to make it 7-0.
The second half was more of the same and Tallaght were still playing very well but just couldn’t convert it into scores. Injuries took their toll on both teams but Tallaght reorganised as best they could. Before going off injured in the first half Aaron Morgan had some good carries and Mark Keogh had a great game at number eight making several great carries and tackles. The whole team played extremely well under difficult conditions against a team that racked up 77 points on them in the last meeting.
Clondalkin scored a second try, again plugging it up with the forwards before eventually breaking over the line with about 15 mins left on the clock. Tallaght kept fighting but the game finished 14-0.
Tallaght coach Simon Gaskell was proud of his team’s performance. “The last time we played this Clondalkin they went through us for a shortcut. This time we made them work hard for their two scores and the improvement in our defence was huge. The next step is to improve our attack to the same level but that will come if we keep working hard. I’m very proud of all the boys who really put in a great effort today. We’ll learn from this and we’ll regroup but I don’t think this is the last time we’ll play this Clondalkin side this season. I also want to thank the sponsors of the men’s second team, the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght. We were playing in the new strip that they payed for today and we’re very grateful for their support.”
Man of the match: Mark Keogh
1. Cameron Byrne 2. James Carr 3. Shane Mooney 4. Padraig O’Ciadha 5. Joe Ivers 6. Sean Judd 7. Colin McKeown 8. Mark Keogh 9. Stephen Tighe 10. Ciaran Stewart 11. Brandon Wilson 12. Gavin McKeon 13. Jordan Corrigan 14. Michael Corrigan 15. Wayne Stewart 16. Simon Gaskell 17. Dave Kelly 18. Patrik Toth 19. Aaron Morgan 20. Tony O’Loughlin 21. Shane Maguire 22. Gary Kinsella 23. Adam Clarke
Try: Adam Nolan, David Clarke Con: Rob Hudson 2 Pen: Rob Hudson
Metro League Division 6 Kilbogget Park 11/01/2020
The Tallaght men’s first team resumed their Metro League Division 6 campaign after the Christmas break with a trip to take on Seapoint. With leaders Terenure not playing this week, Tallaght would go top with a win. However both teams initially struggled to cope with the wind and constant driving rain. Tallaght did make a great break through flanker Niall Mahon that got them close to the Seapoint line but when the ball went wide it was knocked on.
It was a consistent trend for Tallaght with the likes of Denny McCarthy and Dave Clarke also making good breaks only for the ball to be knocked on afterwards in the wet conditions. Tallaght’s cause wasn’t helped when Niall Mahon had to go off with a serious ankle injury. Tallaght did take a 3-0 lead from a Rob Hudson penalty on 22 minutes. Then Seapoint were shown a yellow card for a cynical foul at the ruck and Tallaght had an easy kick at goal to double their lead. However Tallaght chose to go for a scrum instead but the planned move was botched and Seapoint were able to clear their lines. Tallaght couldn’t take advantage of having the extra man and the half-time score remained 3-0.
In the second half both teams kept struggling to hold onto the ball. Then on the 50 minute mark Tallaght prop Tony McManus was shown a yellow card for taking a man out off the ball. Strangely, having struggled when a man up in the first half, being a man down actually sparked Tallaght into life. Strong carries from Jack Russell and Ken McGovern got Tallaght into position and then skipper Adam Nolan scored a try in the corner. Rob Hudson kicked a magnificent touchline conversion to make it 10-0 to Tallaght. Four minutes later Tallaght were on the scoresheet again. Replacement scrum-half Nick McGuinness made a fine break and then popped the ball to David Clarke to go over for the try which Hudson converted to make it 17-0 with twenty minutes left.
Tallaght were probably guilty of thinking the game was over too early and they let Seapoint back into the match in the last ten minutes. Seapoint scored tries on the 75 and 79 minute mark and converted one of them to make it 17-12. It made for a bit of nervy finish but Tallaght were able to regain the ball and kick it out to win the match and Seapoint got a losing bonus point for their troubles.
Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with his win. “Seapoint is always a hard place to come to and win so we’re delighted. The conditions were brutal and we were probably guilty of trying to play too much rugby in the first half. We hung in there and got the crucial scores to win the game when down a man. Fair play to Seapoint, they kept going and got a losing bonus point but we’re content to get the win to put us top of the table. We’ve now got Terenure and Coolmine at home in the next two weeks. It’s going to be a massive challenge but if we can win both those games it will put us in prime position for a home play-off final. I also want to thank the sponsors of the men’s first team, the Old Mill bar and restaurant in Firhouse. We were playing in the new strip that they payed for today and though it was a very dark day to get a good picture, we’re very grateful for their continued support.”
Man of the match: David Clarke
1. Tony McManus 2. Ken McGovern 3. Andy Grace 4. Alan Moore 5. Alan Sower 6. Jack Russell 7. Niall Mahon 8. Adam Nolan (Captain) 9. Andrew Rudd 10. David Clarke 11. Karl Segrave 12. Denny McCarthy 13. Padraig Jones 14. Rob Hudson 15. Ciaran Rudd 16. Andy Caswell 17. Colin Morrison 18. Kevin Quinn 19. Scott Hyland 20. Nick McGuinness
Report: Jim O’Connor Photos: Ciaran Keane (Blame him so!!)
However nobody at Tallaght RFC gets to ease their way into the new year as it’s a packed weekend of rugby ahead.
On Saturday the men’s first team are looking to regain top spot in Metro Division 6. They take on Seapoint who are fifth in the table but only seven points off the top of a highly competitive league. With leaders Terenure not playing this week, Tallaght will go top with a win and kick-off is 2.30 in Kilbogget Park.
At the same time, there’s another top of the table clash in Division 11 as the first-placed Tallaght seconds team take on second placed Clondalkin. Kick-off is 2.30 in Tymon Park. Then on Sunday the Tallaght women’s team travel to Kildare to take on Athy in Division 4. Kick-off is at 1.00 PM in The Showgrounds.
In the youths the Under 14s girls are away to North Meath on Saturday at 12pm. The Under 18s Bisto’s girls take on Birr on Saturday also at 12pm in CYM. On Sunday the under 8’s and 9’s have a blitz in Stillorgan RFC at Three Rock Rovers ground. Starting at 9am and meeting at 8.30 in Firhouse. The boys under-16s take on Clane in the league on Sunday at the earlier kick off time of 10.30am on Pitch 100.
The St. Stephen’s day game took place again in Firhouse and despite the morning rain there was a strong turnout for it. There were players from the women’s, men’s and youth’s teams plus a few special guests.
Thanks to all the players and the family and friends who turned up to support on the sideline. Thanks also to our resident photographer Ann “Kavo” Kavanagh, who got some brilliant photos, a selection of which is below.
The Tallaght R.F.C. St. Stephen’s day game has been a tradition for a number of years now and for the fourth year running, Tallaght RFC will be host the match on pitch 100, opposite Firhouse Community School.
The game is always played in a fun, festive spirit and is open to all – past and present members, young and old, male and female players. Any kids that come along are welcome to have a run-out too if they fancy it. So pull out those old boots and if you want to wear a onesie or a silly costume, you’re more than welcome to! Please let Mark Keogh or Joe Ivers know if you can play.
We’re going to meet at 10.30 for a 11.00 kick-off and we’ll make up the teams on the day. Feel free to bring a few beers down to the sideline if you fancy it and afterwards we’ll go back to the Old Mill just up the road.