Clondalkin 16 Tallaght 12

CLONDALKIN R.F.C. 16

Try: Darren Moore, Ray O’Connor
Pen: Colin Lyons 2

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 12

Try: Stephen Heaney 2
Con: Ciaran Stewart

Metro League Division 7
22/02/13 Gordon Park

Tallaght took on local rivals Clondalkin in a local derby looking to restart their league campaign after several match cancellations due to poor weather. Tallaght were missing half their normal starting pack for various reasons and Clondalkin took advantage by dominating possession for the first quarter of the match.

They were camped in the Tallaght half and eventually Darren Moore got over for a try for Clondalkin that wasn’t converted. A lovely countering-attacking run from Alan Bernes won Tallaght a penalty but Ciaran Stewart hooked his attempt wide. Then some excellent work from David Clarke made some space on the left. With the Clondalkin defence stretched Tallaght showed great hands to move it across to the other side and Sean Judd gave the final pass to Stephen Heaney to score in the corner. Despite the windy conditions Ciaran Stewart kicked a superb conversion to make it 7-5 to Tallaght.

Tallaght’s lead only lasted a minute though as they conceded a penalty that Colin Lyons converted to make it 8-7. The score remained the same until about half way through the second half, despite Clondalkin having several attempts to stretch their lead with kicks at goal that went wide. Eventually the pressure told though and they worked some space for their full back Ray O’Connor to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but Lyons tacked on a penalty to take a commanding 16-7 lead for Clondalkin.

Clondalkin looked like they would put up a big score but Tallaght showed some pride to keep making the tackles and they scored a consolation try through Stephen Heaney again to make the final score 16-12 to Clondalkin, who were worthy winners.
Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes
14 Stephen Heaney
13 David Clarke
12 James Maher
11 Kevin Quinn
10 Ciaran Stewart
9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Sean Judd
7 Emil Wyrebiak
6 Ray Brennan
5 Paul Cunningham (captain)
4 Alan Moore
3 Tony McManus
2 Ollie Murphy
1 Stephen Kelly

Replacements

Vilius Kuklis
Simon Cumiskey

Jim O’Connor ©

 

clon 22-2-2014

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