Tallaght 2nds 0 Coolmine 0

Ste Heaney

Tallaght 2nds: 0

Barnhall: 0

Metro League Division 11
Ashbrook
29/02/2020

The Tallaght Men’s second team travelled to Coolmine after the pitch in Tymon Park was called off by the council yet again. Tallaght started well and looked to have scored a try early in the match but the referee disallowed it. Tallaght dominated the first half and nearly scored a try when Mark Keogh carried off the back of a scrum but the referee ruled he had put a foot in touch.

The wind and constant rain made playing attacking rugby very difficult but Tallaght didn’t do themselves any favours either with some very poor decision making. Too often players were guilty of carrying too high into the tackle leading to turnovers. When the backs did make a break they often chose to kick the ball away instead of looking for support and ended up just losing the ball.

The trend continued in the second half with Tallaght dominating. Mark Keogh came close to scoring a try again but this time the ball slipped for his hand as he put it down. Scrum-half Karl Segrave looked to be through for a try but he was stopped by a high tackle that really should have earned the Coolmine player a yellow card. Even when Coolmine did finally get a yellow card after a succession of high tackles Tallaght couldn’t take advantage and the game finished 0-0.

Tallaght manager Simon Gaskell was left frustrated by his side’s performance. “We haven’t played in about six weeks and there was some understandable rustiness. But even so that doesn’t excuse some of our decision-making when we got close to their line. We left about thirty points out there. We defended well against a big Coolmine pack which is a positive but we need to work on our attack. We now need to beat CYM next week to make the final so we’ll need to play a lot better than today but we’ll work hard in training this week to put things right.

Man of the match: Jordan Corrigan

Tallaght 2nds

1. Dave Kelly
2. Simon Gaskell
3. Shane Mooney
4. Padraig O’Ciadha
5. Patrik Toth
6. Sean Judd
7. Joe Ivers
8. James Carr
9. Karl Segrave
10. Ciaran Stewart
11. Brandon Wilson
12. Gavin McKeon
13. Jordan Corrigan
14. Michael Corrigan
15. Wayne Stewart
16. Mark Keogh
17. Tony O’Loughlin
18. Shane Maguire
19. Daniel Pomares
20. Brian Donnelly
21. Stephen Heaney

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend Fixtures 28th Feb – 1st March

It’s another packed weekend of rugby ahead.

First up on Saturday there’s the men’s second’s crucial clash at home to Coolmine. After last week’s game against CYM was postponed the Division 11 final is still up for grabs. Kick-off is 3.00PM in Tymon Park.

The men’s first team secured their home final in Division 6 last week. They play their final regular league fixture when they take on bottom placed Guinness. Kick-off is 3.00PM in the Iveagh Gardens.

In the youths tomorrow the under 16s play Donnybrook at 7.30pm in Donnybrook. On Saturday, the Under 18s Bistos take on Clontarf away. It’s an 11.30am kick-off in Castle Avenue. The Under 14s girls are away to Suttonians with a 11am kick-off. The rest of the youth teams have training at the normal times.

Please make every effort to support all our teams.

Fixture update: Tymon off so men’s second’s game moved to Coolmine RFC with an earlier KO of 2pm. Subject to a pitch inspection in the morning. Men’s firsts game away to Guinness still going ahead as scheduled as things stand.

Tallaght 1st 13 Barnhall 0

Jack Russell

Tallaght 1sts: 13

Try: Simon Collie
Con: Adam Nolan
Pen: Rob Hudson, Adam Nolan

Barnhall: 0

Metro League Division 6
Maynooth University
22/02/2020

The Tallaght men’s first team took on Barnhall in Metro League Division 6 in a game moved to Maynooth University as Tymon Park was deemed unplayable. Tallaght qualified for the final last week but needed another couple of points to ensure they had home advantage for it. Once again the conditions made things difficult with the bitterly cold wind and a heavy rain shower arriving just as the game kicked off.

Barnhall dominated the first twenty minutes of the match as Tallaght struggled to get any ball. Tallaght’s defence held out though and they created a couple of chances themselves when they got the ball wide. However some poor decisions in possession let Barnhall off the hook. Barnhall suffered a blow when they were shown a yellow card for a high tackle after twenty five minutes. However Tallaght couldn’t made the extra man count.

Finally just before half-time a good run from winger Rob Hudson got Tallaght close to the Barnhall line. Tallaght had numbers out wide but couldn’t get the ball out quick enough and had to settle for a Hudson penalty to make the half-time score 3-0. In the second half it was more of the same as both sides struggled to create chances. Barnhall were shown a second yellow card for another high tackle after fifty minutes.

The big moment of the game happened after fifty five minutes. Barnhall were on the attack but Kevin Quinn stripped the ball in the tackle and passed it out wide to full back Simon Collie deep in the Tallaght half. Collie assessed his options and knew Barnhall lacked cover so he took off on a counter-attacking run. He beat a couple a tackles and then cut back inside to outpace the Barnhall winger and score a terrific individual try under the posts. Adam Nolan took over kicking duties from the injured Hudson and knocked over the conversion to make it 10-0 to Tallaght.

With a clear lead Tallaght now just had to see the game out. Barnhall kept coming at them though and when a ball went loose they broke away and Tallaght looked in trouble. However prop Andy Caswell showed great pace to catch the Barnhall player but he did so illegally and the referee correctly showed him a yellow card for a high tackle. Tallaght survived that ten minutes though and Jordan Corrigan came on to make his first start for the senior team and made several big tackles. No sooner was Caswell back on the pitch though, that Tallaght were down to fourteen man again. This time it was out-half Dave Clarke’s turn to get a yellow for a high tackle but this time the card looked very harsh as the contact seemed on the shoulder. However Tallaght earned a long range penalty and Nolan kicked it to make the final score 13-0 and ensure Tallaght will be at home for a final for the first time in they club’s history.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was proud of his team. “It was yet another tough day to play rugby with the weather. We also had to give up home advantage as our pitch was deemed unplayable by the council. We made life hard for ourselves at times, but once again the lads showed great character to find a way to win. There was a lot of good performances out there but we went for Jack Russell as man of the match as he put in a typical all action display in the back row. We’ve now confirmed home advantage for the final and we’re really excited about that. We’ve one more match next week away to Guinness and then it’s all about preparing for the final which should be on the 14th of March but that’s still to be confirmed. We’re especially delighted for all our supporters who came out in force again today that for the first time, they won’t have to travel far for a final.”

Man of the match: Jack Russell

Tallaght RFC

1. Alan Sower
2. Andy Grace
3. Andrew Caswell
4. Alan Moore
5. Kevin Quinn
6. Niall Mahon
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andrew Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Rob Hudson
12. Padhraig Jones
13. Nick McGuinness
14. Ciaran Rudd
15. Simon Collie
16. Jordan Corrigan
17. Tony McManus
18. Colin Morrison
19. Joe Ivers
20. Karl Segrave
21. Daryl Keogh
22. Aaron Shanahan

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend Fixtures 22nd-23rd February

It’s another busy weekend of rugby ahead (if the weather allows).

First up on Saturday there’s the men’s second’s crucial clash with CYM. After the men’s firsts earned their place in the Division 6 final last week, the seconds hope to follow them by earning a place in the Division 11 final. They take on third place CYM and if Tallaght win they’re in the final. Kick-off is 1.00PM in Tymon Park.

It’s the first part of a double header as the men’s first team then take on Barnhall at 3PM. Though they’re in the final, Tallaght one more win to guarantee they’ll be the home team for the final so they won’t be short of motivation.

In the youths on Saturday, the Under 18s Bistos take on North Meath at home on Saturday with a 12PM kick-off with the venue to be confirmed. The Under 14s girls are playing Terenure on Lakelands 4G pitch with a 10am kick-off.

On Sunday, the under-16s boys take on Donnybrook in Firhouse with a 12PM kick-off. The Under 8’s and Under 9’s have a blitz in Sutton, time to be confirmed. The Under 12’s play in Clondalkin meeting at 9.45. The rest of the teams all have training as usual. Training will go ahead for all teams regardless of the weather as the centre is booked.

Please make every effort to support all our teams.

Fixture update: The Tallaght men’s first’s game v Barnhall has been moved to Maynooth University as the Tymon pitch have been deemed unplayable. The kick-off time has been moved back to 3.30PM . The men’s seconds, the Bistos and the under 16s games are postponed.

Trinity College 0 Tallaght 1st 31

Trinity College 0

Tallaght 1sts: 31

Tries: Niall Mahon, Kevin Quinn, Rob Hudson, Jack Russell, Andy Rudd
Con: Rob Hudson 3

Metro League Division 6
Tymon Park
15/02/2020

The Tallaght men’s first team took on Trinity College in Metro League Division 6 in a game moved from Santry to the Iveagh Gardens in Crumlin. The game was played in horrendous conditions as storm Dennis raged. Tallaght had the strong wind at their backs and they made smart use of it with Adam Nolan and Dave Clarke constantly pinning Trinity back in their own half with booming kicks.

With the constant driving rain making handling a nightmare, mistakes were inevitable. The Trinity scrum-half attempted to clear his lines but his box kick was blocked down by Niall Mahon who regathered to score his first try for the Tallaght first team. Rob Hudson kicked an excellent conversion to make it 7-0 to Tallaght. It wasn’t long before Tallaght were on the scoresheet again. Once again it came on the back of a Trinity mistake as a kick ahead was fumbled near the Trinity line. Tallaght pounced and after a couple of phases, Kevin Quinn forced his way over to score his first try of the season for the first team. Hudson again converted to make it 14-0.

Tallaght kept the pressure with aggressive carrying from Andy Grace, Alan Moore and Ken McGovern getting them on the front foot. Tallaght full back Simon Collie opted to run a kick back and took off on a fantastic run breaking several tackles. He looked certain to score a try but lost his footing ten metres from the line. However the ball was recycled and eventually Rob Hudson forced his way over from close range to make it 19-0. Tallaght kept going and after a break from Denny McCarthy, Jack Russell got over the line to score his first try of the season. Hudson converted to make it 26-0 at half-time.

In the second half Tallaght had to play into the wind and for the first fifteen minutes of the half they were trapped in their own twenty two. Trinity came at them time and time again and even when Tallaght won the ball back they couldn’t clear their lines because of the strength of the wind. The Tallaght defence held out but then they suffered a blow when centre Denny McCarthy was shown a red card for a tip tackle. The referee accepted that the tackle was more reckless than malicious but as the Trinity player had landed on his neck he felt he had no choice but to send McCarthy off.

Despite being reduced to fourteen men, Tallaght continued to defend resolutely and eventually they were able to get out of their half. Strong carries from replacements Andy Caswell and Joe Ivers got Tallaght into a strong position and then they won a scrum five metres out. Adam Nolan broke from the scrum and got close to the line and then scrum-half Andy Rudd sniped from the ruck and got over for his third try of the season to make it 31-0. There was no more scoring and both teams were delighted to hear the final whistle so that they could run off to get into the hot showers in the dressings rooms. The win put Tallaght into the final with two games to spare, the fourth year in row they’ve made their league final.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased for his team. “First of all, I’m delighted to be into another final. This is our first year in this league, so to make the final with two games remaining is a great tribute to all the hard work the players and coaches have put in. But we’re not going to rest on our laurels as we know one more win will guarantee us a home final for the first time ever.”

“The conditions were absolutely horrendous out there but the lads played really smart rugby especially in the first half when we had the wind behind us. We weren’t afraid to play either and scored some really good tries. In the second half we defended really well especially considering we were down to fourteen men for twenty five minutes. It was a really tough game to pick a man of the match as basically everyone played well. But we went for Andy Grace who’s one of our unsung heroes in the front row. Andy always puts in a strong shift for us and he sets the tone for the pack with his physicality and work-rate. Finally on behalf of the whole squad we want to thank the supporters who came out in dreadful weather to cheer us on.”

Man of the match: Andy Grace

Tallaght RFC

1. Alan Sower
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andy Grace
4. Alan Moore
5. Kevin Quinn
6. Jack Russell
7. Niall Mahon
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andrew Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Ciaran Rudd
12. Denny McCarthy
13. Padhraig Jones
14. Rob Hudson
15. Simon Collie
16. Andy Caswell
17. Tony McManus 
18. Colin Morrison
19. Joe Ivers
20. Nick McGuinness
21. Daryl Keogh
22. Karl Segrave

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Jim O’Connor

Weekend Fixtures 15th-16th February

With the Six Nations on a break week, it’s a busy weekend of club action.

On Saturday there’s another crucial clash in Division 6 for the men’s first team. They need just one more win to guarantee their place in the final and they take on Trinity College, the only team to have beaten them this season. Kick-off is 3.00 PM in Santry.

In the youths the Under 18s Bistos take on Mullingar on Saturday with a 12AM kick-off in Mullingar. The Under 14s girl’s scheduled home match has been conceded by Edenderry.

The under 7’s/8’s are away to Old Belvedere with a 9am kick-off. The under 11’s are also away to Old Belvedere kick-off 10am. The under 12’s are away to Clondalkin with a 10AM kick-off. The Minis and under 9’s have training as normal. The under 16s boys team are away to Clontarf in the cup with a 12AM kick-off on Sunday.

Please make every effort to support all our teams.

Weekend Fixtures 8th-9th February

With the Six Nations continuing this weekend there are again no men’s senior fixtures. The women’s team are in action though on Friday evening with a rearranged fixture away to Athy in Division 4B of the women’s league. Kick-off is 7.45PM in the Showgrounds.

There is just the one youths fixture with the under 12’s away to Clondalkin, kick-off 10am, meeting at 9.30am in Clondalkin. All other teams training at normal times.

Weekend Fixtures 1st-2nd February

With the Six Nations beginning this weekend there are no senior fixtures but the youth teams are still busy.

On Sunday the under 16s boys are away to Balbriggan with a 12 noon kick-off. The under 12’s are away to St Brigids, kick-off 11am, meeting at 10.30am. The under 11’s are away to Old Wesley, kick-off 10am, meeting at 9.45. All other teams training at normal times.

Tallaght 14 Coolmine 7

Ken McGovern

Tallaght 1sts: 14

Try: Aaron Shanahan, Ken McGovern
Con: Rob Hudson 2

Coolmine 7

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

Tallaght RFC

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

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend Fixtures 25th-26th January

It’s another busy weekend of rugby ahead.

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.