Clontarf 12 Tallaght 1sts 8

Ken McGovern

Clontarf 12

Tallaght 1sts 8

Try: Aaron Shanahan
Pen: Rob Hudson

Metro League Division 7
Castle Avenue

Tallaght travelled over the Liffey to take on third placed Clontarf. The home side had a big experienced pack and they played a hard-running style. They dominated the early part of the match and earned a penalty kick at goal that was missed. However from the restart poor concentration from Tallaght let Clontarf straight through and though they were stopped close to the line eventually they got it wide and scored a try in the corner. They converted to take a 7-0 lead.

Tallaght hit back and Daryl Keogh made a fine run which led to a penalty which was kicked to touch near the Clontarf line. However the Tallaght lineout malfunctioned as it did on several occasions and Tallaght couldn’t take advantage of Clontarf being down a man for ten minutes after they got a yellow card for a high tackle. Tallaght got themselves in good positions to score but every time they undermined themselves with basic errors and Clontarf led 7-0 at half-time.

In the second half Clontarf took advantage of more poor tackling from Tallaght to score a second try to take a 12-0 lead. Clontarf’s lineout was also struggling and Alan Moore was constantly stealing their ball. A good run from winger Rob Hudson got Tallaght into the Clontarf half and earned a penalty which Hudson kicked to make it 12-3. Tallaght looked to have scored a try when Ciaran Keane kicked ahead and appeared to have touched the ball down before the deadball line. But the referee, who had been badly out of position, decided as he couldn’t see the grounding that he couldn’t award the try.

Then with three minutes left to play Tallaght finally got their backline moving and they scored a try through full back Aaron Shanahan to make it 12-8. After another fine run by Hudson was halted by a high tackle, the ball was kicked to touch and Tallaght had a final change to snatch the win. However the lineout malfunctioned again and Clontarf won the ball and kicked it out to end the contest. However the losing bonus point leaves Tallaght two points ahead of Clontarf with a game in hand. When the news came through later that AIB had lost heavily away to Seapoint it meant Tallaght stay on top of the table.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh saw some positives despite the defeat. “We’ve come away and got a losing bonus point, which could be vital in what’s turning into a tight league. They were a big experienced team but we defended them quite well for the most part. We never quite got our own attacking gameplan going though but we’re still top. However we have to get back on the saddle and beat Seapoint next week.”

Man of the match: Daryl Keogh

Tallaght RFC

15. Aaron Shanahan
14. Rob Hudson
13. Daryl Keogh
12. Padhraig Jones
11. Karl Segrave
10. David Clarke
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Alan Sower
2. Sean Hanlon
3. Tony McManus
4. Colin Morrison
5. Joe Ivers
6. Jack Russell
7. Alan Moore
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)


16. Andy Caswell
17. Kevin Quinn
18. Daniel Pomares
19. Ciaran Keane
20. Ken McGovern
21. Shane Guerrine
22. Brian Lacey

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 19th/20th January 2019

Jack Russell

It’s another busy weekend for Tallaght RFC.

After beating Clondalkin last week the men’s first team are back on top of the Metro League Division 7 with a game in hand on both AIB and Clontarf. They face Clontarf this weekend with the chance to put some distance between them and the third placed Northsiders. Please note the earlier than normal kick-off time of 11.30AM in Castle Avenue.

The early kick-off in Clontarf means we’ll be able to watch both the men’s teams play. The Tallaght/DLSP combined team ‘Tallasalle’ are away to CYM in Division 11 on Saturday. Tallasalle won their first four games of the season but have since lost their last two. However they remain in strong contention to reach the final and a win over third placed CYM would give them a great chance. Kick off is at 2.30pm in Terenure Road North

On Sunday the women’s team take on third placed Greystones. Tallaght acquitted themselves well against leaders Naas last week and will hope to build on that performance. Kick-off on pitch 100 opposite Firhouse Community School is 1PM.

In the youths there is training for Bisto’s ladies Friday at 6.45 at St Marys. On Saturday the Under 18’s bistos travel to Carlow with Kick off at 12pm but subject to change. On Sunday the Under 9’s have a blitz in Blackrock meeting there at 9am. The minis and Under 11’s have training in Firhouse Community College and our older youths travel to Ashbourne meeting there at 10.30am for a kick off at 11am.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Shauna Power

Naas 64 Tallaght 19

Aisling Pyke

Naas R.F.C. 64

Tallaght R.F.C. 19

Tries: Aisling Pyke 3
Con: Caoimhe Hogan 2

Women’s League Division 4
Pitch 100, Firhouse

Tallaght took on the unbeaten league leaders Naas in their first match after the Christmas break. Tallaght were hampered by losing Angelika Gertz and skipper Ciara McLaughlin to injury early in the match. This forced them to play with one player less than Naas and the home team ruthlessly exploited their advantage out wide. Naas raced into a 28-0 lead at half-time but in the second half Tallaght got it back to 28-14 on the back of two tries from the immense Aisling Pyke both of which were converted by Caoimhe Hogan.

Naas responded like the champions they will surely become. Their coach and Ireland international Jenny Murphy brought on some fresh legs and they ran in a few more tries to settle the game as a contest. However Tallaght showed great heart and refused to give up. They got back down the field again and laid the foundation for Aisling Pyke to force her way over for her hat-trick try which was hugely deserved for her all round performance. The final score was 64-19 to Naas but Tallaght emerged from the game with huge credit for the way they took the match to the Kildare women.

Tackle coach Adam Nolan was delighted with his team’s performance. “Naas are the class team of the league so we were always up against it. Before today they’d only conceded 64 points in ten games combined but we scored 19 points against them. They had the beating of us out wide and like all good teams they exploited that but we really took it to them up front. We scored three tries against them and gave them problems they’re not used to facing. Now we just need to build on this and take this form into our last three league games of the season.”


15. Megan Fogarty
14. Angelika Gertz
13. Ciara McLaughlin (Captain)
12. Eileen Shanahan
11. Lisa O’Connell
10. Caoimhe Hogan
9. Shauna Power

1. Martina Fitzpatrick
2. Lisa Kennedy
3. Karen Corrigan
4. Seana Greenhalgh
5. Lisa Connors
6. Vicky Cobbe
7. Ciara Corcoran
8. Aisling Pyke


16. Anne Kavanagh

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh & Cathy Reavy

Tallaght 1st 32 Clondalkin 7

Jack Russell

Tallaght 1sts 32

Try: Daryl Keogh, Adam Nolan, Andrew Rudd, Ciaran Keane
Con: Shane Guerrine, Rob Hudson 2,
Pen: Rob Hudson 2

Clondalkin 7

Metro League Division 7
Tymon Park

Tallaght returned to action after the Christmas break with a home derby against local rivals Clondalkin. Clondalkin actually did Tallaght a favour last weekend when they beat second placed AIB. However Tallaght weren’t in a mood to show any gratitude and they quickly set about dominating Clondalkin. The pressure paid off after just five minutes when the ball was taken up by the pack and then worked wide for Daryl Keogh to go through a gap for a fine try. Shane Guerrine kicked the conversion to make it 7-0 to Tallaght but the fly-half had to leave the field shortly afterwards after he rolled an ankle making a tackle.

Tallaght continued to dominate though and smart tactical kicking kept Clondalkin trapped in their own half. Rob Hudson kicked two penalties to make the half time score 13-0 to Tallaght. In the second half Tallaght continued to dominate and Adam Nolan went over the line but the referee ruled he’d been held up. They went back for a penalty advantage though and from a similar move this time there was no denying Nolan as he powered over for the try which Hudson converted to make it 20-0 to Tallaght.

Tallaght have been guilty of not scoring enough points in some games earlier in the season but in this match they were relentless. After a lineout move the backline moved the ball out wide and eventually scrum-half Andy Rudd broke through to score a try for the second match running. Hudson converted again to make it 27-0. Tallaght completed their scoring for the day with a fine try from winger Ciaran Keane. The ball was worked wide by the backs again and Keane stepped inside his man and then showed great pace to score his first try for the men’s first team. Clondalkin finally roused themselves to score a consolation try which they converted to make the final score 32-7 to Tallaght which put them back on top of the table with a game in hand over second placed AIB.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted with the win and the performance. “It an excellent performance, we stuck to our task very well. Our pack was rock solid and our backs worked really well together. It was great to score four tries but we probably left a few behind us as well so there’s room to improve too. January is a massive month for us with games away to Clontarf and at home to Seapoint coming up. We know if we win both these games, we’ll be in a great position to earn a home final.”

Man of the match: Adam Nolan

Tallaght RFC

15. Daryl Keogh
14. Rob Hudson
13. Simon Collie
12. David Clarke
11. Ciaran Keane
10. Shane Guerrine
9. Andrew Rudd

1. Alan Sower
2. Sean Hanlon
3. Andy Caswell
4. Kevin Quinn
5. Joe Ivers
6. Daniel Pomares
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)

Substitute Positions

16. Andy Grace
17. Alan Moore
18. Karl Segrave
19. Aaron Shanahan
20. Brian Lacey

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Adam Nolan scores a try
Daniel Pomares competes for a lineout

Weekend fixtures 12th/13th January 2019

Happy New Year!

After the Christmas break Tallaght RFC are back in business this weekend beginning with a local derby.

On Saturday the Tallaght men’s first team are at home to Clondalkin in the Metro League Division 7. Their local rivals did them a favour last weekend when they beat AIB. They means Tallaght are a point head of AIB and level with leaders Clontarf but with a game in hand on both. With Clontarf away to AIB this weekend, Tallaght have a great chance to return to the top of the table but they need to be wary of Clondalkin whose form have improved since Tallaght beat them at the start of the season. Kick-off is at 2.30 in Tymon Park.

On Sunday the women’s team take on leaders Naas who’ve only lost once all season. But Tallaght come into the match with the feelgood factor of a win in their last match at home to Athy. Kick-off in Forenaughts is 1AM.

In the youths there is training for Bisto’s ladies Friday at 6.30 at St Marys. On Sunday there is training for the minis at Firhouse Community College at 10am and the older youths from 10.30AM.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

St Stephens Day match 2018

The St. Stephen’s day game took place again in Firhouse and there was a great turnout for it.  There were players from the women’s, men’s and youth’s teams plus a few special guests.  The game was played in a fun but safe way so all players could enjoy it apart from Andrew “Van Gogh” Rudd.  There was plenty of Christmas jumpers and silly costumes including Nick Ahearne’s fabulous kilt.  

With regard to the game itself, it was expertly refereed (from the sideline) by Mr El Presidente Jim O’Connor in a calm yet elegant manner. The game itself was won 19-10 by the team in the bibs. 

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. 

Tallaght RFC St. Stephen’s Day Game

The Tallaght R.F.C. St. Stephen’s day game has been a tradition for a number of years now and for the third 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 Adam Nolan 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. 

Here are some pictures of last year’s game!!!  

Madden Cup final preview

Tallaght Rugby club are in the final of the Madden Cup for the second time in three seasons.

They head to Malahide RFC for the final which is always hosted there after it was named for the late long-time club member John Madden. When Tallaght made the final two years ago, they lost by just two points to Coolmine in what was a cracking game. This time they will hope to get over the line and they take on a DLSP side who they’ve had plenty of battles with over the years. Tallaght have made the final with two hard fought wins over Guinness and Railway Union while DLSP have beaten AIB and Coolmine.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh is looking forward to the final. “We have had another very positive start to the season and are top of our league having not hit top form this season as yet. The training been very positive with good numbers and we’ve benefitted from the introduction of our new backs coach Gary Brennan. His enthusiasm and knowledge is challenging the backs to improve their game and it is only a matter of time before it clicks.

“The big challenge this week is to produce a performance and play to our potential. If this happens we have a very good chance to upset the odds. The leadership within the team this year has been excellent and that is bringing their skills levels to a place they haven’t reached before. Again the support on the sideline has been incredible this year with all the club behind us and here’s hoping as always the wider community will support Tallaght RFC this weekend in Malahide.”

Madden Cup Final
Saturday 15th December 2018
Malahide RFC
Kick-off 1.00PM

Aaron Shanahan

Tallaght 17 Athy 12

Martina Fitzpatrick

Tallaght R.F.C. 17

Tries: Martina Fitzpatrick, Ellen Crotty, Roisin Doyle
Con: Aisling Pyke

Athy R.F.C. 12

Women’s League Division 4
Pitch 100, Firhouse

Tallaght took on sixth place Athy in Division 4 of the Women’s league looking for their second win of the season. They started well with a great move by the forwards that ended with Martina Fitzpatrick going over from close range. Aisling Pyke made the conversion and Tallaght led 7-0. But shortly after the kick off Athy broke through and scored a try but missed the conversion to leave the score at 7-5.

Then after some great teamwork between the forwards and backs centre Ellen Crotty broke through and made a great run from 35 yards out to score a excellent try to make it 12-5 to Tallaght. Within 10 mins Athy broke through again and this time they converted the try to make it 12 points each at halftime. Tallaght started the second half as they started the first and after some great pressure, Rosin Doyle broke through the Athy defence to score a great try to make it 17-12.

Athy tried to come back but due to the fantastic defence by Tallaght, Athy found it hard to make any ground. Tackle after tackle went in and Athy kept coming but Tallaght kept sending them back and the game finished 17-12 to the home team.

Tackle coach Adam Nolan was delighted with his team’s performance. “The pack led from the front with strong carries and big up defence. There was some big tackles by Megan Fogarty and Rosin Doyle and Ellen Crotty made several cover tackles to save our bacon. There was plenty of strong carries from the pack and also strong runs from Eileen Shanahan and Megan. I have to give a big mention to Martina Fitzpatrick who really set the tone early with some great carries and line breaks and an excellent try followed by a big effort at the rucks with a few turnovers. There was also a few typical bone-crunching tackles from Aisling Pyke and Vicky Cobbe also got through a lot of work. Overall I’m just delighted for the whole squad. We’ve had a few tough results but everyone worked hard to contribute towards the win and it’s great to go into the Christmas break on the back of a positive result.”

Woman of the match: Martina Fitzpatrick


15. Megan Fogarty
14. Angelika Gertz
13. Ellen Crotty
12. Eileen Shanahan
11. Therese Prendiville
10. Aisling Pyke
9. Shauna Power

1. Seana Greenhalgh
2. Karen Corrigan
3. Ciara Corcoran
4. Vicky Cobbe
5. Martina Fitzpatrick (Captain)
6. Roisin Doyle

16. Lisa Kennedy
17. Melissa Luttrell

Report: Mark Luttrell
Photo: Anne Kavanagh

Weekend fixtures 8th/9th December

Daryl Keogh

It’s not too far from Christmas but Tallaght RFC are still busy.

With Friday’s scheduled match for the men’s first team cancelled due to Navan withdrawing from the Metro Division, the focus is on Tallasalle’s game away to Swords in Division 11 on Saturday. With leaders Clontarf not playing, a win for Tallasalle will put them top of the table for the Christmas break and kick-off is 2PM at the ALSAA Sports Complex.

On Sunday the women’s team also have their final league game before the Christmas break. They are at home to Athy and kick-off on Pitch 100 in Firhouse is 1AM.

In the youths there is training for Bisto’s ladies Friday at 6.30 at St Marys. On Sunday the Under 11’s are away to Terenure meeting at 9.15am. There is training for the other Mini’s at Firhouse Community College at 10am and the older youths from 10.30AM.

Please make your best effort to get out and support all our teams.

Megan Fogarty