Rugby : U20s vs Shannon
Match Type: U20 Donal Walsh Trophy
Date & Time: November 3rd 2018, 12:30 pm
Score: 25 vs 8
Match Report: Match Report for U20s UCC Vs. Shannon The College u20’s side began their Donal Walsh Trophy campaign in a winning way this Saturday under the tutelage of coaches Neil Lucey and Jason Wycherley. The sides began in an even affair with Shannon pressing their possession advantage early before UCC returned fire by turning over the ball and kicking for the corner off a penalty. The College did not squander their possession and after a few phases of backs play Jack Casey’s son Sam touched down next to the posts to give the game its opening score. Eoin Monahan however seemed to have left his kicking boots at home and missed the easy conversion and it remained 5-0. Shannon battled back with hard play and strong attack and were able to use their chances inside the College’s 22 to gain a penalty to make it 5-3. Cian Fitzgerald led the College in response with his trademark intelligent play and pace and helped the College return to the oppositions half where Captain Fantastic Adam McAuliffe got a lucky break in the defence and fell over the line with characteristically strong hands to make it 12-0. Eoin Monahan was true from the tee this time and made it 12-3. Despite the windy and rainy conditions both teams held up well in the breakdown, save for a few mistakes in handling. The penalties began to pile up for the College in defence until eventually Adam McAuliffe was given ten minutes rest in the bin for illegal play and a poor haircut. Shannon began to use the extra man advantage, though some thought the captains absence was unnoticed such was the defensive effort of man of the Match Ronan Barry. The efforts of the College men to keep Shannon out however were not rewarded as the hosts made it 12-8 but failed to convert the extra two points. College prop Conor Burke however was not to be stopped in returning fire and remained calm under pressure as always to gain a penalty which Eoin Monahan kicked to make a convincing 15-8 half time score. Play returned in much the same way it ended in the second half with the College retaining most of the possession thanks to the efforts of their back-row. Play entered somewhat of a stalemate during the second half until Jack Casey’s son was substituted with a dislocated shoulder and super sub Conor “Bagged A Meat Pie Against Lansdowne” McCarthy entered the fray. Cian Fitzgerald again used his blistering pace to cut through the Shannon defence and Eoin Monahan made it 22-8. UCC returned to Shannon’s half only a few minutes later and received a late penalty to make it 25-8. Shannon battled back late on but were denied by Ronan Barry who seemed like a sixteenth man in defence such was his last minute try saving tackle. The game ended 25-8 with Manager Tommy Holohan’s side emerging the well-deserved victors in a very physical battle.