After a run of excellent results in the League, Kilfeacle and District RFC beat Shannon 35-24 in the Munster Junior Cup.
Shannon were first to attack and within 2 minutes had scored a converted try.
Kilfeacle replied after 12 minutes when Jack Sullivan scored after a great team effort and Gavin Heuston converted.
Shannon scored another converted try and to take the lead. The visiting side were on top for the majority of the half but for all their possession and territorial advantage they found it very difficult to build up good phases of play and their endeavours were plagued with handling errors partially induced by the playing conditions. Gavin Heuston kicked a penalty for Kilfeacle. In the 32nd minute James Mullane, Diarmuid O’Donnell and Cormac O’Donoghue all in turn carried the ball and made up the hard yards for John Hannigan to score his team’s second try of the game and take the lead to 15-14.
Another Heuston penalty made ti 18-14 at half time.
Kilfeacle started the second half well and used the wind to their advantage but they were having the same difficulties as Shannon were in the first half. Handling errors, lost footing, misplaced passes and loose ball seemed to be the menu for the day.
After 8 minutes the Kilfeacle team had come to grips with the weather conditions and started to build good phases of play, some great work and breaks put Kilfeacle in a scoreable position when Shane Morrissey scored a great try created by the backs and converted by Gavin Heuston.
Ten minutes later the same formula produced a different result when this time, captain Diarmuid Carr finished the move and again Gavin Heuston converted. Kilfeacle were now in cruise mode but not for long as Shannon were not about to sit back and take a beating.
After some immense work and on the 26th minute mark Shannon were awarded and scored the penalty to notch up Shannon first score of the second half. Maybe just maybe the comeback was on. Buoyed by inroads made the visiting team started to build again, each time getting closer and closer to their opponents try line. On one occasion, after 32 minutes, the visiting side had 17 phases of play starting in their own 22 and finishing 10 yards short of Kilfeacle’s line at which stage they met the Kilfeacle pack which defended their line tirelessly and selflessly in dismal conditions, they embodied everything that was good about Kilfeacle and District on the day.
Shannon were now in the ascendancy and it seemed to be a case of damage limitations for Kilfeacle. It seemed only a matter of time now before Shannon would score again and after some good play they scored a converted try bringing the score to 32-24. Kilfeacle needed to relieve some pressure and grab a foothold in the game. This they did and were very unlucky on a number of occasions not to score another try and with just minutes remaining on the clock, another huge hit by Sean McGrath set up a penalty opportunity converted by Heuston to finish the scoring. Time was running out for the visitors. So when the referee signalled that time was up a very weary Shannon side accepted defeat but the very sizeable crowd acknowledged the part they had played in a very entertaining game.
Our first team is back in competitive action next week in the league away to Muskerry RFC with kick off at 2.30pm on Sunday. Muskerry will be favourites for this one with their home advantage and will be looking to deprive Kilfeacle of a top 5 finish. The “little club on the hill” will need the help of our supporters if we are to win, the team is delighted by the amount of support they receive and hope that their supporters will continue to come along and support the “Boys in Blue”.
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