Kilfeacle RFC’s league campaign continued with a difficult home game to Tralee which they lost 28-22.
After eight minutes Tralee were seven points ahead after Kieran Crowley scored a try and Garreth Walsh converted. The home side needed something to happen and it did when Pat Ryan scored after a good move through the backs which consisted of Gavin Hueston, Diarmuid Carr, Charles Walsh, James Hogan, Pat Ryan, Brian Nugent, Shane Morrissey, Jake O’Halloran.
Kilfeacle were a further six points behind after two Tralee penalties. In the 29th minute James Hogan scored a great solo effort from the halfway line which Gavin Hueston converted to bring the scoreline to 13-12 in favour of Tralee.
The Kilfeacle forwards were now coming more and more into the game as the likes of Simon Barry, Tom Doyle, Stephen Flood, Johnny Hannigan, James Mullane, James Ryan (Salmon), Diarmuid O’Donnell, Ger Luby, Jack Sullivan, Sean McGrath, Keith Kearns and Cormac O’Donoghue started to gain the upperhand. With 35 minutes gone Pat Ryan scored another unconverted try to give Kilfeacle a 17-13. A Trlee penalty made it 17-16 at the break.
An improvement came in the second half but it was only after Tralee blocked down an attempted clearance and scored an unconverted try, and rucked and mauled their way over for another converted try in the first 20 minutes to go 11 points ahead. Kilfeacle started to put together good phases of play. However the scoreboard and the clock were against the home side. All Tralee needed to do was to shut Kilfeacle out for another 20 minutes but as the game progressed this seemed more and more unlikely.
Finally in the 73rd minute Kilfeacle displayed their true calibre when, after countless phases of play and a full team effort, Jake O’Halloran scored a try which wasn’t converted to bring the score to 28-22. Tralee weren’t giving up and Kilfeacle threw everything they had at Tralee but to no avail. The tables had completely turned now, Kilfeacle were dominant and Tralee were under pressure. Kilfeacle now lay siege on the Tralee line. All Kilfeacle needed now was one scoring chance to win the game. However one more scoring chance didn’t come and the game ended. If Kilfeacle had just been a small bit more clinical or a little bit luckier, then it is quite possible the result would have been different. This team need to get back into the habit of winning, quickly, or their 1st division league status might just pass them by.
Our fist team is back in competitive action next week in the Junior League away to St. Marys at 2.30pm.