08 Dec 2021

Tipperary Rugby: Kilfeacle record bonus try win over Abbeyfeale

Tipperary Rugby: Kilfeacle record bonus try win over Abbeyfeale

The Kilfeacle U14s made it three wins from three in the East Munster League with a 31-12 win over a well-drilled Cashel team on Saturday night last.



After the previous week’s narrow defeat it was vitally important to continue the league campaign with a win on Saturday last. However when the opponents were Abbeyfeale, who are fighting for some valuable league points, it was going to be a tough assignment.
A much-changed Kilfeacle team started this match, as new combinations were tried out, some forced, some unforced.
The visiting side had the advantage of a slight breeze for the first half. Abbeyfeale started the game well and immediately pushed Kilfeacle back into their own 22. With five minutes gone the visiting side had a penalty attempt straight in front of the goal which they converted to open the scoring 3-0.
Kilfeacle’s play was very disjointed in this opening period and some fine team play saw Abbeyfeale score a try under the posts after 10 minutes after some missed tackles in the centre of the field. The try was converted and Abbeyfeale had taken a shock 10-0 lead.
After a frank exchange of words among the Kilfeacle team, the game restarted. Gradually Kilfeacle started to play better and were having a much better return for their efforts.
In the 25th minute, after a long spell of Kilfeacle pressure and many missed chances, Kilfeacle and District scored a try from a rolling maul and touched down by Ricky Whitney. Gavin Heuston, who was on kicking duties, converted it to bring the score to 10-7 in favour of Abbeyfeale.
As the half wore on Kilfeacle pushed further and further into their opponents’ territory and managed to put together some threatening attacks which finished, in the 36th minute, with a pushover try touched down by Diarmuid O’Donnell.
Gavin Heuston once again found the target against the breeze for the conversion attempt.
The home side looked the more threatening and with the score reading 14-10n Kilfeacle’s pack were coming to terms with their opponents and the conditions.
The forwards, pack and bench, which consisted of Diarmuid O’Donnell, Simon Barry, Ricky Whitney, Adam O’Connell, Philip O’Connor, Christopher Farrell, Sean McGrath, Jack McLaughlin, Robert Noonan, Darren Ryan and Kevin Kinnane laid the foundations for a badly -needed and hard-earned victory.
Kilfeacle and District finished the half leading by 14 points to 10.
From the restart, Kilfeacle immediately took the game to Abbeyfeale. The backs Jack Armshaw, Darren Lowry, Gavin Heuston, John Bourke, Shane Luby, William Staunton, Evan Breen, Kevin Doyle and James Hogan were immense in their attacking and defensive prowess and were very hungry to add to the try count, as Kilfeacle went in search of a crucial bonus point win.
Kilfeacle were on the offensive immediately. However they were met with a very resolute Abbeyfeale defence, who were buoyed by their first half performance.
Kilfeacle attacked, wave after wave, and it seemed only a matter of time before a third try would arrive. It came in the 59th minute with a great team effort finished by Kevin Doyle, although it was not converted. The scoreboard read 19-10 with only 21 minutes remaining.
Kilfeacle and District showed no sign of relenting and gained territorial advantage and within five minutes were further ahead, with the Abbeyfeale defence giving way to a well-worked try touched down by Evan Breen in the corner, after excellent work from Christopher Farrell, Ricky Whitney and Darren Ryan, who were inspired on the day. Gavin Heuston’s conversion attempt from the sideline drifted off target so the score was now 24-10.
The winning bonus point had been secured, so this signalled the emptying of the bench to give some more squad members some very valuable experience and playing time.
The game became disjointed with so many changes and this did allow Abbeyfeale back into the game.
Abbeyfeale, to their credit, never gave up in their pursuit of a losing bonus point and in the dying seconds of the game were rewarded with a try under the posts, which was converted.
The final scoreline of 24-17 in favour of the home side meant that Kilfeacle and District had moved back to joint top of the league table and Abbeyfeale had earned a very valuable away losing bonus point.

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