Dungannon Rugby Club

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Match Centre

U14 v Monaghan

Ulster League
26 - 5
Sat 17 November 18
Kick Off: 11:00
Venue: Rafeenan

Match Report

Referee – Patsey McElroy

1. Luis Houston
2. Senan nugent
3. Hayden Godfrey
4. Ruben Kelly
5. Samuel Cooke
6. Brooklyn Fletcher (Capt)
7. Jamie Gildernew
8. Thomas McGuigan
9. Cormac Drayne
10. Zac Holmes
11. Sam Taylor
12. Ben Hughes
13. Michael O’Neill
14. Adam Kelly
15. Conor O’Neill

16. Jake Simpson
17. Daniel Kelso
18. Luuk Curran
19. Eoghan Donnelly
20. Mathew Loan
21. Harry Wiggam

This was the starting line up for today’s game when Joey and Sheehan withdrew due to injury but even the best laid plans can change which is what happened today when Reuben injured his elbow in the warm up and couldn’t play. With plan A and B out the window, Eoghan Donnelly (who normally comes on as a fresh impact player) had to step in from the off which compromised our second half strategy to freshen up and rearrange the forwards.
As expected we started strong and bashed our way to a try in the first 5 minutes when Thomas McGuigan went over in the corner for an unconverted try 5-0 but as the game went on, Monaghan soon caught onto the main ball carriers and upped the pressure to turn them over.
One such turn over and a kick clearance brought Monaghan into our 22 but a good tackle by Conor O’Neill and an attempt to jackle and steal the ball by Adam Kelly was not rewarded with a penalty for holding on. Instead the referee allowed Monaghan time to ruck Adam off the ball much to the annoyance of the Coaches.
Dungannon put up a good defence but for every Dungannon tackle (and there was plenty), there needs to be a second player in close ready to steal the ball or slow down the next attack to allow the Dungannon defenders to get set.
Unfortunately this didn’t happen and despite the numerous valiant tackles, Monaghan simply recycled the ball and eventually crashed over for a converted try 5-7
At the restart Dungannon should have put points on the board as the forwards launched wave after wave of hard carries as they inched closer to the Monaghan try line but at this age, every player wants to score a try when the simple option would have been to go wide through the hands of the backs and run around the corner. Unfortunately Dungannon don’t take the simple option until a turnover ball resulted in Monaghan breaking out and despite a forward pass being missed by the referee the result was an unconverted try 5-12 for Monaghan which brought the first half to an end.
In the second half Dungannon brought on replacements in an attempt to freshen up the team but most of the replacements were backs where’s Monaghan replaced their forwards which had a bigger impact on the game.
It didn’t help when one of the Dungannon front row took an accidental kick to the face and had to go off but this was always going to be a tough game.
To be honest Dungannon did well to keep Monaghan from running away with the game but as Dungannon slowed down, Monaghan speeded up which resulted in Dungannon giving away several penalties for tackling high as frustration got the better of them.
In the end Monaghan accumulated two more converted try’s and ended the game 26-5


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