|Killarney V Castleisland - 22nd October|
Killarney scored an impressive win last Saturday at a very wet home fixture. Despite the appalling weather Killarney got stuck in to Castleisland very well with aggression at ruck time and some ferocious tackling leading to a lot of possession and in such conditions more importantly, territory. After a number of close shaves and near misses by the forwards, Out-half Padraig Clifford kicked beautifully into space for full back and Captain Brian Lynch to touch down. Killarney dominated scrum time for the third week in a row with front row warriors Andrew Courtney, Eoin Walsh and Brendan Curran teaming up to become a formidable force up front. It will be interesting to see how they will fare later in the year against hardened-seasoned front rows. Killarney backs showed some impressive handling despite the bar of soap the ball was. They were unlucky not to score again in the first half. For the first time this season Killarney forwards giving ball to the backs. 2nd row forwards Raife Downey and Christian Lyne Roberts were impressive. Lyne Roberts finally matching his work load at training with that on the pitch which must have pleased his trainers.In the 2nd half conditions deteriorated but Killarney forwards were now dominating the tight play and still managing to keep Castleisland at bay. Daragh Reen and Aaron Jones maintained a high work rate despite the latter’s injury and the formers run-ins with the referee. Half backs Fionnan O Donoghue and Padraig Clifford stared to involve the back line of Padraig Moynihan, Lorcan Down, Danny Healy and Matt Lane into the action. Indeed, Lane ran some lovely lines and was unlucky not to score on a few occasions. Castleisland started to wilt under the considerable pressure and Brian Lynch touched down for his second after some sustained pressure. Late in the game Castleisland started to work some territory and were close to scoring when Lynch intercepted on his own try line to run the length of the pitch to touch down. Even though captain Lynch grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick the foundation for this victory was the hard work done by the forwards. The old adage comes to mind ‘forwards win games, backs decide by how much’.