|Killarney V Listowel - 15th October|
Killarney welcomed Listowel to a wet and windy Direen last Saturday. Listowel were under strength with 8 first team starters out with injury. Killarney stared well tearing into the opposition and creating plenty of possession and opportunities early on. After a succession of close in scrums Aran Jones crossed for the sides’ first try. As it was a wet day there were many scrums and Killarney front row of Andrew Courtney, Brendan Curran and Eoin Walsh dominated up front. Killarney were guilty of wasting a lot of chances as the half wore on. While they dominated possession and territory they found it hard to get their second score. On a number of occasions they failed to use overlaps out wide and give the ball to wingers Matt Lane and Danny Healy. Eventually with 2 minutes to go they scored their second try by Fionnan O Donoghue sniping well as scrum half. Dreaming of half time Killarney fell asleep and allowed Listowel’ s David Collins in under the post affording an easy conversion. Score at half time 10-7.
Killarney made changes at half time and increased the pressure on Listowel whose lack of cover in key positions was starting to show. Back row forwards Luke O Sullivan and Stephen Nagel were showing well and not afraid of hard work. Sustained pressure led to a lovely backs move with full back Brian Lynch pulling the strings and affording Matt Lane the chance to touch down, after a fumble, out wide. Listowel never let the heads drop and fought manfully for the rest of the half without giving up. They forced Killarney into a number of errors and Killarney discipline stared to drop. The referee was very lenient on Killarney on a number quite a number of occasions and all 15 were lucky to stay on the pitch. Despite wasting many chances by failing to use overlaps and returning the ball into contact, Aran Jones and the very impressive Padraig Moynihane crossed for 2 more scores. Listowel failed to drop their heads and after a number of infringements late on by Killarney Sean Dillon crossed to score a try on the final play of the game for Listowel. The final score was 25-12. Impressive on the day were Jones, Moynihan and Lynch with a man of the match performance by Andrew Courtney. The next time these sides meet should be a lot closer if Listowel can get their injured men back, so Killarney need to be aware.