|Killarney 2nd XV 15; Bandon 2nd XV 30|
Killarney 2nd XV 15; Bandon 2nd XV 30
Mick Barry Cup Group A
Killarney entertained Bandon last Sunday in the Mick Barry Cup, in a game which guaranteed the winners a place in the semi-finals. In a closely fought first half both sides battled well but as the second half wore on, the superior fitness of the visitors gave them the edge and were comfortable winners in the end.
There was just 3 minutes on the clock when David Treacy put Killarney on the scoreboard with a penalty goal following an early attack. Bandon attacked purposefully afterwards but Killarney’s defensive unit held well and limited Bandon’s territorial gain. The visitors then changed tactics to good effect and after 17 minutes their backline showed good hands in spreading the ball wide as fullback Colin O’Mahony joined the attack to score. A well struck conversion followed from Andrew Willis for a 7-3 lead.
Killarney re-grouped well however and good attacking play by the forwards saw them surge into the Bandon 22 and once in the red zone there was no stopping Paul Moynihan getting his try as he powered over the line. Treacy kicked the conversion and Killarney were back in front. Before the half-time interval however Bandon struck again for another try and once again it was the flying fullback O’Mahony who scored giving them a 12-10 advantage.
With a couple of changes for the second half Killarney started well but were rocked after just 5 minutes when Bandon’s Colm Hurley broke clear to score an easy try. With the conversion added by Willis, Bandon’s lead was now 9 points, and it became 12 when Willis added a penalty a few minutes later. Killarney responded well however and good ball carrying by forwards Paul Moynihan, Ollie O’Neill and Cha Johnston as well as breaks by George Linehan and Tom O’Sullivan brought Killarney into Bandon’s 22. Under pressure they conceded penalties and inevitably one resulted in a yellow card.
With the extra man Killarney surged forward and it was Ollie O’Neill who broke through to get the touch down bringing Killarney to within 7. Killarney continued to press hard again but once Bandon were back to full numbers it looked unlikely that they would let Killarney in again. Another swift attack by the visitors with less than 10 remaining resulted in another score as Andrew Willis landed a penalty, and in the dying minutes they secured the winning bonus point when Colm Hurley crossed the line for a second time leaving the final score 15-30.Bandon have now secured a home semi-final in the Mick Barry Cup while Killarney will need a victory away to Clonakilty in the final Group match if they are to join them.