Sk­er­ries up to sec­ond af­ter win over ‘Quins

Fingal Independent - - SPORT -

SK­ER­RIES moved up to sec­ond spot in the Di­vi­sion 2B ta­ble af­ter earn­ing a hard-fought bonus-point win over base­ment side Belfast Har­lequins at breezy Holm­patrick on Satur­day.

A large and ex­pec­tant crowd turned out, per­haps ex­pect­ing an easy af­ter­noon, but the young ‘Quins team had other ideas.

From the out­set they showed their in­ten­tions with ag­gres­sive ruck­ing and strong run­ning from their big pack and Sk­er­ries were caught off-guard and quickly con­ceded two penal­ties.

Har­lequins out half Timmy Emer­son pointed to the posts for the sec­ond of th­ese kicks and duly con­verted.

It took un­til the 10th minute for Sk­er­ries to start stamp­ing their au­thor­ity on the game. From a li­ne­out on the 10-me­tre line they took a ball off the top from Jim Mul­vaney and quick hands saw Lor­can Jones put away down the wing, only to be stopped just short of the line by an ex­cel­lent last­ditch tackle from the im­pres­sive ‘Quins full back Mark Glover.

Ex­cel­lent hard run­ning by Chris Wilkin­son and Barry Mur­phy kept Sk­er­ries on the front foot, the pack started to as­sert them­selves against the big­ger ‘Quins pack and ex­cel­lent scrum­mag­ing by Cor­mac Mar­rey, Chris Tonge and Mark Nally kept the vis­i­tors’ scrum un­der pres­sure for the whole af­ter­noon.

Sk­er­ries con­tin­ued to probe and could have had a cou­ple of tries but for ex­cel­lent de­fence by ‘Quins. Just on the half-hour, though, the re­lent­less pres­sure saw the hosts open their ac­count.

An ex­cel­lent li­ne­out maul was stopped just shy of the line, Sk­er­ries re­cy­cled and drives by Cor­mac Mar­rey and Mark Nally were stopped but cre­ated enough of a hole for Eoghan Car­ron to dive over for the first try. Billy Mulc­ahy con­verted to give Sk­er­ries a de­served 7-3 lead.

They were on the score board again within three min­utes when Billy Mulc­ahy fed a quick ball to Lor­can Jones and his quick hands put Dara Lown­des in for Sk­er­ries’ sec­ond try which Mulc­ahy con­verted.

In the 38th minute Sk­er­ries went over again for a try. This time pa­tient work by Paul De­vitt and Chris Tonge saw the ‘Quins de­fence sucked in. A quick ball from the ruck saw Joe Glen­non feed the speedy Dara Lown­des who ran in un­touched for his sec­ond try of the day. Mulc­ahy added the con­ver­sion and Sk­er­ries went in at half-time 21-3 ahead.

The sec­ond half saw Sk­er­ries play­ing into a strength­en­ing breeze, and driven for­ward by out half Timmy Emer­son and aided by the wind ‘Quins pinned Sk­er­ries into their 22.

Big tack­les by Micky Sher­lock and Paul De­vitt kept the Sk­er­ries line in­tact, though, and the im­pres­sive front row again came up trumps, win­ning a scrum penalty on their own five-me­tre line.

‘Quins con­tin­ued to at­tack, how­ever, and in the 53rd minute they forced a penalty on the 22-me­tre line and the re­sult­ing kick for the posts was suc­cess­ful.

Four min­utes later more ex­cel­lent ruck­ing by ‘Quins saw Sk­er­ries pe­nalised for hold­ing on and ‘Quins again opted to go for the posts and the suc­cess­ful kick brought the score to 21-9.

‘Quins con­tin­ued to search for their open­ing try and re­tained pos­ses­sion through 14 phases, but ex­cel­lent de­fence by Sk­er­ries even­tu­ally saw the ball knocked on.

How­ever, in the 68th minute the home de­fence was fi­nally breached, with full back Glover go­ing over in the cor­ner, and although the dif­fi­cult con­ver­sion was sent wide Sk­er­ries’ lead was now re­duced to seven points.

The re­sult re­mained in doubt un­til three min­utes from time when Sk­er­ries’ Chris Wilkin­son took a flat pass and drove at the ‘Quins de­fence. A quick ball from the ruck re­leased Micky Sher­lock who took it into con­tact be­fore re­leas­ing the ball to Mau­rice Mcau­ley who ran over un­der the posts for Sk­er­ries’ bonus point try. Paul De­vitt added the con­ver­sa­tion.

SK­ER­RIES: Ross Gor­don; Lor­can Jones, Dara Lown­des, Micky Sher­lock, Paul De­vitt; Billy Mulc­ahy, Eoghan Car­ron; Cor­mac Mar­rey, Chris Tonge, Mark Nally; Joe Glen­non, Jim Mul­vaney; Chris Wilkin­son, Barry Mur­phy, Tom Mul­vaney. Re­place­ments: Kieran Leonard, Johnny Sher­win, Tom O’hare, Ruairi Woods, Mau­rice Mcau­ley.

Try scorer Eoghan Car­ron.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.