Tuesday 25 September 2018

Shell-shocked Skerries are destroyed by Old Crescent

Old Crescent 45 Skerries 0

Skerries travelled to Rossbrien last Saturday for the much-anticipated top-of-the-table clash with Old Crescent and suffered a chastening experience, going down to one of their heaviest defeats in recent times.

The beautiful autumnal weather brought out a large home crowd as well as a loyal Skerries contingent, but it turned into a gruelling encounter for the away side due to incessant pressure from Old Crescent who remained dominant throughout.

After seven minutes Skerries fell behind after Old Crescent's Larry Hanly crossed over the line for a try converted by Mc Kenna, and another converted score by Monaghan 20 minutes into the game saw Skerries fall 14 points behind.

On the half hour Skerries tried to get a foothold into the match, but after conceding possession Old Crescent's players took advantage and scored two further tries in four minutes.

The first, by left winger Val Mc Dermot, and the second by Hanly were both were converted and the Goats were already staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat at this stage, trailing 28-0.

Skerries put real pressure on the Old Crescent line for the last 10 minutes of the half by using a strong maul and were unlucky that the half-time whistle stopped this positive momentum without a score to reflect their efforts.

The second period started with a full rainbow over the pitch - but any thoughts that a crock of gold would be found by Skerries RFC team soon dissipated.

Conditions deteriorated, with squalls of rain and wind, but the Skerries players battled on and very nearly opened their account with surges by Jim Mulvany - who had replaced his injured brother Tom - supported by Joe Glennon and Tom O'Hare.

On the 68 minute mark some excellent defensive work by Woods, who had replaced Eoghan Carron who also had to retire with an injury sustained in stopping a try, led to a scrum on the 10-metre mark for Old Crescent.

From there their left winger McDermot scored his second try, and that followed by a sixth Old Crescent touchdown scored by Monaghan - 38-0.

Skerries tackled feverishly in the latter part of the second period, led by their captain Michael Sherlock, Ciaran Leonard and Joe Glennon, but late on Old Crescent out half Mc Kenna scored yet another try and converted it to complete the rout.

Despite the scoreline the Skerries heads never dropped and the whole team continued to work hard right to the final whistle, but their efforts were all in vain as a superb display of excellent running rugby confirmed Old Crescent's position at the summit in the league table.

Skerries can look forward to a home floodlit league match this Friday against Navan.

Fingal Independent