Friday 22 March 2019

Shocked Old Boys don't reign on Skerries' parade

Rugby: Skerries 27 Rainey OB 20

It was a pretty good day for Skerries RFC on Saturday.

There were 120 guests at the 'Business' pre-match lunch where Michael Hoey of Country Crest gave a truly inspirational speech laced with palpable humility which received a standing ovation.

The in-house team charged with the Super Draw delivered on an incredible project that now has enough nuts in the squirrel's store to complete the project on our new pitch.

And then there was the match and, yes, all the superlatives delivered in conversation in the clubhouse afterwards were, for once, right on the money.

Nobody could have dreamed that the Goats would be 22-0 up in as many minutes, and with a bonus point in the bag for good measure. The new electronic scoreboard installed by the Progressive Credit Union could hardly keep up!

The game was only five minutes old when captain Mikey Sherlock scored a magnificent try after some great work by Eoghan Carron, Kevin McGrath and Conor Lennox. Paul Devitt added the conversion.

A few minutes later Skerries lost number 8 Ross McAuley to a HIA and he was replaced by Evan Sherlock who turned in an amazing shift. In particular, he fielded almost every restart with the confidence of a great keeper and made huge gains on each and every one.

A few minutes later Mikey Sherlock turned provider by delivering the scoring pass to Conor Lennox after some great interplay between backs and forwards. This time Paul Devitt could not add the extra points from a difficult position out wide.

Kevin McGrath is showing real signs of a return to the scintillating form that made him a firm favourite with the Skerries supporters and his speed and strength got him over the line for Skerries' third try - 17-0 with just 18 minutes gone.

A great individual break by Eoghan Carron, who was having a fine game at fly half, some him outpace the defence with a 50-metre dash to score Skerries' fourth try.

Rainey eventually hauled themselves back into the contest and responded with a seven-point try and a penalty just before half-time.

The importance of scoring first after the break cannot be overstressed and Skerries, realising this, duly delivered a try on 53 minutes. Lorcan Jones who had an outstanding game, scored a sensational try that changed the dynamic of the game.

Skerries were now more than two converted tries ahead and Rainey knew they had to throw caution to the wind and attack from every position.

To a man, the bench included, Skerries performed heroics and managed the game to its conclusion, and while they did concede two more unconverted tries they ran out deserving winners, with Ben Jenkinson their outstanding player.

Next up is a tricky away test at Greystones on Saturday.

Skerries: K McGrath; C Lennox, M Sherlock, L Jones, E Carron; R Woods, P Devitt; C Marrey, K Leonard, T Scuffil; R Halligan, B Jenkinson; M Turvey, R McAuley, B Murphy. Replacements: Conn Marrey, E Sherlock, R Jenkinson, J Sherwin, D Goodman.

Fingal Independent