Saturday 24 February 2018

Narrow loss for Iascaigh

Sligo's Peter Mullan evades the challenge of a Suttonians opponent during their AIL clash at Hamilton Park last Saturday.
Sligo's Peter Mullan evades the challenge of a Suttonians opponent during their AIL clash at Hamilton Park last Saturday.

COLAISTE IASCAIGH played their first junior development cup match against Colaiste iognaid in Galway. From the off Easkey struggled to keep the ball out of their own half. However the match remained scoreless for the first ten minutes. Easkey started to dominate the scrum and line outs. Even with Easkey's relentless pressure they failed to place points on the scoreboard, with Ronan Hallinan narrowly missing out on try with the ball forced into touch.

Colaiste Iognaid adapted a kicking game from here on in and unfortunately from one of these kicks Easkey fumbled at the back and let the Jes in for their 2nd try. From this try they converted to leave a score line of 12-0.

With time running out in the first half an Easkey maul was formed with Jim Kilgannon carrying an Easkey found themselves within five metres on the line, Ronan Hallinan managed to rip the ball from Jim to get over for Easkeys first try. Finnian Cawley duly stepped up to convert to make the half time score of 12-7.

Following the interval Easkey came out with fire in their belly and followng great Easkey play, Ronan hallinan got on the end of some beautiful passing to get in at the corner for Easkeys second try to level the game. Unfortunately Easkey failed to convert on this occasion from a very tight angle. Easkey came to terms with Colaiste Iognaids kicking game and clever field positioning from Chandler Mc Guinness and Hayden Gilroy stopped the Jes in their tracks.

The next 15 minute was all Easkey , with Corey scanlon narrowly missing out on his try because of a second movement and both Conor Feeney and Jim Kilgannon both held up on the line on two separate occasions.

With just under five minutes to go and totally against the run of play Colaiste Iognaid got in for their 3rd try to make it into a two-score game. Easkey piled on the pressure for the remaining minutes and were rewarded with a well worked try by Bernard Feeney following some great work by Finnian Cawley and Conor Feeney. Finnian converted with the last kick of the game to leave the final score 20-19. Colaiste Iascaigh's play Athone Community College next. COLAISTE IASCAIGH: Robert Mc Allister, Bernard Feeney, Cian Moylan, Conor Feeney, Shane Devaney, Kieran Devaney, Barry Flynn, Jim Kilgannon, Peter Kilgannon, Finnian Cawley, Ronan Hallinan, Hayden Gilroy, Corey Scanlon, Ian Barrett, Chandler Mc Guinness Niall Crean, Dylan Sloyan.

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