Saturday 21 September 2019

Mullingar dig deep to halt Naas's revival

Mullingar 21 Naas 18 Boys U16 Leinster League

Mullingar and Naas players complete for a lineout
Mullingar and Naas players complete for a lineout

Mullingar played our old rivals Naas at home in the Leinster League on Saturday and as usual there was nothing between these teams.

The game started in blistering fashion with Mullingar on the offensive straight from the kick-off. And after they won a lineout on the Naas 22, it went out to Conan O'Hara who spotted Stephen Derham cutting inside from the wing and Stephen took the ball at pace and broke through the Naas line to score a fantastic try under the posts which was converted for the seven points.

A good scrum by Mullingar in midfield started another attack involving Paul Smith, Harry O'Reilly, Kyle Smith and Dillon Murphy with Dillon making a great break down the touch line which ended up in touch on the Naas line.

In the forwards Brian Reidy, Luke Carton and James Mahedy were impressive as another good backline move ended up with Kyle Smith diving over for a try in the corner. A very difficult kick for the extra points followed but Conan popped it over effortlessly from the touch line.

Just on half time Conan topped off a great first half with a try under the posts but Naas came back strongly before half time with a penalty and try of their own to leave it 21-8 at the break to Mullingar.

Naas continued to improve in the second half and their backs looked dangerous on every play and on 35 minutes a great move resulted in a try but crucially they failed to convert.

Naas scored another try following a scrum but from a very difficult angle the conversion went wide. Mullingar legs were tiring, but the lads dug in and managed to hold on for the win.

Mullingar - B Reidy, M Doyle, S Dunne, L Carton, S Wynne, J Nagle, P Kupferschmidt, J Mahedy, A Duggan, C O'Hara, D Murphy, J McKevitt, H Reilly, S Derham, A Burke, O Hogan, I Baereciartua, P Smith, K Smith, S Timmons, N Smith, R Brennan.

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