Monday 9 December 2019

Plenty of positives for CYM in opening defeat

CYM players in action against Clontarf
CYM players in action against Clontarf Newsdesk Newsdesk

CYM kicked off their league campaign with a disappointing 13-18 defeat to Clontarf, playing in howling wind and sheets of rain.

The opening seven minutes were dominated by Clontarf pressure and resulted in an early score, the wind ensuring that no extra points were added.

For much of the first half, the game was played between the 22s with neither side able to capitalise on the other's handling errors. However, the final ten minutes of play saw CYM camped out deep in Clontarf territory, with two penalties from the boot of Damian King leaving them ahead 6-5 at the break.

The opening period of the second half saw Seamus Humphreys touch down in the corner, for his first try for CYM, and King added the extras.

CYM were unable to capitalise on this, however, and Clontarf came back strong again crossing the whitewash; with the conversion this was once again a one point game.

Two penalties saw Clontarf begin to pull away as the weather again took a turn for the worse.

The final passages of play saw CYM threaten the Clontarf line on several occasions but it wasn't to be.

Two debut appearances in the second half, some progressive play and a losing bonus point were positives to be taken away from this hard fought defeat, which really could have gone either way.

A short turnaround awaits the CYM team as they make the short trip to local rivals Terenure for their second league game, and first leg of the Clifford Doyle Cup under Friday night lights.

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