6th straight win keeps promotion hopes alive.
- Published on 27 March 2011
AIL Div 1B
Clontarf 15 - UL Bohs 20.
A dramatic afternoon at Castle Avenue saw the seniors overcome two yellow cards and a 7-15 half time deficit to record our sixth straight win and set up a huge last game climax against Galwegians next weekend. We now have a chance to overtake either Lansdowne or Buccaneers, who meet each other next Saturday, to claim third position in the final standings. The third placed side qualifies to meet the last team in 1A for a place in the top tier next season.
An indiscretion at a ruck under our posts gave Clontarf a 3-0 lead after just a minute but we dominated the next 15 minutes and deservedly led in the 14th minute.Cian Aherne,who was to feature prominently in all three tries, was nearly over after a super run to the right hand corner. Quick ruck ball gave JJ Hanrahan the chance to place an inch perfect cross kick into Darren Moroney`s hands to cross unmolested and finish by the posts.Hanrahan`s convert gave us a 7-3 lead.We then gifted `Tarf a try on the restart with a series of defensive hiccups enabling their out=half to run in unopposed. Worse was to follow when Dave Moloney was sin binned on 21 minutes. We were then turned over on half way and this was compounded when most uncharacteristic tackling lapses saw the home side score again in the 28th minute. The half time whistle saw us down 7-15 and it was really hard to see how we would get anything out of the day.
Three minutes into the second half and Chris de Looze incurred the wrath of Mr McDowell and received our second yellow card.Ed Torrie,outstanding throughout, went in at scrum half and then started and finished a great move in the 52nd minute. He broke through the middle of a ruck on half way, got great support from Aherne before taking a return pass to cross out wide.12-15 with a half hour to play. Crucially Clontarf were trying to play us our game but when Brian O`Hara and Sean Rennison came on on the hour they made telling contributions as we raised the pace of the contest.Hanrahan drew us level in the 71st minute and Clontarf were just hanging on for the final whistle. We attacked incessantly and duly got the winner when Moloney finished superbly, again after powerful running from Aherne and Marty McPhail.
A great win which now gives us a promotion chance which many would have seen beyond us a few weeks back. No doubt about it but there is no better team in the league when it comes to fast, open Rugby. Great credit is due to Ian Costello and crew in the way they have brought us back from the brink to have a shot at promotion next Saturday. Early notice is now given that the “Booze Bus”is taking bookings for Galway.
Team; Dave Kilcoyne ,Sean Henry (Eddie Rossiter 70m), Pat O`Regan (Kevin Flanagan 70m), Ed Kelly, Dave Foley ( Sean Rennison 60m), Ciaran O`Gorman (Brian O`Hara 60m),Tommy O`Donnell, Kieran Essex, Chris De Looze, JJ Hanrahan, Cian Aherne, Dave Moloney, Martin McPhail(c), Darren Moroney, Ed Torrie.
3rds bow out in Webb Semi final.
- Published on 22 March 2011
Webb Cup semi Final.
Ul Bohs 9 - Garryowen 14.
The curtain came down on a greatly improved season for our 3rds last Monday night when we came out second best to a strong Garryowen side in the Webb Cup semi final. The game was played under the Annacotty lights and the John Reidy led team gave a sterling performance before the final whistle saw us beaten by 9-14.Garryowen led after 5 minutes with a converted try but our pack really took the game to the visitors thereafter. Strong running from backs and forwards turned possession into pressure and Philip Hackett kicked three fine 40 metre penalties to give us a 9-7 lead. We held the advantage until ten minutes from time when Garryowen capitalised on our loss of possession on our own ten metre line to score a fine winning try. Despite the loss the team can take great heart from the season’s efforts. Coach Graham Burns, ably assisted by Brendan Gill and Mick Coffey have instilled a great spirit of camaraderie and enjoyment in the group and we look forward to more of the same in the seasons to come.
Seconds V Bruff Off
- Published on 20 March 2011
Todays Seconds League fixture with Bruff scheduled for Annacotty has been cancelled.
Ul Bohs have 5 on Irish team v England
- Published on 17 March 2011