Munster Junior League, Division 1: Cobh Pirates 28 – 14 Newcastle West

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Updated: November 19, 2014

Courtesy of Tim Mulcahy, Fixtures Secretary
With a number of players unavailable due to previous commitment the management took the opportunity to give a run to a number of fringe players and in the process testing the strength in depth of the club squad.

It was a very tight game with Cobh only securing the win in the dying minutes of the game with a converted try. Sean McAuliffe making his first start with the first XV had an excellent game playing from full back and when moved in to scrum-half following an injury to Karl Hayes showed that he can give good cover across the backline. His two try’s followed great work from the pack who dominated the game but making errors at vital times was to cost them throughout the eighty minutes.

Sean scored when he joined the line after Dave Foley broke a number of tackles and playing like his original position of centre set Sean up for a stroll in to the corner, Foley was then nominated to take the convert which he converted to huge roars from the travelling support, Cobh got a penalty which the converted and scored a try to take the half time lead at 10-7.

Cobh got an unconverted try early in the second half and also kicked to penalties to take them to 21-7.The visitors were not finished though and continued to press forward carrying in tight and it was a pick and dart from McAuliffe who got in under the posts which Foley again converted to give us a tense closing ten minutes with only seven points between them. When you go chasing a game which they did to their enormous credit a break away can happen but it was a great display by all and they were unlucky to be defeated. Cobh got a converted to give them a flattering result.

This was a great display and credit must go to all who stepped up to the mark in this game.
Best for Newcastle on the day were Richard Langford, Dave Foley and Mikey Berkery with Man of the match going to Sean McAuliffe

Newcastle West: Sean McAuliffe, Ronan Kelleher, Brian O Doherty ,Mikey Berkery, John Sheehan , Karl Hayes, Pa Galvin, Shane Magner, Declan Moloney, Dave Foley ,Mike McMahon, Murley Sheehan, Sean Leahy , Michael Culhane ,Richard Langford, TJ Relihan, Padraig Fogarty, James Corbett. Donal Egan
Scorers: Sean McAuliffe 2 trys, Dave Foley 2 Conversions

This Saturday November 22nd, All Ireland Junior Cup Qtr. Final, Newcastle West V Dundalk RFC 2.30 pm in Cullinagh.

So roll on next Saturday when the Quarter final of the most prestigious Cup competition in Irish Junior rugby takes place again at home. As I have said before in this column sport is about raising the bar and challenging yourself and this is what the club continues to do at all levels.

We had the biggest crowd ever at a match in Cullinagh when we defeated OLBC in the last round of this competition, let’s make it bigger again and give our Dundalk competitiors a real Munster, Limerick and, most importantly, Newcastle West welcome.

It is the top team in Division 1 of Leinster Junior rugby versus the top team in Division 1 of Munster Junior rugby. See you there, where else would you be on Saturday?

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