What can you say about this? If you missed it you missed a cracking tight encounter. A last minute penalty from the touchline by David Maw giving Bruff the four league points on offer, Old Crescent having to settle for the Losing Bonus. The Limerick Derbies in Division two this year promised to be very close encounters but so far Bruff have managed to scrape through in each case. There was as much excitement on the sideline as on the pitch by all accounts. It just goes to show how tense things are in division two this season. The first half saw Bruff going into the break 9 points to five down, the only try of the game coming from Bruff centre John Carroll three meters in from the touchline after a sustained period of Bruff pressure who played the first half towards the clubhouse and against the diagonal breeze.
Second half saw Brian Cahill putting one penalty over and Bruff spent long periods inside the Crescent 22 with only the occasional breakout lifting the siege and in the final play of the game, the dominant Bruff Pack pushed Old Crescent off their own scrum to win a penalty five meters in from the left between the 22 and the 10 meter line which Dave Maw slotted after coming on with twelve minutes to go to give Bruff the win. Anyway Bruff head back into second place in the league table albeit with some teams with games in hand to play. Looks well though for our first season in Div. 2. With UCC playing Bective this coming weekend we should see a shakeup in the top four or five teams in the division.
Final Score Bruff 11, Old Crescent 9.
Scores: Old Crescent: 3 Pens. Bruff: J. Carroll Try, B. Cahill Pen. D. Maw Pen.
Bruff: D. Horan, C. O’ Regan, S. Foster, A. Laffan, A. Bourke, J. Shine, M. Carroll, P. Malone, E. Maher, B. Cahill, P. O’ Brien, J. Carroll, J. Malone, J. Moore, B. Deady, Subs: M. O’ Donnell, G. Ryan, D. Murnane, G. Leonard, D. Maw.