On Saturday last we made the long trip to play City of Derry in the first rd of the Ail. Conditions were ok with Bruff playing in to a nice breeze in the first half. Derry took an early lead from a penalty after 5 mins, we then started to get some territory and were rewarded with a well worked try of a lineout maul when a clever switch from Florent found Liam Treacy to go over in the corner with 20 gone. We increased our lead with a try after a great line from Sean Hartigan saw him go over for a 5 pointer. Flo added the extras and we were 12-3 to the good. Derry reduced the lead with a pen and went in at halftime 12-11 after touching down just before the break. The 2nd half Wasn’t long on when Derry went ahead with a break from there own 22 to go 18-12 ahead. Both teams missed penalties and with the game entering the final 10 Bruff started to camp in the Derry 22 we looked to have gone over with 5 to go but got penalized for holding. But credit must be given to lads for perseverance and patience when after winning a penalty went to the corner and from the lineout managed to retain possession as our senior statesman Neilus Keogh got over for a 5 pointer to make it 18-17 to Derry, up stepped Cool head Kevin and slotted the conversion to win the game 19-18, while it was a cruel way for Derry to loose we have suffered more than our share loosing games this way. Huge credit to all involved great effort and while we will need to be better going forward we would have taken 4 pts Saturday morning. A big thanks to all out supporters who made the long trip The players alway appreciate familiar faces so far away.
Team Jack Fitzgerald Johnny Cleary (capt) Brendan Keogh Neilus Keogh Tadgh O Dwyer Liam o Dwyer Patrick Maher Tommy Dwyer Florent Riguet James te pairi Graham Whelan Jack o Grady Sean Darcy Liam Treacy Cian Clifford Eamon Cooke Brian Bulfin Robert Browne Sean Hartigan Kevin McManus