On Saturday last we welcomed Bangor to Kilballyowen anxious to put the heartbreak of lasts weeks Omagh defeat behind us, we were dealt the triple whammy starting minus Liam Treacy Keith Laffen and Mike Cooke but probably the reason this season has been better is the fact that we are able to introduce players who step up when asked.
We started well and went ahead when after a number of phases Davy o Grady pick out Cian Clifford with a beauty of a cross field kick and we were 5-0 we continued to dominate possession and were rewarded with a pen which Kevin McManus made no mistake. We lost Daniel Jackson to the bin and Bangor started to get themselves back in the game. We conceded 3 from a penalty and now it was 8-3.
We increased our lead with a carbon copy try like our first, once again after lots of phases and with penalty advantage Davy once again pick out Kevin McManus in the corner to dot down, Davy himself landed a raker of a convert and we were 15-3 in front. Bangor however got themselves a lifeline after winning a couple of penalties in our 22, they quick tapped and went in for a try to make it 15-8 at h/t.
The 2nd half saw us continue with a good start and Davy put us 18-8 ahead with a penalty.
Bangor replied with a penalty of their own to keep themselves in the game at 18-11 with 20 mins left on the clock. We then lost Cillian Rea with an knee injury and after a lengthy break play resumed with a Bruff scrum and after Sean Hartigan carry was halted Neilus Keogh surged to line and scored a fine try Davy added the extras to make it 25-11. Bangor tried hard to rescue a bonus point but devfensely we were good and maybe we were disappointed we weren’t able to get a bp of our own. This group has been has been massively consistent throughout the season and but it is really the effort from the panel that is getting them over the line in games. Next up next Saturday we’re away to Seapoint in what is going to be an extremely difficult game. Injuries are part and parcel of our game and it’s never nice to see players with injury we wish Cillian a speedy recovery Cillian has been in superb form this season so we hope it won’t to be too long before his back.
Paddy Cleary Johnny Cleary Brian Bulfin Tadgh o Dwyer Tommy o Dwyer Taylor Jones Cillian Rea Sean Hartigan Daniel Jackson Davy o Grady Graham Whelan Cian Tierney Jack o Grady Cian Clifford Kieran McManus Robert Coates Brendan Keogh Neilus Keogh Shane Biggins Sean Darcy