Wind, rain and a almost nightime lighting conditions made for one of the hardest games seen in Kilballyowen in a few years. Not a day for kickers even though the breeze appeared to come directly from the road end of the main pitch. 15 minutes in the DLSP Scrum half Jinka hit the post with his first effort and caused a scurry around the twenty-two before Bruff managed to clear the lines. Play
Finally against the run of play, the DLSP No. 8 Power touched down for the DLSP first try of the day with Jinka adding the extras to give them a 7 point lead. Cahill’s first penalty effort fell short on thirty-five minutes, And then in injury time Jinka added another to go into the break ont he right side of a 10-nil lead.
The second half began with Bruff doing most of the attacking but unable to convert massive tracts of possession into points. Four minutes in Cahill put over his first kick of the day to eat into the ten point lead but even with wave after wave of attack Bruff took another sixteen minutes before they crossed the whitewash courtesy of winger Cashman, Cahill missing the conversion to claw back the lead to two points.The game continued with Bruff maintaining their onslaught on the DLSP twenty-two but it took right until the 75th minute before Bruff took the lead, J. Shine breaking the defence finally and Brian Cahills conversion putting a little daylight between them, bringing the score to 15 points to ten. DLSP finally got their attack formations together in the final five minutes and were rewarded with less than a minute to go with a try courtesy of Winger Power, Jinka missing the conversion which would have given them the steal. Bruff managed to hold on for the three inutes of injutry time to close out the game level on fifteen points apiece.
Bruff scores: B. Cahill, 1 P, 1 C, Tries: A. Cashman, J. Shine.
I’ll get some photos up on the site later on.