UBL Round 11
Hamilton Park in Sligo was the venue for the first xv for this round 11 game in the UBL. The teams had already crossed swords in November with Bruff coming out on top in a 19-0 home win in Kilballyowen Park. Sligo who currently lie second from bottom have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and were unlucky not to beat second place Tullamore in their previous game. Bruff on the other hand hadn’t played in nearly a month, a 15-9 home win over league leaders Old Crescent.
The game didn’t start well for Bruff and Sligo were ahead 5-0 after only five minutes of play. Bruff lost possession in their own 22 and Sligo took full advantage touching down in the corner for the opening score. The 10 minutes before half time were to be the most fruitful for Bruff, but it was to be the only period of the game where Bruff were able to turn dominance into points.
Bruff’s opening score came on 30 minutes when second row Mike Cooke barged over from short range for a try which was converted by Tony Cahill. Sligo replied quickly and regained the lead a few minutes later with a penalty to make it 8-7 to the home side. Bruff attacked from the restart and got in for a second try when Tony Cahill broke in the corner to score a try which he managed to convert from the touchline.
Bruff now lead 14-8 but it was Sligo who would have the final say in the opening half scoring an unconverted try before the break to make it 14-13.
The second half turned into a scrappy affair riddled with mistakes, knock-ons and unforced errors. The only score of the half was a penalty for Sligo on 66 minutes which turned out to be the winning kick to the delight of the home team.
This weekend third placed Wanderers who beat Tullamore at the weekend are the visitors to Kilballyowen. Bruff now occupy fourth place and will need a massive effort to stay in touch with the top teams in the league. When the sides met in November it was Bruff who left the capital with the win thanks to a last minute penalty kicked from the boot of Tony Cahill in a 21-19 victory.
Bruff Team : 1.Dave Horan 2.Johnny Hogan 3.Brendan Keogh 4.Barry Laffan 5.Mike Cooke 6.Cillian Rea 7.Mikey Carroll 8.Paddy Clery 9.Davy O Grady 10.Tony Cahill 11.Tom O Callaghan 12. Darra Mulcatie 13.Brian Cahill 14.Mark Cosgrove 15.Graham Whelan 16. Timmy Quirke 17. Andrew White 18. Neilus Keogh 19 Barry Enright 20 Sean Darcy
U20’s leave it late to defeat Highfield.
The u20’s were made to work hard for a 16-11 home win against a dogged Highfield team when the sides met in Bruff on Saturday. Oisin Walsh and Kevin McManus where to prove the difference between the sides with Walsh scoring a try and McManus kicking 11 points from the tee. The try came mid-way through the second half when Bruff turned down a shot at goal and kicked to the corner instead of taking the 3 points. Bruff won the lineout and moved the ball wide after sucking in the Highfield defence before Walsh popped up in the centre for the score.
Bruff now lie in second place in the league with three wins after four rounds just behind Cork Con on score difference.
Saturdays Team, 1. Shane Breen 2 Brian Bulfin 3 Eamon O Dea 4 Cian Mulqueen 5 Kevin Tracey 6 Robert Laffan 7 Billy O Donoghue 8 Sean Hartigan 9 Pa Maher 10 Jack O Grady 11 Liam Tracey 12 Adam Sheehy 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 14 Anthony Foley 15 Kevin McManus 16 Darren O Farrell 17 Darragh Moore 18 Aaron Daly 19 Niall Byrnes 20 Daragh Fanning 21 Oisin Walsh
The J1 team were in action on Sunday in round 1 of the Munster Junior cup suffering a heavy 27-0 defeat to cup favourites Richmond. Richmond ran in 4 try’s and now go on to meet St Senans in the next round.
The u18’s were also in action on Sunday beating Sundays Well 26-0 at home in Bruff, while the u16’s we beaten 14-7 away to Nenagh Ormond.