Match Reports for Rnds 1 & 2 of the UBL
Sorry for the delay with these, I was having some technical difficulties. Round 3 report to follow later this week ..
Disappointing start to UBL
Omagh were the visitors to Bruff last weekend for the opening game of the Ulster Bank League. It was Omaghs first outing in the senior ranks for 17 years after securing promotion from the Junior leagues last season.
The early signs were good for Bruff leading 10-3 after seventeen minutes. Paidi Kilcoyne was on hand to score the opening try of the game after just five minutes with Eric Finn picking up a second five pointer after seventeen minutes. Omagh scored a penalty after eleven minutes and again on the thirty minute mark from the boot of Scott Elliot. However it was Omagh that went in leading at half time scoring a try just before the whistle scored by Adam Pollock.
The second half only yielded two scores, a penalty each for each side. Davie O Grady put Bruff into the lead 13-11 on the 65 minute mark but it was Omaghs Scott Elliot who was to deliver the winning kick for Omagh in the 67th minute for a 13-14 win.
Bruff Team: 15 Graham Whelan 14 Eric Finn 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 12 Tony Cahill 11 Padraig Kilcoyne 10 David O Grady 9 Cian Ryan 8 Danny Keogh 7 John Clery 6 Sean Hartigan 5 Mike Cooke 4 Brian Morrissey 3 Keith Laffan 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Paddy Clery 17 Brendan Keogh 18 Cillian Rea 19 Maghnus Collins 20 Jack O Grady
Team : Lee Murphy, Neil Brown, Scott Barr, Luke Hanson, Ryan Mitchell, Scott Elliott, Stewart McCain ©, Matthew Sproule, Adam Pollock, Richard Smyth, Jamie Sproule, Mervyn Edgar, Matthew Clyde, Adam Longwell, James Catterson
Subs : Peter Todd, Philip Ewing, Richard Harpur, Deane Kane, Lee Warnock
UBL Round 2
The seniors made the trip to Dublin on Saturday to take on Bective Rangers in Round 2 of the Ulster Bank League. The game was played at the later time of 6.30pm in the evening on the all-weather pitch in Donnybrook to accommodate an event which was taking place earlier in the day. This meant the journey started and finished a lot later than usual for a trip to Dublin. Luckily the bus trip home was a happy journey thanks to a 33-21 bonus point win.
It was a terrible start for Bruff who were down 8-0 after ten minutes conceding a penalty and a try early on. Discipline was a big issue for Bruff on the day who conceded numerous kickable penalties and picked up two yellow cards.
Bruff reduced the deficit after fifteen minutes scoring a converted try under the Bective post thanks a Johnny Clery touch down. Bruff added a second try from Davy Horan after half an hour and went in leading 11-12 at the break with Bective kicking a penalty shortly before half time.
The second half started brightly for Bruff with Conor Fitzpatrick going in for Bruff’s third try which Davie O Grady Converted for his second two pointer of the game. Bective added another penalty after forty six minutes to make it 11-19 to Bruff. Tony Cahil went in for the Bonus point try which O Grady Converted on fifty five minutes which made Bruff look comfortable with a 26-14 lead on the score board.
But Bective weren’t finished yet and went in for another converted try with ten minutes remaining and two Bruff players in the bin. But it was Bruff who sealed the win with just five minutes remaining on the clock thanks to a try from Back rower Maghnus Collins. The game finished 21.33 to Bruff who picked up their first win of the season after an opening day defeat to Omagh.
There was UBL debuts for Ordhan Ring and Cian Clifford who gave good accounts of themselves on the quick surface in Donnybrook.
Bruff Team: 15 Graham Whelan 14 Eric Finn 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 12 Jack O Grady 11 Mark Cosgrove 10 David O Grady 9 Tony Cahill 8 Ordhan Ring 7 John Clery 6 Cillian Rea 5 Sean Hartigan 4 Brian Morrissey 3 Keith Laffan 2 John Hogan 1 David Horan 16 Mike Cooke 17 Brendan Keogh 18 Cian Clifford 19 Maghnus Collins 20 Cian Ryan