The U20’s made it two wins from two league games when they defeated Old Crescent at home in Bruff on Saturday. It was a performance built on solid defence and an ability to convert chances that paved the way for this bonus point win. Old Crescent had long spells of territory and pressure but failed to turn dominance into points when presented mainly down to Bruff’s dogged defending and willingness to put bodies on the line when needed.
In a very entertaining game it took 25 minutes for the opening score to come. Bruff outside centre Conor Fitzpatrick was on hand to touch down after a great Bruff attack which started on the Bruff 10 metre line with Kevin McManus adding the extras to make it 7-0 to Bruff. Crescent kicked a penalty before Sean Hartigan touched down for Bruff’s second try off the back of a well worked maul from a five metre lineout to make it 12-3 at half time.
Bruff full back Brian Fanning was in fine form and was next to touch down not long after the break with Kevin McManus adding the conversion to make it 19-3. Another player in fine form was Jack O Grady who added trys back to back on 55 & 65 minutes. The first of his two trys was score of the day with Bruff attacking from inside their own 22. The ball went through the hands of five different players before O Grady touched down from the move which he had started. McManus converted both trys leaving no way back for Crescent. Sean Haritigan got in for his second try just before the final whistle to make it 38-3 to Bruff.
1 Darren O Farrell 2 Brian Bulfin 3 Shane Breen 4 Cian Mulqueen 5 Kevin Tracey 6 Eamon O Dea 7 Billy O Donoghue 8 Sean Hartigan 9 Niall Byrnes 10 Jack O grady 11 Anthony Foley 12 Darragh Fanning 13 Conor Fitzpatrick 14 Kevin McManus 15 Brian Fanning 16 Killian Sheahan 17 Adam Sheehy 18 Aaron Daly 19 Patrick Maher 20 Richard Bateman 20 Liam Barrett