Clondalkin U15s 26 – 5 Malahide U15s
Clondalkin got back to winning ways with a superb team performance to see off a talented Malahide side in this friendly at a sunny but cold Gordon Park.
A key feature of the home team’s victory was some great offloading by the forwards in tight as John Rey Velez, Manny Muritala and Dan Yerokhin led the way with excellent go forward ball. Louis Lavin and Cillian Sallier led the tackle count with some savage hits in defence and halfbacks Conor Jordan and Cathal Downey controlled the pace of the game with some clever decision making. Wing Nathan DeBotte had one of his best games in yellow and Captain, Luke Swayne was a real menace in both attack and defence.
It was Cian Halpin who set up the first try with a burst for the line after some great rucking by locks, Sam Keegan and David Hughes. Halpin was stopped short but quick recycling by Jordan put Muritala in, though he still had work to do to get over for the first try of the game. An excellent conversion from wing, Jack Brennan, in a swirling wind, put Clon 7 nil up.
The away side came back into the game with a tremendous try down the wing but Clon’s defence held firm throughout the remainder of the first half with a new, big, centre combination of Ben Fallon and Liam Redmond forcing Malahide to live off scraps. 7-5 at the break.
Velez went on another powerful run up the middle early in the second half, with great support from his pack and it was the quick-thinking Jordan who burst through off the back of a ruck to squeeze over for Clon’s second try. Another precise kick from Brennan, who had clearly brought his kicking boots, stretched the home side’s lead to 9.
But Clon weren’t finished there. After some wonderful offloading in the tackle, and great rucking from Tarik Pitamor, Oisín Halpin and Jamie Brady, Muritala burst through the middle to run all the way unopposed to the line and under the posts. Brennan showed that he could slot the easy ones too to leave the scoreline 21-5 to Clondalkin.
Back came Malahide but some ferocious tackling from Seán Monks and some clever kicks from Luke Noone and Dylan O’Sullivan saw the boys in yellow maintain their stranglehold on the game. And there was still time for Swayne to make a lineout steal and dot down for the try his performance deserved.
A fine, controlled performance from Clondalkin who can now look forward to a busy few weeks of Cup and League matches ahead.
Today’s Squad: John Rey Velez, Louis Lavin, Cian Halpin, Dan Yerokhin, Oisín Halpin, Jamie Brady, David Hughes, Sam Keegan, Tarik Pitamor, Manny Muritala, Cillian Sallier, Luke Swayne; Conor Jordan, Cathal Downey, Jack Brennan, Ben Fallon, Liam Redmond, Nathan DeBotte, Seán Monks, Dylan O’Sullivan, Luke Noone.
Backroom team: Dean Farrell, Danny Farrell, Conor Branigan, Dylan Clarke.