Skerries RFC U13s 31-48 CRFC U13s
Clondalkin U13s completed a fine weekend of rugby with an eight-try-to-five win away to Skerries. Having grabbed a hat-trick in a tough but competitive home defeat to Naas at home on Friday night, team captain Oran Murphy added a brace to bring the back-rower’s weekend haul to five. But it was a real team display that won the day for the lads in yellow on a fine but windy Sunday morning by the sea. In total, 29 players made the trip out and everyone played their part against a Skerries team that was very dangerous with ball in hand.
It was the home side who started well and Clon found themselves fourteen nil down after five minutes. But the heads didn’t drop and they stuck to their game plan of straight running by the forwards, strong rucking, quick hands and getting the ball wide as often as possible. And the tries came, with Daniel O’Kelly and Elliot Walsh finishing off two excellent team moves before Shane Cleary found a gap and ran in a third from deep which was converted by O’Kelly. Some strong defending on the line by Clondalkin kept Skerries out for the remainder of the first period to leave the half time score 17-14 in Clon’s favour.
There were lots of changes at half time but it was more of the same from the away team as first, Gearóid Scanlon, and then Dylan O’Sullivan touched down after some lovely passing in the backline for both tries. Straight from the restart, Murphy ran in under the posts which O’Sullivan converted, before Gareth Brady went on a surging run from close to half way, with O’Sullivan again adding the extras.
Skerries came storming back and nabbed three tries in ten minutes but Murphy had the final say with a solo run off the back of a scrum to make the final score 48-31. The game was played in the right spirit by both squads and lots of treats were laid on by the hosts after the game.
The full squad, who – to a man – contributed to a great win, are shown in the team photo.