Match Report: Portlaoise U14s 5 vs 12 Clondalkin U14s

A man-of-the-match performance from debutante prop Daniel Yerokhin spurred Clondalkin to a hard-fought win under Friday night lights in the midlands. A mixture of quick hands in the back line and some ferocious defensive work late in the game was enough to see them over the line although an injury to all-action outhalf Cathal Downey did give cause for concern just on the stroke of half time. Thankfully Nigel, our Welsh referee, handled the situation superbly and reports on Downey’s injury after the game were positive.

Clon came flying out of the blocks and a storming run from deep by captain Luke Swayne, with barely two minutes on the clock, was just the start the away team were looking for. No. 8 Swayne dotted down under the posts and Jack Brennan converted to give the lads in yellow a valuable 7-0 lead and it stayed that way until half time. The Clon forwards exerted great pressure on the opposition throughout the half with Ewan Lester and Dean Farrell leading the charge and hooker Ben Fallon having a superb game both at set piece and in the loose.
In the second half, the game opened up and Portlaoise, a fine rugby side, began to find gaps in the Clon defence but were just unable to get points on the scoreboard. 
 
Instead it was Clondalkin who extended their lead at the other end with Yerokhin involved all over the park and pacy winger Liam Redmond proving a real handful. Big Jake O’Reilly was unlucky to be pinged for a double movement over the try line but from the resulting scrum for the home team, Clon no. 9 Conor Branigan put huge pressure on his opposite number and his forwards came piling in to rip the ball and over they went to secure a priceless second try.
The home team came storming back with a try of their own but, for the remainder of the game, the Clondalkin defence held firm and came back to Dublin with the points secured.
 
Posted in Mini’s / Youth’s Rugby

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