Galway Corinthians Youth Academy Report

November 7, 2018

U13s v Ballinasloe. Lost 19 – 26 A slow start in our first home game of the season saw Ballinasloe dominate the first half, running in two unanswered tries. Corinthians regrouped well in the second half dominating for long stretches and crossing over for three well-worked tries. Ballinasloe added two more tries in the second half and while Corinthians finished strongly we were unlucky not to close the gap in the end. Try: P Joyce, J O’Connell and C Wall, Con: S Moylan (2). U14’s v Catholic University School Won 22-14 Corinthians /An Ghaeltacht Under 14's travelled to Bird Avenue Dublin 4 on Saturday 13th November. They met Catholic University School there in a friendly match. After leaving An Cheathrú Rua at 7.15 am the coach collected the rest of the players from Corinthians at 8.15 am with 21 Players travelling. The team arrived at Bird Avenue at 11am and the match kicked off 15 minutes later. The lads got a wake up call having conceded 2 tries and trailing 14-0 at half time. A more focused approach by them in the second half saw Flanker Gearoid Ó Cualáin scoring from the 2nd half kick off. Number 8 Joe Campbell scored a fine try, breaking from a ruck and running 50 meters to touch down. Colm de Buitléar converted. Another fine break from Gearóid Ó Cualain led to a penalty being awarded on the CUS 10 meter line. Colm de Buitléar converted, leaving the score at 15-14. Centre Padraic Mac Cormaic sealed the victory bursting through from 15 meters out, to touch down. Colm de Buitléar converted. The final score was 22-14. The Team enjoyed a fine lunch in Jury's D4 and went to the International match afterwards. U15’s v Buccaneers Won 34 – 7 Corinthians U15s made it four wins out of four in the league, with a hard fought victory over a typically big and physical Buccs side that started well. However Corinthians, superbly lead by their captain Daniel Trayers, rallied to score 5 tries before half time and scored a further try in the second half while Buccs replied with a converted try. All the back line played very well with great handling and support play. Ruairi Greene made some great breaks in the centre with half backs Philip Murphy and Niall Mulloy distributing very well. The back three consisting of Patrick Griffin(4 tries)Johannes O`Coistealbha(1 try)Paddy Flaherty(1 try) scored all the tries. Philip Murphy converted 2 tries. The forwards provided some great possession and were lead from the front by Paul Maher, Rory O` Connor and Phelim McGovern. Well done to everyone who played – a great display of rugby. U16’s v Ballinasloe Draw 5-5 Corinthians U16’s faced their toughest opposition this season away to Ballinasloe. Wet and heavy conditions dominated the game, and made continuity difficult for both sides. After several phases Corinthians were eventually allowed wide of Ballinasloe’s strong defence and Nathan King ran in for an excellent try. Ballinasloe answered with some great tactical kicking behind the Corinthian’s line, and drove across for the equalising try. Final score: a 5 all draw. U17’s v Buccaneers Lost 17-38 The U17’s played their first league game of the season losing 17-38 v Buccaneers. The U17’s lacked match practice and got off to a slow start against a very good Buccs side; however they showed a great attitude and much improved performance during the second half. Another positive was the scoring of three excellent tries, and some very good scrummaging in the second half. The tries were scored by Diarmuid Tierney, Cian Breathnach, Liam Brennan and a con by Kevin Finneran. U19’s v Buccaneers Lost 11-17 In a very evenly contested game, Corinthians U19’s lost narrowly to Buccaneers, who scored the winning try in the dying minutes. Corinthians could have helped seal their victory with a penalty kick a few minutes earlier, however for some inexplicable reason the players changed the kicker. Anthony O’loughlin had already kicked two penalties. Man of the match was Bryan Dixon who scored the Corinthians try. Bernie Kelly Director of Rugby – Corinthians Youth Academy