Garryowen grab late win
Posted by Kinsale RFC on Monday 19 April 2010
Kinsale hosting the semi finalist Garryowen in the junior plate was a tie to saviour and so it became. Buoyant from an impressive win at home to a strong Thomand outfit Kinsale did indeed fancy their chances against their more established opposition. A perfect setting in Snugmore where the paddock looking every bit a senior pitch was ready for running rugby. Now for the gladiators to bring the cheers and groans from the expectant crowd. Kinsale started well hitting rucks with fierce passion and determination turning over ball time and time again, notably Captain Marvel Barry Wright whose determination and hitting power was evident throughout the game from minute one till the final whistle. Kinsale not using the excuse of missing key members of the team due to the unforeseen Iceland volcano stopping all flights were stretched in their personal options, veteran Denis Oâ€™Dowd coming in for the German stricken Frazier Hodgson and Jason Murphy coming in for full back Colm McCarthy who was stranded in Turkey. To their credit Kinsale attacked the Garryowen defence only to find an unusual gap created from pick and drive ball off the forwards. Shane Oâ€™Regan playing six was outstanding all day creating pockets for his fellow loose forwards to penetrate and Kinsale scoring a beauty under the sticks from No.8 Tagh Wright touching down. Kinsale continued to press with Peter Murphy looking for centre Edouard LeMaire to use his gas to outpace his opposite number. Kinsale scoring two further tries through wings Shane Oâ€™Halloran and Andrew Lynch. Unfortunately the Limerick side got the rub of the green in the closing stages and with the game poised at 23-20 to Kinsale, some decisions and to be fair questionable went against the home side. The final score 32-23 to Garryowen if they ever had a tie they were lucky to get away with, this was it. Kinsale played with pride passion and more importantly played for one another this result went against Sale but it was a proud day for me watching and the way Kinsale have embraced the ideology of free flowing attractive rugby warms the coldest of hearts. The season is ending but memories of this game will remain maybe for some the manner in which Kinsale had played against a senior club maybe for others in the way the game turned on key moments in the closing ten minutes. Personally I wish to believe in how we played and not the latter.