Munster Junior 1 Division 2 Decider
Posted by Kinsale RFC on 09 March 2009
Final Score: Kinsale 3 Ballincollig 13 Ballincollig and Kinsale went head to head in the Munster Junior 1 Division 2 decider in Tanner Park yesterday. Two very evenly match teams took to the field, both pushing for a Division 1 promotion. While Kinsale needing to win with a bonus point all Ballincollig needed was two a win to secure their promotion to the top flight. Kinsale started the game very well with the wind at the backs. They dominated most aspects of the game early on but failed to convert on the pressure applied with Ballincollig winning a large amount of turn overâ€™s in open play and at the set piece. Kinsaleâ€™s pressure did yield 3 points midway through the first half with out half, Fraser Hodgson kicking a penalty from the left flank. That was the only score of the first half with both teams trading missed penalties before the half time whistle. The second half was much of the same story, but Ballincollig quickly upped the ante and after a period of sustained pressure broke the Kinsale defence and went over for their first try, which was not converted. They soon were awarded a penalty for indiscipline under the posts and made the score board 8 â€“ 3 with 20minutes left in the game. Ballincollig kept the pressure on Kinsale for the rest of the game and finally got their reward with another try in the left corner which brought the game to a close. Kinsale still have a chance of promotion based on the remaining league results but may have to fight it out in the Division 2 League next year, while Ballincollig are the first of the teams to secure promotion and go on to play in the top flight next season.