Today, Kinsale RFC u18.5s travelled to Limerick to face Shannon-St Mary in a top of the table clash in the Munster Plate. Kinsale needed a win to give them a chance of a home quarter final while the home side just needed a draw.
Shannon kicked off the game but it was the visitors who started off the better team and pushed the home side back. However, after 10 minutes the home side began the find their passes and used the wind by kicking the ball deep into Kinsale territory. A penalty was awarded to the home team after 11 minutes but it was missed. 4 minutes later and the home side put points on the board with a converted try. From the restart, pressure was put on the catcher and a penalty was awarded to Kinsale. Evan Wrenne failed to reduce the score, kicking against the wind. There was very little between the teams at this stage but the home side continued to play the kicking game with the wind at their backs. Just after the half hour mark and the home side extended their lead with another converted try. 14-0 was the half time score.
Kinsale kicked off the 2nd half with the aim of getting the first score but it was the home team that extended the lead from a penalty. Both teams continue challenge for every ball and it was Kinsale who scored next after a great interception from Jordan Wright opened up the game. Wright then made a timely offload to James McCarthy who touched down under the posts. Wrenne converted to make it 17-7. Shannon got the perfect response and regained their 17 point lead with a converted try 4 minutes later. Kinsale heads didn’t drop and the drove on again. 7 minutes later and after multiple phases of play, Wright scrambled over the line and touched down. Wrenne once again converted to make it 24-14. There was still 14 minutes left. Both teams kept fighting and the final points of the game went to the home side with a penalty kick. 27-14.
Post match Dennis “Puppet” Collins stated “Great effort by the lads. A few inaccuracies in the defense and attack today but the squad was rotated today and this will strengthen the squad going forward in the competition.”
Well done to all involved and to the people to traveled to Limerick today to support the team.
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