U16 Rugby Crosshaven vs Fermoy
Venue: Fermoy RFC
The game kicked off at 1:30, in terrible conditions. The rain was pouring down and the wind was blowing a gale, with conditions underfoot very slippery and a few puddles appearing on the field before kick-off. You could tell from the start that it would be a forwards game
Even though the skies were dull Crosshaven started brightly and were camped inside the Fermoy half for the opening 10 minutes. The lads were inching their way towards the Fermoy line when a handling error let the opposition off the hook.
Five minutes passed before Crosshaven were back in the Fermoy 22, this time determined to make amends for their previous error. After five minutes of all forward play, Martin Condon bulldozed his way over the line for the games first try. It was a great team effort that included smart play and perseverance. Kieran Lyons added the conversion to put the lads 7-0 up after 20 minutes.
The lads were on the front foot straight from the restart, the forwards again forcing the yards. The backs were doing extremely well when called upon, with horrible ball handling conditions, they made few, if any mistakes and spread the play beautifully.
When Shane Bushe got the ball on the Fermoy 22, you could see the determination in his eyes and a little jink got him to within a yard of the line. Quick ruck play from Jason Fehily, Jake Lane and Darragh Kiely created the space for Condon to score his second try. Again Kieran Lyons added the extra 2 points with the boot leaving Crosshaven 14-0 up at the break. There were big first half performances by Martin Condon, Shane Bushe and Jake Lane.
Crosshaven weren’t satisfied with the score and came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half. Within 5 minutes thye were over again, this time Steven Dolan with the try for Crosser. 19-0 the lads lead.
From then on Fermoy started to grow into it, forcing Crosshaven to make the tackles. After 10 minutes of disciplined, smart defending Crosshaven were beaten on the wing and Fermoy were in for a try. 19-5.
With just minutes remaining Kieran Lyons got the ball on the Fermoy 22 and with a beautiful cross field kick delivered the ball straight into the arms of Fergal Conway who gracefully rounded the Fermoy winger and touched down in the corner.
The game finished 24-5, a deserving win for Crosshaven in awful conditions. It was a great team performance, but a special mention has to be made to the younger lads like Fergal Conway, Stephen Dolan and Conor Peche who played their hearts out. A well-deserved ‘Care Free’ in the dressing room rounded off a good days work for the lads.