Coleraine 0 - 51 Letterkenny
Coleraine 0 - 51 Letterkenny
1 Finn Boyce
2. Eoin Parkinson
3. Dan Geoghegan
4. Conor Smith
5. Jynaid Rayes
6. Mathew Duffy
7. Isaac McElwaine
8. Jack Speer - Captain
9. Ben Hopkins
10. Orrin Burgess
11. Tiernan McFadden
12. Brian Mcgettigan
13. Leon Duffy
14. Ewan Douglas
15. Kaymin Shortt
Subs: Conor Mangan, Finn Nicolas, Cuan Brophy, Eoin Harris, David Henry & Jayden Friel
Letterkenny travelled to Coleraine this morning on and cold but dry day determined to keep their unbeaten run intact.
Letterkenny receive the ball from the off and manage to drive forward with some great tight passing and interchange play from the forwards who continue to maul their way into the Coleraine 22, where the ball is quickly whipped out to the waiting hands of the out half Orrin who decides to chip the ball over the top and chases it down where the ball kindly pops back into his hands and he charges for the line beating several Coleraine defends to score his first of the day under the posts and converts his own try to make the score 0 – 7 with 2 mins on the clock.
Coleraine look a little shaken with the early score and with a nervous restart don’t make the 10 meter line but the ball hops into touch and Letterkenny are awarded a line out to the amusement of coaches and fans alike who were unaware of this apparent new rule. Letterkenny continue to pour on the pressure and win another penalty and end up with a line out 5 meters from the line. Letterkenny hold possession in the middle of the park with some dominant forwards work and the ball comes out to Orrin who breaks left and this time feeds Jack Speer on the wing who crosses the line in the corner having broken several tackles. Score after 9 mins 0 – 12.
Again from another poor kick Letterkenny are awarded another lineout to the new rule and again find themselves ducking and diving and running the ball from side to side through the phases gaining momentum and again showing their dominance on the day, although it has to be said some of the Coleraine tackles were fearsome and several numbers I feel warrant a shout were their number 12 & 21 who time after time were taking out their man. The Letterkenny onslaught was unforgiving with some superb carries by the front row Dan and Finn alike, and also some picking from the back of the maul by Jack, Jynaid and Conor. Everyone in the first half after only 10 mins had managed to get their hands on the ball and make ground showing that each and every player was eager to make their mark on the match, at the end of several phases of lovely interchange rugby Brian McGettigan finds himself in possession 5 meters out and with some fancy foot work crosses the line to the right of the posts. 11 mins gone 0 – 19 the score.
Letterkenny continue their dominance and are awarded a penalty on the 22 with 9 mins to play in the first half, Orrin decides to go for the posts and slots his kick between the uprights 0 -22.
Again another poor kick straight into touch and line out to Letterkenny, on the day the lineouts were all going Letterkennys way with some fine throw ins by Eoin and takes by Isaac to give their backs some quick ball which they use to their advantage and gain ground on every occasion, this time they again work through the phases and through some great hands in the backline from Leon, Brian and Ewan the ball is fed out to Orrin on the wing this time who again crashes through several tackles and crosses the line in the corner. 3 mins left the score is now 0 – 27.
Letterkenny make 4 subs at half time with the following players all making way, Leon, Ewan, Ben & Jynaid and the fresh legs belonging to, Finn, Cuan, Conor & David.
Orrin begins the second half with a fine kick that goes high in the air and just over the 10 where Jack Speer makes his presence felt and snatches the ball out of the air. Letterkenny are awarded an early penalty on the 10 meter line and again Orrin goes for the posts and despite slipping on his run up manages to slot the kick. 1 min in 0 – 30.
This time Coleraine go on the attack but this is soon quashed with some big tackles from Eoin Parkinson, Mathew Duffy and Conor Smith but Coleraine are awarded a penalty this time for an infringement and opt to go for the posts, the ball drifts right and wide and Coleraine are denied their first points of the game.
Letterkenny continue to dominate the scrums, line outs and mauls and are relentless in their efforts on the day with every man giving his all, their play reminding me of the determination showed by their heros Ireland who muscled the All Blacks of the field just a week ago.
Letterkenny still deep in their 22 decide to try and run the ball out and Kaymin finds himself in possession where he side steps several players and then puts boot to ball to clear the lines, he chases his own kick and again gets the ball and feeds his outhalf Orrin who makes another 5 meters and brings them into striking range again. This time the ball is fed out the line and into the hands of David Henry who is brought down by a high tackle meters short of the line and a penalty the result. Letterkenny go for a forward move but are held up over the line. From the scrum Letterkenny are awarded another penalty as the scrum half drifts off side, this time Orrin takes the quick tap and barges over the line and coverts his try. 10 mins gone 0 -37
Again Dan Geoghegan shows his strength and continue to add to his tally of carries for the day, he sets the platform for a back movement and Brian makes 10 meters with some lovely footwork, Letterkenny just short of the line again loose the ball and Coleraine are force to clear their lines but the kick is taken cleanly in the air by Tiernan at full stretch who goes on a solo run but is tackled into touch just meters short.
Mathew Duffy makes way for Orrin Harris with 10 mins to play.
Coleraine again attempt to clear their lines but the ball is plucked from the air by a charging Kaymin Shortt who breaks 2 or 3 tackles then chips over the head of the last defenders only to be tripped when he looked set to score, penalty awarded which is taken quickly by a very alert pack of forwards who seize the opportunity and charge over the line, Conor Smith emerges with the ball in his hands after touching down over the line, conversion from Orrin is good. 6 mins left 0 – 44.
Coleraine go down to 14 men so Letterkenny do the fair thing and bring of Teirnan McFadden.
Letterkenny are awarded a late penalty and Orrin taps quickly and catches Coleraine by surprise and again scores under the posts, conversion is good. 0 – 51
Final whistle and Letterkenny the deserved winners, thanks to their hosts who fought hard throughout but could not match the guts and determination shown by an ever increasingly dominant Letterkenny team.
Thanks to the coaches for their hard work and dedication and to the parents for supporting week after week.