Lessons Learned are sinking in with a dominant display against Limavady
By Peter Orsi
Letterkenny U14s beat Limavady 41 – 7
Letterkenny 14s travelled to Limavady this morning to play in almost perfect Rugby
conditions. After suffering a heavy defeat to Ballymena two weeks ago and having drawn at home
to Ballymoney last week, Letterkenny players and coaches were determined to get their season back
on track. Limavady however had other ideas!
Right from the start Limavady took the game to the Letterkenny men and put them under pressure
early on. Limavady won a scrum deep in the Letterkenny half and following a frantic defence by
Letterkenny, Limavady won a penalty 5 meters from the Letterkenny try line. Limavady threw
everything they had at Letterkenny, who despite a stout defence conceded the first try. Limavady
swiftly converted to leave the score 7 - 0 to the home team.
Conceding the try was the wakeup call that Letterkenny needed and from the restart Letterkenny
looked a lot sharper. Limavady won a scrum 10 meters from their own try line, however despite
their dominance in the scrum the ball broke to Jack Bond who created all sorts of chaos for the
Limavady defence before passing the ball to David Ilie who ran in Letterkenny’s first try. The
conversion was missed leaving the score 5 – 7 to Limavady, but the engine had started!
At the restart Limavady made good in-roads towards the Letterkenny try line, winning a penalty and
then a scrum to put Letterkenny into defensive mode again with hard battles being fought during
the breakdown. Ryan Orsi
and Archie Stewart
started to make their presence felt and eventually the
ball was won by Ultan Mcguinness
who tore through the Limavady side, running almost the entire
length of the pitch to score Letterkenny’s second try, this time right under the goal posts. Gary
McGettigan showed a cool head to convert the try and leave the score 12 – 7 in favour of the
Letterkenny now began to exert dominance over the game. David Illie’s blistering speed and power
burst through four Limavady tackles allowing him to score his second try of the game. Again Gary
McGettigan converted and the score now stood at 19 – 7.
Limavady fought bravely but couldn’t break through the Letterkenny men, with all of the
Letterkenny team working together to stop the home team in their tracks. Letterkenny’s Kevin
Murray, who has only recently joined the team, showed great skill in the fly-half position with the
Letterkenny now beginning to work as a unit. Following strong defensive play by Letterkenny, Cian
Arenhold was able to break through to score for the visitors just before half time to leave the score
24 – 7 at the break.
If Limavady thought that Letterkenny would take a while to warm up in the second half they were
sorely mistaken. A few minutes into the second half Letterkenny won a scrum just inside the
Limavady halfway line. Despite Limavady's dominance in the scrum the ball was won by David Ilie, who
played a great pass to young winger John Quinn
who brilliantly ran in his first try at U14 level. With a
difficult conversion missed the score now stood at 29 – 7 to the Letterkenny men.
In the second half Bobby Sweeney
, Charlie Robinson
and William Harris
now began to find their
stride which allowed Letterkenny to take control of the match against a Limavady side who were not
going to give up. David Ilie ran in his third try to bring Letterkenny’s tally to 34. Gary McGettigan
easily converted to bring the score to 36 – 7.
Letterkenny continued to pile on the pressure with Ultan Mcguinness
, who had a great game,
unlucky not to score another try. Limavady had no answer for David Ilie, who again using his power
and speed got another try for Letterkenny to bring the score to 41 – 7 with only seconds to go. Not
content with scoring 20 points David tried his luck to go for the conversion but unfortunately it was
not to be.
Overall the Letterkenny pack hunted the ball in all areas of the pitch today, and controlled the rucks well.
Limavady showed great spirit against a determined Letterkenny side with the David and Ultan having
exceptional games. Final Score: Letterkenny 41 Limavady 7.
Special mention to Oisin McMenamin who played is first game for Letterkenny in the front row today and never backed-off for one second.
Next game is our last game at home in the league this season against Coleraine