Corinthians RFC Newsletter January 24th
The firsts made the journey to Irish independent Park in Cork to take on Sunday’s well in the Ulster Bank League. A win over the same opposition before Christmas had put the team in good stead going into the second half of the season but Sunday’s Well came out on top winning 26-17.
The Team and Replacements were: Ross Keller, Dave McDermott, Dave Panter, Cathal Evans, Owen Daly, Simon Keller, Ger O’Connor. Colin Joyce, Dylan Donnellan, Craig Hansberry. Sean Connolly, Joe Campbell, Pat O’Toole, Lise Soloa, Sam McCormack.
Replacements: Alan Bane, Dave Hansberry, Colin Raftery, Craig Joyce, Jack Feeney.
The team are at home next Saturday to Banbridge in what is an important fixture given the league table at the moment. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
Connacht Junior Cup
Corinthians faced Sligo in the First Round of The Junior Cup last Sunday in Corinthian Park and while they led 24-10 after thirty six minutes, the referee had to abandon the game due to the heavy fog in the interests of safety. The game will played next Sunday in Corinthian Park at 2pm with the winners getting a home quarter final against Connemara.
Corinthians 33 Tuam 0
The Thirds played Tuam at Corinthian Park on Friday night and came away with a very impressive 33-0 win with tries from Declan Hogan who scored two, Cathal O’Shea, Lorcan Smyth, Kieran Dolan and Aidan O’Connor. Padraig Cuddy added a penalty.
The Team and replacements were: Coilin Hegarty, Gary Ryan, Warren Beattie, Colm Conway, Aidan O’Connor, Padraig Cuddy, Jamie Kerins. Dennis Grealish, Jason Barrett, Cathal O’Shea, Padraic O’Tuairisg, James Downing, Declan Hogan, Lorcan Smyth, Colm McHugh.
Replacements: Daniel Maloney, Paddy Kennedy, Cormac McGuickian, Mike Roche, Mike Sampier, Anthony O’Loughlin, Anthony Leifi and Lester Naughton.
Mini Rugby training continues at the usual time.
Girls Under 15’s
The Girls U15 side are away to Portumna in the League this Sunday. Kick off is at 12 noon. Players have been notified of travel arrangements.
Corinthians RFC 34 Ballina 7
In what was the final league game of the current campaign, the lads comfortably came out on top again against a tough well drilled Ballina opposition. The tackling was fierce on both sides but the pace that Corinthians had all over the pitch was just too much for Ballina to keep up with. CRFC started well with big number 8 Ryan Gaughan crashing over the line for a try after five minutes followed on the ten minute mark by a try from winger Tadgh Joyce. It looked at that stage that the game might have been all over already but Ballina scored a fine intercept try from the half way line and converted to leave the score at 10-7. That was as close as Ballina were to get, as 5 minutes before half time out half Jack Conway scored a penalty to make it 13-7.
There were three more tries scored in the second half by Tadgh Joyce, Luke Molloy and Max Flynn with all three converted by Jack Conway.
It has been a great season to date with only one loss in the league, and finishing joint top on points with Ballinasloe. The lads played very well all the way through getting better game by game. It was a total squad effort with everyone getting a good run out at different stages. Roll on the cup where they will be a serious team to be reckoned with.
Corinthians 42 Creggs 10
Corinthians U14’s were at home this weekend playing Creggs winning impressively with six tries scored. Of those six, Corinthians had four converted tries after ten minutes and it seemed for a while that the game was all over. However, Creggs came back into the game and at half time the score stood at 28 – 10.
In the second half Corinthians seemed to lose their structure deciding to kick more often rather then spread the ball wide. In end they managed to score two more tries and survived a sustained Creggs attack metres from their try line. The Corinthians tries were scored by Sam Gibson, Adam Madden(2), Louis Corr, Gavin Lee, and Ruben Davitt. All six tries were converted by Bryan Casburn.
The U14’s next match is away to Galwegians Black team on Sat 28th Jan
The Under 15’s are away to Buccaneers next Saturday in the League with kick off at 2.30. The game that was originally scheduled for last weekend was called off due to Frost.
The Under 16’s Friendly Away to Buccaneers fell foul to the heavy frost that fell over the weekend and will now be played next Saturday, kicking off at 2.30.
Corinthians 5 Buccaneers 39
Corinthian Under 17’s put up brave fight against League Leaders Buccaneers on a foggy Sunday afternoon but unfortunately came out second in the end. Play in the first half was very balanced with both teams attacking and defending well. Buccaneers opened the scoring with a penalty and followed that with an unconverted try. Corinthians struck back with a well worked try, finished in the corner by full back Matthew Fitzmaurice. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the score 5-8 at half time.
The stronger depth of the Buccaneers squad proved the difference in the second half as Corinthians, with very limited reserves, eventually ran out of steam and Buccaneers ran in a further five tries, three of which were converted. Credit to Corinthians, they fought until the final whistle. Next up is a league game away to Ballina on Sunday, kicking off at 12 noon.
Corinthians: Niall Carney, Ben O’Sullivan, Dylan Keogh, Darragh Browne, Aonghus Devane, Cillian McCarthy (C), Daniel Fitzmaurice, Jack Mulholland, Ciaran Whelan, Evan Kenny, Brian Flattery, Ralph Solan, Eimhín O’Shaughnessy, Kealan Darcy Carr, Matthew Fitzmaurice, Subs :Thomas O’Dowd, Brian Murphy, Eoin Ryan, Darren Furey, Michael Ahern.
The Under 18’s play their league Semi-Final this Sunday away to Sligo. The team prepared by beating Roscrea College in a friendly last Friday night. Kick off is at 12 noon and support would be greatly appreciated
If you have anything that you would like to add then feel free to contact PRO John Mulligan on firstname.lastname@example.org