Longford RFC Mini/Youth Notes 09/01/2017
Fixtures, Results & U14/U16 Match Reports
Sat 14th Jan
U13’s vs. Birr (Home)
U14’s vs. Navan (Away)
U15’s vs. Edenderry (Away)
U16’s vs. Carlow (Away)
U18’s vs. Tullamore (Away)
Longford U13 05 Edenderry 12
Longford U14 43 Wexford 20
Longford U15 17 Dundalk 24
Longford U16 00 Portarlington 24
Longford U18 55 Portarlington 08
U-14 Leinster League Longford 43 Wexford Wanders 20
Longford’s trip to Wexford was overshadowed by the sudden passing of Mullingar No. 8 Ben Murray, son of coach Boris and Alma, and brother to Alfie. The players, coaches and parents extend our deepest sympathies to them, and the Under 14 squad and coaches of our closest neighbours and friends.
The visitors belied the long journey (and occasional breakfast roll!) to overcome Wexford with seven tries; three from the mercurial talisman that is Josh Sorohan (who also converted four); and one each for Mark Bracken, Rory Maguire, Kola Adejinmi and Aaron Oates. Longford came storming out of the blocks, and were fourteen up in the first few minutes as Josh Sorohan ran rampant, touching down twice before Wexford had time to settle. Wexford rallied, though, and after a period of sustained pressure, picked at the edge of a ruck on the Longford line and sniped over to reduce the deficit.
The boys in black though began to assert themselves, with man-of-the-match Ronan Kavanagh forcing turnover and mistakes with a ferocious tackle count. Centre Cormac McDonagh was chief tormentor in the backs rucking and counter-rucking admirably whilst Dylan Reilly kept the momentum going. Reward wasn’t long in coming, from a breakdown Oisin O’Toole popped to second row Rory Maguire just past the 10 metre line, and with legs pumping broke two tackles before staring down the full-back and over for his first try of the season. This try has been coming all season and was just reward for the excellence of his ball carrying this year. A further was inveitable, and again it was pressure that forced the turnover, as flanker Mark Bracken scooped loose ball and seized the day with a great solo run. Rampaging prop Aaron Oates again showed his tenacity to grab a fifth as Longford went in 31-5 at halftime.
Longford took the foot off the gas in the second half, and the deficit was reduced by five early on, but Longford countered as the dynamic duo of Kola and Josh added two more, before Wexford got two late-on. However, this victory was built on many pillars; skill, teamwork, communication and tenacity. It can be seen how much this squad has developed. Niall Sheridan’s audacious dummy near the Wexford line that only resulted in no score due to a high tackle on Niall, the resulting penalty converted into a try by Kola. Aaron Gilna continues to excel at 6, scrambling for territory with much go-forward ball. Killoe’s contingent is three and Jack Linnane was dominant at lineout and ruck. To the chagrin of Ronan Kavanagh, Patrick Connaughton was so effective on the wing, we couldn’t afford to move him to hooker. He snuffed out two overlaps in the first half and was unlucky not to get a try himself.
Another pocket dynamo who is reveling in making a position his own is Owen Harkin at full-back, proving an impenetrable last line of defence, and the front row continues to blossom; Kevin McDonagh steadied the scrum and was quietly efficient on the fringes whilst Padraig Sheridan was back to his rampaging self after a hamstring injury. Wing Cole O’Connor was a handful with his scorching runs and indefatigable flanker Jason Glancy constantly converted defence into offence.
We are away next week in the League to Navan, a tough outing as they are going well in the League also. We need all at training Wednesday (with gumshields & attitude!)
Squad: Aaron Oates; Ronan Kavanagh; Kevin McDonagh; Rory Maguire; Jack Linnane; Mark Bracken; Jason Glancy; Kola Adejinmi; Dylan Reilly; Josh Sorohan; Patrick Connaughton; Oisin O’Toole; Cormac McDonagh; Cole O’Connor; Owen Harkin; Aaron Gilna; Padraig Sheridan; Niall Sheridan.
Leinster U16 League Longford 00 Portarlington 24
Despite the result, our U16s played a very hard and physical game against a team that on the day, were stronger. It is worth mentioning that Longford were denied at least three opportunities to score, where a series of unfortunate events prevented us from reaching the try line.
Players and Coaches have already identified areas of improvement and will focus on specifics during our training on Thursday evening. We want to thank all our supporters at the game and we welcome our new players who have recently joined our team.
Next, we are playing Carlow away on Saturday 14th of January.
Longford: James Murphy, Gareth O’Hara, Ben Victory, Oisin McDonnell, David Connolly, John Corcoran, Michael Dunne, William Higgins, Simon Moorehead, Brian O’Farrell, Jack Finnegan, Dario Cigliano, Joshua Manning, Colin Cousins, Liam Donoghue, Cian Gray, Ciaran McGlynn, Evan Hogan, Brandon Maguire, Daniel Reilly, Rory Lennon, Finn Brady, Jake Donnelly