City of Derry RFC U18 vs Letterkenny Match Report
By Louis Fields
Vistors Derry keep Letterkenny off the scoreboard
Letterkenny RFC 0 - 48 City of Derry RFC
This week again the U18's had an early kick off being facilitated by Letterkenny. We knew this would not be an easy match against our rivals, no match ever is.
After a short, sharp warm up, the U18's took to the pitch with determination and focus. From the first whistle the young Derry side took control of the match. The first half saw a total of six tries with Mark Grant
converting four. Scorers included Max Gallagher
, Dara Gill
, Mark Grant
, Sean Straw
, Bradley Blackman
and man of the match Adam Pollock
In the first half, it was clear to see Adam Pollock
was giving a man of the match performance scoring a try, carrying the ball twelve times and making countless tackles. The first half saw plenty of action including great running lines from the likes of Max Gallgaher and Roberty Roarty, with nomination for team try of the season.
From defending on their own line, Derry where able to win a scrum which lead to a back move freeing Mark Grant
through the heart of the Letterkenny defence, running 90m to score under the posts.
Little had to be said to the men from the maiden city at half time as captain Conor Mullin
took control pointing out the errors and how to fix them, showing great maturity and knowledge of the game. At half time, CDRFC were able to make three changes, showing the strength and depth within the squad. Coming on at half time was Daire McDermott
, Corey Doherty
, Luke Gallagher
, Ruairi Harkin
and Emmet Murray
It was not long before the changes had an influence on the game as Daire McDermott
crossed for Derry's seventh try. 13mins into the second half, Derry scored their final try after a great solo run from captain Conor Mullin
fending off numerous players and showing great pace to score in the right hand corner. Unfortunately, shortly after this try the Letterkenny side suffered a few injuries causing the match to be called up early, finishing 48-0 to the men in green and black.
From the sidelines, it is clear to see the improvement within the squad from week to week. There are many positives to take from the performance but the young men from Judges Road know that it's only round 1 in the league meaning there is a long road to go. Training continues this Monday at the Craig Thompson Stadium, Judges Road at 1900.