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U18 - Match centre

City of Derry RFC
Inishowen
A Pollock (2), C McColgan, C Mullin, D Gill, R Harkin, C McMenamin, E Coyle
Tries
M Grant (5)
Conversions
Sat 6 Oct 10:30 - League Full time

Derry force an early end

City of Derry RFC 50 - 0 Inishowen RFC

City of Derry RFC U18 Match Report
(vs Inishown, 6/10/18)
City of Derry RFC 50 - 0 Inishowen RFC

Conditions on Saturday 6th October were perfect for a game of rugby, City of Derry Under 18’s were playing Inishowen under 18’s in Derry’s second fixture of the northwest carpet league. Derry had arrived early at the Craig Thompson Stadium to ensure that they were fully prepared for the impending match. They looked focused and energetic during the warm up.

Inishowen began the match well running hard into Derry. Derry’s pack allowed Inishowen’s big ball carriers to bully their way around the field and gain yards well into Derry’s half and continue right on up to Derry’s 22. Derry had a lazy defence falling off tackles with a lot of ball watching instead of man on man tackling and players taking charge.

U18 vs Inishowen
97 photos

Things went from bad to worse for Derry when for the first time in the season, Derry’s pack had been driven back during a scrum on Derry’s ten-meter line. Inishowen broke from the scrum and ran at the Derry backs, looking like they would do damage to the sleepy Derry side. This continued until the referee had to stop play due to a head injury. At that time, the Derry coaches were able to rally Derry and from that point on, Derry stepped up a gear.

Derry’s forwards won the ball back from Inishowen and went on a rampage lead by Adam Pollock, cutting through the Inishowen line and backed by his back row partner Dara Gill. Adam Pollock crossed the line first, taking two Inishowen players who had attempted a tackle with him. From then on, Derry began to run with confidence.

Derry’s next score came from Cein McColgan. Cein ran at the Inishowen line handing off three attempts at a tackle and backed himself for the line. Adam Pollock was in for his 2nd try of the game with Mark Grant stepping up and kicking the conversion. At this stage, Inishowen’s heads began to drop and they began a verbal exchange with one another behind the posts.

This fed Derry’s appetite for success and they continued to overturn the ball in Inishowen’s half, making the hard yards through the forwards that set up the back line to run their patterns. Conor Mullin was next in under the posts with the conversion kicked by Mark Grant.
Dara Gill was one of Derry’s star players of the day and won the accolade of man of the match for his performance. He was involved in all plays of the match and put himself around the park, putting in massive tackles and poaching numerous balls in the ruck. He also managed to get in under the posts after twenty-five minutes with Mark Grant adding the conversion.

Ruairi Harking was next under the posts after a prior strong run was ended prematurely with him being pushed into touch by three Inishowen players, and in the process, losing his shorts. This time he was not to be undone and went in right under the posts with Mark Grant adding the conversion.

Half time could not come quick enough for the weakened side of Inishowen who were down to 13 men, but Derry had a full bench at their disposal. The coaches emptied the bench and that saw the introduction of Conor McMeniman to the game and it didn’t take him long to get to work.

After a strong ten minutes from Inishowen, Derry managed to steel the ball and Conor McMeniman ran through the Inishowen defence and half of the field to score under the posts. Conor was very close to another try minutes later when the ref blew his whistle to stop play for an Inishowen head injury, which frustrated Conor who had now become comfortable with the ball in hand.

Inishowen ended up down to twelve men and minutes later Eoin Coyle scored a try after a lovely break from his own half. Mark Grant kicked the conversion again. At that point, the referee called a halt to the proceedings, 20 minutes before the whistle should have gone.
Full time score : Derry 50 - 0 Inishowen

City of Derry would like to thank the referee for turning up at short notice, Inishowen for giving us the game and the supporters on the side line. We would also like to thank Craig Thompson for his support before and during the game.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

12:00
Try Adam Pollock scores for City of Derry RFC
18:00
Try Cein McColgan scores for City of Derry RFC
26:00
Try Adam Pollock scores for City of Derry RFC
27:00
Conversion Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
35:00
Try Conor Mullin scores for City of Derry RFC
36:00
Conversion Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
38:00
Try Dara Gill scores for City of Derry RFC
39:00
Conversion Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
40:00
Try Ruairi Harkin scores for City of Derry RFC
40:00
Conversion Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
45:00
Try Conor McMenamin scores for City of Derry RFC
59:00
Try Eoin Coyle scores for City of Derry RFC
60:00
Conversion Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC

Videos and photos

U18 vs Inishowen
97 photos
U18 vs Inishowen

Highlights

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60:00 Conversion 50 - 0
Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
59:00 Try 48 - 0
Eoin Coyle scores for City of Derry RFC
45:00 Try 43 - 0
Conor McMenamin scores for City of Derry RFC
End of period 1
40:00 Try 36 - 0
Ruairi Harkin scores for City of Derry RFC
40:00 Conversion 38 - 0
Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
39:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
38:00 Try 29 - 0
Dara Gill scores for City of Derry RFC
36:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
35:00 Try 22 - 0
Conor Mullin scores for City of Derry RFC
27:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Mark Grant kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
26:00 Try 15 - 0
Adam Pollock scores for City of Derry RFC
18:00 Try 10 - 0
Cein McColgan scores for City of Derry RFC
12:00 Try 5 - 0
Adam Pollock scores for City of Derry RFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • City of Derry RFC
  • Inishowen
  • 0
  • Adam Pollock Try 12:00'
  • Cein McColgan Try 18:00'
  • Adam Pollock Try 26:00'
  • Mark Grant Conversion 27:00'
  • Conor Mullin Try 35:00'
  • Mark Grant Conversion 36:00'
  • Dara Gill Try 38:00'
  • Mark Grant Conversion 39:00'
  • Ruairi Harkin Try 40:00'
  • Mark Grant Conversion 40:00'
  • Conor McMenamin Try 45:00'
  • Eoin Coyle Try 59:00'
  • Mark Grant Conversion 60:00'

Team selection

Harkin, Ruairi Harkin, Ruairi
Roarty, Robert Roarty, Robert
Blackman, Bradley Blackman, Bradley
Grant, Mark Grant, Mark
Gallagher, Max Gallagher, Max
Straw, Sean Straw, Sean
Coyle, Eoin Coyle, Eoin
Mullin, Conor Mullin, Conor
Lamberton, Adam Lamberton, Adam
Gill, Dara Gill, Dara
McColgan, Cein McColgan, Cein
Cooke, Cormac Cooke, Cormac
Anderson, Paul Anderson, Paul
Pollock, Adam Pollock, Adam
Cullen, Adam Cullen, Adam

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