City of Derry RFC U16 vs Letterkenny Match Report
By Louis Fields
Letterkenny do enough to come out on top
Letterkenny RFC 24 - 3 City of Derry RFC
Yesterday's away game against Letterkenny was a tough one. Both starting teams were evenly matched with the first half being a highly competitive game - both teams playing to their strengths and neither really getting on top.
An initial attack from Letterkenny was repelled after some good tackling and counter rucking by the Derry back line.After winning back the ball in their on 22, Derry's forwards moved the ball up the pitch with numerous carries. This intertwined with carries from Ciaran Dromgoole
at 1st centre, pushed Letterkenny back into their own 22. Derry spent a large period of this 1st half camped in the opposition 22 but got no points to show for it. For a couple of kickable penalties, the wrong decision was made. After a penalty from Derry on the 5m line, Letterkenny were able to clear their lines and from the resulting lineout, Letterkenny moved the ball through their back line and squeezed past the Derry defence out wide, allowing for a touch down in the corner with the conversion pushed wide. 5-0 to the home team. The rest of the half was toing and froing from one side to the other but both defences held strong and no further points scored.
The 2nd half started with Derry making one change in the front row and Letterkenny making numerous changes to forwards and backs. It was these changes that made the difference in the 2nd half. The Derry change bolstered their scrum but the Letterkenny change made the difference to the game. The Derry defence held out initially but with the constant pressure from Letterkenny, the cracks started to appear. Another well worked backs move and Letterkenny scored again out wide. Again the conversion was pushed wide. 10-0.
The Derry lads responded well, and made ground into the Letterkenny half, an indiscretion from the home team allowed Alex to slot over a penalty but with the Derry lads now tiring, Letterkenny out muscled the Derry team at the breakdowns, and with that dominance up front, they released their well drilled back line. That and a few poorly defended kick returns allowed Letterkenny to score another couple of tries before the end, both of which converted.
Final Score Letterkenny U16's 24 - City of Derry UI16's 3