One sided affair in Inishowen
By Louis Fields
CDRFC U16 63 – 3 Inishowen U16
City of Derry RFC U16 Match Report
(vs Inishowen, 6/10/28)
CDRFC U16 63 – 3 Inishowen U16
What a difference a week makes. Inishowen came to the Craig Thompson Stadium buoyant after an away win against the South Donegal combined team from Donegal Town and Ballyshannon. The hosts had a good first half performance last week against Letterkenny, but where undone in the 2nd half. This week, the visitors came missing a few of their players. However, there were still enough to have a few men on the bench. One late change for Derry saw Corey Walsh come in to replace Oran McMenamin at full back.
After a slight delay as we waited for the ref to arrive, a late replacement, Glenda Mellon drove the whole way from Letterkenny to officiate this game. Thank you, Glenda! Inishowen kicked off and Derry immediately went on the attack, some good support play and offloading allowed the Derry lads to move the ball quickly into the Inishowen half. One final offload to Tjay Magee saw the flanker get some open space and he took full advantage, running down the left wing and coming in to score under the posts. The conversion from Alex Thompson was good 7-0.
From the restart, it was more of the same with Derry moving the ball quickly, combining backs and forwards. A good run from left winger Shane O' Kane saw him denied just a metre short, but as all good back row players should, TJay was on hand to take the pop pass and go over in the corner for his 2nd. Conversion from Alex was just wide. TJay got a third shortly afterwards, this time from a simple pick and go 2 metres out. He attempted the conversion himself but pushed it wide. 17-0.
The Derry forwards were now in total control of the game, they were dominating the scrum winning a number against the head. It was from one such scrum their next try came, with Number 8 Jacob Cole picking up from the base and ploughing his way down the blindside and over from 10 metres out. TJay got a second attempt from nearly the same spot, but again wide. 22-0.
Not to out done, the rest of the Derry forwards wanted in on some action. Good carries from Dylan Donnell, Jack McCartney and Josh Friel saw Derry once again press for the try line. Adam Coyle received the ball and used footwork to manoeuvre himself to crash over at the post. Alex converted 29-0. TJay got a fourth, again converted by Alex 36-0, to round off an excellent performance.
Not to be outdone, the Derry backs, who hadn’t seen much ball in attack, eventually got in on the act. After another dominant scrum, Derry moved the ball down the left and Shane O' Kane didn’t get caught this time as he went over for his first ever try, to take the score to 41-0 at half time.
Half time saw a change of props from Derry, the 2 flankers were replaced and there were positional changes at 9, 10 and full back. With Jamie Doherty coming on to play his first ever game at loose head, Cody Neely at tight head, there was no difference in the dominant scrum display in the 2nd half. Unfortunately, Cody did some damage as he went on a charge from a tap and go penalty, rampaging his way through a couple of Inishowen players leaving their hooker with a possible broken nose, he had to come off and from then the scrums went uncontested. We all hope there is no lasting damage.
Alex was next to get in on the try scoring act, he received a short off load from Aaron Haslett and sprinted down the left wing to score in the corner, the conversion attempt fell short. 46-0. Inishowen to their credit, didn’t give up and after a high tackle penalty, they duly slotted it over from outside the 22. Score now 46-3.
The Derry back line wanted more, Ciaran Dromgoole went on a charge and powered over, he attempted the conversion himself but maybe he should leave that to others in the future! 51-3. Next it was Callum Mullins turn, after a well worked break, the ball was moved right and Callum did well to beat the two man tackle to score in the corner. Alex restored to kicking duties slotted over the conversion. 58-3.
The final score came from a set piece move, the uncontested scrum allowing time for the Derry back line to setup a strike in the centre of the pitch with Sean Bates stepping in to score just wide of the posts. Jacob Cole’s turn for a kick attempt left his attempt hitting the post.
Final score City of Derry U16’s 63 – 3 Inishowen U16’s
A great response from the Derry lads to bounce back after last week. Unfortunately for Inishowen, they couldn’t deal with the Derry pack who were on fire. Man of the match goes to TJay Magee for his 4 tries and great support play.