U16 Win 53-0
By Louis Fields
City of Derry RFC U16 Match Report
City of Derry RFC U16 Match Report:
(vs Donegal Barbarians, 20/10/18)
City of Derry U16’s 53 - 0 Donegal Barbarians
Donegal Barbarians, are an amalgamation of Finn Valley, Tir Chonaill and Letterkenny 2nd’s U16 teams, joined so that players could get playing, despite there not being enough from either of the first two clubs to field a team of their own.The logistics of getting this team together are immense, and the fact that they have only trained together a few times, was one of the factors that they conceded this game as a league fixture and decided to play as a friendly. Things where not made any easier when the transport let them down and they where running 30mins behind schedule.
With a delayed kick off, the game eventually started at 11:30am, the “Baba’s” won the toss and decide to receive, playing into the strengthening breeze in the first half. Right from the kick off, Derry’s physical size difference was evident. With good counter rucking, the ball was turned over and Tjay Magee picked up, twisted and barged his way over from 10m out. Conversion was pushed wide. Derry U’s 5 – 0 Donegal Baba’s.
Form the restart, Ciaran Dromgoole collected the kick, made good ground before being brought down, quick ball allowed the Derry forwards and backs to attack with pace and Tjay again the crossed the line for try no.2, this time dotting down under the posts. No mistake this time with the conversion. Derry U16’s 12 – 0 Donegal Baba’s.
This was the format for most of the rest of the game, Derry’s size and strength at the breakdown allowed them to win quick ball and the speed of the backs dominated the opposition. Derry scored 53 unanswered points in the first half. For the 2nd half, Derry made the 2 changes off the bench but also swapped a few positionally, hoping to build strength and depth at other positions and planning for the unexpected in the future.
The 2nd half started off like the 1st, with Derry dominating, scoring another 4 tries. With the score now well out of reach, the option to call it a day was given to the Baba’s and the coach agreed from the sidelines. However, captain Mathew and the rest of the Donegal team decided that they would play on, this received a warm round of applause from the supporters on the side lines. This never give up attitude will bode well for the future and all credit to them, it was unfortunate that the Donegal full back and tight head prop took bangs to the head shortly afterwards and went off for precautionary reasons. The game was then ended by the ref, before anyone else got hurt.
Final score will stand as the half time score:
City of Derry U16’s 53 – 0 Donegal Barbarians
Derry played well, putting a few lessons from training into play. There will be sterner tests in the next couple of weeks, starting next week with a home game against Rainey. Thankfully we didn’t pick up any injuries, and those not available this weekend, will be back in training this week.
Donegal Barbarians were overwhelmed by both strength and speed of the play. However, they are a young side and will learn from this game and will be better for it next season. We thank them for the fixture and wish them well for the rest of the season.
Today’s man of the match for Derry goes to Niall McCartney, his performance at 9 was much improved this week, his passing sharper and defensive work was excellent, he even managed a try of his own through excellent support play.
Taking what was worked on in training and doing it on the pitch during game day is what we want to see as coaches.
Match Report by Chris Thompson