City of Derry RFC U14 vs Foyle College Match Report
By Louis Fields
Foyle beat Derry in two of the three preseason sessions
1st session: Foyle 24-0 CDRFC
While Derry took some time to get their defence to work, Foyle were able to take advantage by running a try in the corner within the first few minutes. This was followed by a conversion kick that had to be retaken due to a passionate roar by Derry scrum half Christopher McCann
on the charge down. Foyle scored four tried in total in the first segment, with two successful conversions.
2nd session: Foyle 5-19 CDRFC
City of Derry were able to turn the tables on their opposition in the second fixture as their defence began to work more fluently, denying Foyle any ground or possession for much of the match. After a hard fought beginning, fly half Ben Biernat
was able to make a storming run after breaking through the opposing line which resulted in a try behind the posts. With grown confidence, the City of Derry attacks were dominant in this portion, leading to two more tries in succession by flanker Marc Craig
, who put in a Man of the Match winning performance, each followed by successful conversions by full Back Oisin Sweeny
Despite a great effort to hold the ball up by captain Nial Quiggly, Foyle were able to score in the corner, providing some respite in a difficult portion of the match. Another last ditch attempt came in the final minutes as a run to the corner was made with a try imminent, but a strong combined effort by hooker Daimhin Parkhill
and Quiggly was enough to bring the player to touch, ending the segment and denying Foyle any more points.
3rd session: Foyle 19-7 CDRFC
The fixture’s climax was contested strongly by both teams, with each visibly fatigued, yet still pushing themselves through. Injuries plagued Derry with inside centre Ryan Norris
, McCann, and Craig all playing through hard knocks picked up throughout the match. The Derry front row of P.J. Donnelly, Parkhill, and Joel Doherty
, though less experienced than others, stayed consistent and put in a scrumming performance to be proud of, along with joint Man of the Match winner Cormac Kelly (Number 8.) showing no signs of slowing down in tackle making. Individual flair from Sweeny gained valuable distance down the pitch, allowing skipper Quiggley to cross the line for a try, with Kelly kicking to add the extras. However, this wasn’t enough to match their dominant Foyle opponents, who were able to gain the upper hand by exploiting Derry’s fatigue and defensive gaps out wide, scoring three tries overall.
Captain – Nial Quiggly (#13)
Man of the Match – joint Marc Craig
(#7) and Cormac Kelly (#8)