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U14 - Match centre

Foyle College
City of Derry RFC
Tries
B Biernat, M Craig (2), N Quiggley
Conversions
O Sweeny (2), C Kelly
Sat 15 Sep 11:00 - Friendly Full time

City of Derry RFC U14 vs Foyle College Match Report

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)

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

45:00
Try Ben Biernat scores for City of Derry RFC
52:00
Try Marc Craig scores for City of Derry RFC
53:00
Conversion Oisin Sweeny kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
59:00
Try Marc Craig scores for City of Derry RFC
60:00
Conversion Oisin Sweeny kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
78:00
Try Niall Quiggley scores for City of Derry RFC
79:00
Conversion Comac Kelly kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC

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Highlights

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79:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Comac Kelly kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
78:00 Try 0 - 24
Niall Quiggley scores for City of Derry RFC
60:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Oisin Sweeny kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
59:00 Try 0 - 17
Marc Craig scores for City of Derry RFC
53:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Oisin Sweeny kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
52:00 Try 0 - 10
Marc Craig scores for City of Derry RFC
45:00 Try 0 - 5
Ben Biernat scores for City of Derry RFC
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As it happened

  • Foyle College
  • City of Derry RFC
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  • Ben Biernat Try 45:00'
  • Marc Craig Try 52:00'
  • Oisin Sweeny Conversion 53:00'
  • Marc Craig Try 59:00'
  • Oisin Sweeny Conversion 60:00'
  • Niall Quiggley Try 78:00'
  • Comac Kelly Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

Sweeny, Oisin Sweeny, Oisin
Walsh, Jamie Walsh, Jamie
Quiggley, Niall Quiggley, Niall
Norris, Ryan Norris, Ryan
Palmer, Jamie Palmer, Jamie
Biernat, Ben Biernat, Ben
McCann, Christopher McCann, Christopher
Kelly, Comac Kelly, Comac
Craig, Marc Craig, Marc
Kelly, Fechin Kelly, Fechin
Cassidy, Conor Cassidy, Conor
Clarke, Andrew Clarke, Andrew
Doherty, Joel Doherty, Joel
Parkhill, Daimhin Parkhill, Daimhin
Cassidy, PJ Cassidy, PJ

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