Derry shift 81 points against Donegal
By Louis Fields
Donegal/Ballyshannon are no match for rampant Derry
City of Derry RFC U14’s Match report:
(vs Donegal/Ballyshannon, 13/10/18)
Donegal/Ballyshannon 12 - 81 CDRFC
After last weeks triumph against Inishowen, we travelled to Donegal town for our third competitive game of the season. The match started well with Derry kicking off and regaining possession of the ball, leading to Ben B storming down the centre of the pitch and scoring between the posts. The conversion following was missed, leaving the score at 5-0
This pattern continued and led to a try from Derry's outside centre Niall Quiggley
, also between the posts. The following conversion was then scored by Cormac Kelly. The score then sat at 12-0. Another try of the same manner was scored by the captain Mark Craig, also between the posts. This was converted by Ben B. 19-0
At this point, the Derry lads now started gaining structure in their attack and began to get multiple passes and phases together and really started to shine as a team. This followed for the rest of the match from this point on. A knock on from the kick off led to a scrum from which Donegal's eight took a pick and go and was bundled into touch. The resulting line-out led to a knock-on from Ben B on the opposition 22m which resulted in a scrum. Hands in the ruck from Derry led to a penalty which was taken quickly, and was run through the centre of the pitch. This was swiftly stolen by Ben who who passed to Captain Mark Craig and landed a massive try. Conversion by Ben B. Score 26-0.
Due to low numbers, Derry gave Donegal town three players to match numbers for the rest of the game. The restart was caught by Christopher McCann
who got tackled and offloaded to Ben B, who ran a line through the centre of the pitch for the second time today and scored again between the posts. Converted by Cormac. 33-0. A belting run from Finn lead to an offload to Niall Quiggley
who went streaking down the middle of the pitch to score soon after. Converted by Christopher. Score 40-0. Great play from Derry and good set up by Ben lead to Niall Quiggley
scoring with the conversion this time by Finn Melarkey. 47-0.
Just before half time, a knock on from the kick off lead to an opposition scrum from which a try was scored and converted to make it 47-7 at half time.
In the second half, kick off didn’t go ten metres so derry got a scrum on the half way line. A pick and go from Mark Craig lead to a try from him as he ran straight through the Donegal defence and converted by Ben. 54-7. An amazing catch by Zack D from the restart lead to an offload to Christopher McCann
who belted down the wing to score in the corner, followed by an amazing link up of players, leading to a pick and go try from Derry 12 Ryan Norris
A smashing hand off from Brian unfortunately lead to a ball held in the ruck and the resulting penalty was taken fast. Derrys defence were tested here but was eventually stolen in a ruck which led to a line-out for Derry. Niall Quiggley
had to come off with a back injury but was not deterred and came back on at the next break in play. The line-out was won by Joel and led to a few phases of play which led to a pummelling run from Ben to get another try. 69-7.
The subsequent kick off led to a ball bouncing off Cormac's shin putting Joel in an offside position. The resulting scrum led to a penalty from which derry were pushed to their limits. Despite the hard work, Donegal still scored a try. 69-12. A stolen line out from Zack Deane helped him get his second try of the day going into the final minutes of the game.
A knock on from the kickoff led to a scrum from which their number 8 took a pick and go but was smashed by Derry's centre partnership. This caused a knock-on from Donegal and the following scrum led to an amazing run from Cormac, ending in a knock on by Captain Mark Craig. The next scrum had another pick and go which led to a steal from Zack Deane and after a few phases of play, a try was scored by Ben. Conversion was hit by Christopher McCann
and finished the game at 81-12 to Derry.
Match Report: Oran Rafferty