Seapoint U15's open Phase 2 of the League with a win
By Terry Sheehan
Adam Power penalty proves the difference between the two sides.
Seapoint Under 15's took on Cill Dara for the second time in two weeks in their opening fixture of Phase 2 of the Premier Division of the League in Kilbogget Park. The previous encounter had ended in a draw and so both teams were out to ensure that they went one better this time. Scrum Half, Daniel Drohan's sniping run from his first touch was a statement of intent as Seapoint went searching for early scores. Cill Dara defended every attack until eventually Adam Power got over for Seapoint's first try. This was followed closely by Andrew O'Donovan powering over for the teams second try. This came at the end of a period of pressure from Seapoint that had full back, Tiernan Hurley, leave the field with a suspected broken collar bone. Cill Dara came back with a try of their own and so when the opportunity arose, Adam Power slotted the games only penalty score to put eight points between the teams.
Cill Dara threw everything into their attack and huge hits from Barra Whelan, Alex Hughes, Euan Hall and James Hickey kept Seapoint ahead for the first half. Daniel Drohan continued to cause problems with the variety and intensity of his play and Darach O'Coffaigh Byrne used his strength and speed to break the line on a number of occasions.
Cill Dara had their purple patch early in the second half and ran in two quick tries to go four points ahead and the nerves of the coaches and parents on the sideline were going to be tested. After a period of sustained pressure on the Cill Dara try line, Andrew O'Donovan powered over for his second try and Adam Power's conversion (his second of the day) was reminiscent of Ronan O'Gara at his glorious best.
The last five minutes was some of the most spirited defending by the team and they managed to hold Cill Dara out to end up winners with a score line of Seapoint 22 to Cill Dara 19. To a man, the squad put in a season defining performance.