Seapoint U-16s open league campaign with a win
By John O Donnell
Seapoint Rugby Club 19 St Mary's RFC 5 Sean Walsh -- Man of the match
Seapoint U-16s got their league campaign off to a winning start with an impressive away win albeit somewhat flattered by the final score of 19 points to 5. The game kicked off at the unusually late time of 1:30 pm. Seapoint failed to deal convincingly with the kick-off and had to absorb a lot of pressure in the opening ten minutes as a result. However as the game progressed Seapoint grew into the game and started to create some chances of their own. Nonetheless poor decision making prevented them from turning those chances into scores. Finally good crisp passing resulted in a clear cut opportunity for Daniel Law out on the wing (where else would one expect to find a prop ?). Daniel had a lot to do from almost half way but made it look easy and he showed an impressive turn of pace as he left the opposition backs in his wake, touching down for the opening score. John Ascough missed a difficult conversion.
St Marys rallied and exerted a lot of pressure and were unlucky not to get over on the stroke of half time. Seapoint’s defence was their best asset all day and this stood to them. Early in the second half Seapoint capitalised on a St Marys mistake and John Ascough forced his way over for a try which Stephen Manning converted. At 12 points to nil we had a comfortable lead but poor decision making and a failure to clear our lines put un under more pressure. A high tackle resulted in a 5 minute yellow card for Thomas O’Shea and St Marys ultimately forced their way over while Thomas was in the sinbin. Leading 12 points to 5 with 5 minutes to go was nerve-wracking for the Seapoint supporters. However David O’Dowd had given an impressive attacking running and kicking game at outhalf in the second half and he scored a fine individual try in the closing minute from thirty yards out to end the game as a contest. Stephen Manning converted the kick to finish the score at 19 points to 5.
Seapoint U-16s played well today, they won because they defended harder than the opposition. Cameron Ramsay was useful at scrum half, Oscar controlled the game well at 10 in the first half. Ciaran Crozier was impressive in attack and defence in the first half. Ben Marnell tackled extremely well and Thomas O’Shea was very strong in attack and defence before making the critical error that resulted in his sinbinning. Alan Casey make a couple of critical tackles on the wing in the second half to stop overlaps and his decision making in defence was excellent. However Man of the match, just edging out his impressive back row colleagues Kacper and John, Sean Walsh had the game at No 8 he has been threatening to produce for years. Other players tackled as hard and ran as hard but Sean’s key contribution today was his impeccable decision making when on the ball and in defence. Never lost a ball in contact, passed at the right times, took it up at the right times and tackled like a demon.
Well done Sean Walsh.