Excellent display marred by large number of injuries
By John O Donnell
Seapoint run out easy winners against Ashbourne
Seapoint played Ashbourne on Sunday in the very first meeting at youth level between these two squads, having never met in either a competitive or a friendly fixture over the last 5 years. Conditions on the day were absolutely perfect for a game of rugby. Ashbourne were well matched physically to compete with Seapoint but a superior game plan and execution ensured that Seapoint ran out as easy winners. Tries by Thomas O'Shea and Conor McCaul early in the first half and two tries in succession from John Ascough, one either side of half time put Seapoint in a position where they were never likely to lose.
After the break,Seapoint continued to build their lead with a try from Daragh McCaul , a second try for Ascough and a final try from Tochi Onyemelukwe who showed a great turn of pace to score his first try in Seapoint colours. Outhalf for the day Stephen Manning kicked 5 from 7 conversion attempts - an excellent percentage. The day ended on a somewhat worrying note however when Daniel Law who had put in a solid performance throughout the match received a severe blow to the head and was concussed. Given the requirement to get an ambulance and not to move the player until the medical assistance arrived, it was decided to blow up the match 12 minutes early. The competitive result of 45 points to nil however will stand.
In addition to Daniel Law, Stephen Manning also fractured his wrist and Keith Rice injured his shoulder which means that Seapoint will be without all three of these players for at least a number of weeks and probably until after Christmas. On behalf of the rest of the team, the coaches, management and all the parents and Seapoint Rugby Club, we wish Daniel, Stephen and Keith speedy recoveries.