02 Nov 2015
Tullamore continue winning ways
A.I.L Div 2 C Tullamore 21 Boyne 3
Four more points for Tullamore sees them climb to third in the League table but really it should have been more. After losing their first 2 league games with bonus points Tullamore have now won 4 in a row to get themselves back in the shake up. The winning bonus for 4 tries was there for the taking on Saturday against a limited Boyne side but Tullamore while winning comfortably were fairly pedestrian all through. On a beautiful day for rugby Tullamore played well at times but for whatever reason a bit of spark is sadly missing. Discipline was also a problem with the home side giving away 13 penalties plus a red and yellow card. Tullamore opened the scoring with a penalty by Karl Dunne after 12 minutes from 25 metres on the touchline. In the 24th minute winger Brian Gilligan scored a good try after terrific handling in the backs. The conversion by Karl Dunne gave Tullamore a 10-0 lead. A 30 metre penalty by Dunne in the 31st minute gave the home side a 13-0 lead at the break. With the Tullamore pack completely on top we expected the scores to flow in the second half but it never materialised. Boyne scored a penalty early in the half to reduce the deficit to 13-3. In the 55th minute a Tullamore player was red carded after a melee . Boyne sensed blood and played their best rugby of the day putting Tullamore under pressure for the next 15 minutes. Tullamore survived and in fairness went on to dominate the last quarter. A terrific try by Ivor Scully in the 72nd minute after 2 great long passes by Aaron Deverell and Karl Dunne ended the game as a contest. A further successful penalty by Karl Dunne left the final score 21-3 to Tullamore. With the home forwards excellent as usual Tullamore had a lot of possession and field position all game. However they kicked away too much possession, a lot of it badly. When they spread the ball wide late in the game the visitors had no answer. The Tullamore scrum was very strong and the lineout saw them win all their own throws and 3 of the oppositions. The front row of Lowry, Feighery and Molloy were outstanding with good assistance from Rob Connor and Adrian Hanley. In the backs Aaron Deverell, Brian Gilligan and Karl Dunne played well. Next Saturday Tullamore face the long trip to Midleton to face the Cork side who are 1 point behind them in the table and have probably the biggest pack in the A.I.L.
Darragh Lowry, Cathal Feighery, Ger Molloy, Ivor Deverell, Leon Martin, Gavin Kelly, Rob Connor, Adrian Hanley, Richie Hughes, Aaron Deverell, Cormac Moloney, Ivor Scully, Tom Gilligan, Brian Gilligan, Karl Dunne, Mark Kennedy, Kevin Browne, Cyril Cornally, Jordan Conroy, Jarlath Glynn