J2 Leinster League, Sunday 31/10/10
Disappointing result for Seconds
This was a disappointing result for the seconds and a lot more was expected from them on the day. Riding on the back of some very impressive wins over the past few weeks, perhaps complacency mixed with a little bit of cockiness has crept into the Kilkenny camp and was a reason for the defeat?
Nevertheless, Kilkenny were unbeaten going into this contest in Streamstown and they did walk away with a valuable bonus point which keeps them in the running to grab this years Leinster League title. Although with a slight gap now growing between them and 1 st placed Clondalkin, Kilkenny still have a game in hand and should not be too fazed about this minor hiccup.
Roscrea were, without doubt, the more eager team and opened the scoring on 5 minutes with a fine penalty kick from their outhalf who was to do more damage later in the game. Kilkenny looked ragged at times and seemed to be on the back-foot for the entire half. The Roscrea outhalf added 3 more points but missed two other relatively simple kicking opportunities, which showed their vulnerability. Kilkenny’s Keith Brennan reduced the deficit to 3 points shortly before the break and the home side ended the first half 6 – 3 in front.
Kilkenny brought on Dave McMahon for Keith Brennan and Ger Flood for Rory O’Brien at half time. Kilkenny attacked the Roscrea line and were finally rewarded when Philly Walsh made a beautiful run down the touch-line and passed inside to Aidan Boland who crossed the line to score the one and only try of the game. The conversion attempt went just wide of the posts and this was something which was regretted when the final whistle blew. Had it gone over maybe Kilkenny would have won by a point instead of losing by a point? However, ‘If’s’ do not win games.
With Kilkenny now having finally found their feet, Dave McMahon added a further 3 points and it looked as if Kilkenny might just about scrape a win out of this. This was not the case and Roscrea’s outhalf killed this opportunity kicking 2 further penalties. James Blanchfield was then sin-binned for persistent fouling despite having being warned repeatedly by the referee. The Roscrea outhalf missed two further kicking opportunities and the game ended 12-11 in favour of the home side.
Kilkenny take on Ashbourne at home on Sunday and have an opportunity to make good this defeat. Kilkenny will have to rethink their game and learn from the mistakes they made. Kick off on Sunday is at 1pm and your support would be much appreciated by players, management and coaches alike.
Kilkenny 2nd XV – Martin O’Brien, Rory O’Brien, Aidan Boland, Philly Walsh, Vinnie O’Shea, Keith Brennan, Niall Tyrrell, Conor Bass, David Buckley, Dave Matthews, James Blanchfield, Brendan McIntyre, Eddie Brennan, Brian Hanrahan, Kevin Oates. Replacements – Brian Nolan, Jimmy Dunne, Dave McMahon, Ger Flood.
by Padraic Treacy