J2: Leinster League, Sunday, 11/11/12
by Padraic Treacy
Kilkenny Seconds scored a valuable win against Roscrea on Sunday which now leaves them nine points adrift of the leader board.
Despite leading 14 – 5 at half time it was a lack-lustre first half performance from Kilkenny who’s ball skills and sheer determination left a lot to be desired. Centre, Philly Walsh and hooker, Emmet Lynch both crossed the line to score tries with outhalf Gerry Callinan adding the conversion each time. Roscrea managed to score just on the half time whistle, leaving the halftime score at 14 – 5 to the hosts.
Perhaps this late flourish by Roscrea in the first half was the wakeup call Kilkenny needed, as they were a new team in the second half. Although they were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions in the opening quarter, it took Kilkenny 30 minutes to get control of this game when winger Rod Hogan finally crossed the line to increase their lead. Hogan crossed the line twice after this in the 75th and 78th minutes to complete his hat-trick with Callinan adding two of the conversion attempts. In fairness to Kilkenny, Roscrea never posed a massive threat but they did come close on a few occasions.
A lot of negatives can be taken from this game but thankfully there were a number of positives too. The introduction of Kilkenny’s, Leinster flanker, Diarmuid Hickey was an awesome addition to the pack. This youngster is destined for future glory and Kilkenny can be joyous in the fact that he will be playing in the Kilkenny colours this season. Hickey shared the Man of the Match title with his fellow flanker Leon Madigan whose defensive work at the scrum was simply awe-inspiring. Madigan is also a player that has come up from the youth section and has a bright future ahead.
The Seconds have a break next Sunday and their next match is against Malahide on 2nd December 2012.
Kilkenny Seconds: - Alan O’Donovan, Shane Raftery, Kevin O’Toole, Philly Walsh, Rod Hogan, Gerry Callinan, Victor Harper, Willie Duggan, Ger Costello, Leon Madigan, James Blanchfield, Diarmuid Hickey, Brian Howe, Emmet Lynch, Darren Bawle.
Subs: - Eddie Brennan, Johnny Madden, Ronan O’Donohue, Richie Devane, Vinnie O’Shea.