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U19 South East League, Friday 17/9/10, 7pm
Kilkenny 15-25 Carlow

Carlow kicked off and won the ball back, they tried to move the ball through the backs and were almost intercepted by Kilkenny’s alert winger Cian O Mahony. The next 10 mins play was around the middle of the field as both teams found it hard to hold on to the ball. The first score came from a converted penalty after Carlow worked the ball up field, Kilkenny turned it over only to be penalised for not releasing. 0-3

Carlow forwards started to get on top and they moved the ball through several phases to get to the Kilkenny 22. Some excellent defensive tackling by Captain Emmet Lynch, Darren Bawle and Brian Howe and Adam Nolan helped to get the ball back and a relieving kick by Denis Hogan brought Kilkenny into the Carlow 30. Under pressure Carlow then gave away a penalty which Hogan slotted over in the 18 th min. 3-3

When the Kilkenny backs tried to run the ball from the kick off they knocked it on and Carlow scored the first try of the match in the corner from the resulting scrum and missed the conversion. 3-8

Kilkenny almost scored 5mins later when scrum half Aaron McGrath broke at halfway and passed to Owen Connelly who was caught on the 22. Kilkenny lost the resulting scrum against the head, something that cost them dearly throughout the match.

Kilkenny started the second half brightly, a good high kick off from out half Hogan was not dealt with by Carlow forwards and the Kilkenny no 8 Shane Brennan punished them to collect about 40ms out and score an excellent opportunist try which Hogan converted, 10-8

Kilkenny enjoyed their best spell when their backs Denis Hogan, Finbar Hayse and Lewis B. McGuire defended well and worked hard trying to find their way past a good Carlow backline. Shane Brennan almost scored again when after putting pressure on the Carlow scrum half, he hacked the ball on and was denied by the covering Carlow full back and center.10mins later Carlow won yet another ball against the head, moved the ball wide to score their second try which they converted. 10-15

Despite playing well, Kilkenny could not maintain possession and Carlow exploited this weakness through their pacey backs, scoring 2 good unconverted trys, both out wide, in the 60 th and 65 th mins 25-10

Kilkenny’s Shane Brennan scored his second try after breaking from the back of a scrum 35ms out combined with Denis Hogan, Aaron McGrath and Cian O Mahony then getting the ball back to score an unconverted try. Final score 25-15

This was a decent start to the season for Kilkenny, at times they were the better side but they turned the ball over in rucks and especially on their own scrums far too often to give themselves a chance of winning.

Team: Dermot Cadigan, Brian Howe, Darren Bawle, Adam Nolan, Shane Brennan, Emmet Lynch, Ryan Mulcahy, Shane Brennan, Aaron McGrath, Denis Hogan, Lewis B. McGuire, Finbar Hayse, Cian O Mahony, David Mullins, Keith Malone.

Dave Hogan, 18th September 2010