- Result: Galwegians Seconds 14 - Corinthians 30
- Venue: Corinthian Park on Fri Sep 7th 2012
- Competition: Connacht J1A League
The home side deservedly beat a strangely subdued Galwegians 2nds team on a misty, muggy night in Corinthian Park on Friday night.
Corinthians blasted out of the blocks with a try and a pen in the first 10 minutes to give them a lead that they would keep for the rest of the game. 10 mins 8-0.
Wegians scrum, which was the only element of the match that worked for the sky blues, brought them back into the game and after a number of scrums on the Corinthians goal line, were give a penalty try. 28 mins 8-7.
A mix up in defense gave Corinthians good field position and the pressure exerted from the resulting plays led to Wegians scrum-half Paddy Finn ending up in the sin-bin. Corinthians took advantage of the extra man and extended their lead to 8 points. 15-7.
Right on half time further pressure from the home side led to their third try of the match right on half time. Half-time Corinthians 20 Wegians 7.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first with the home side dominant. As one sin bin completed for the visitors, another started with prop Paul Griffin taking an unscheduled 10 minute rest for slapping the ball out of oppositions scrum halfs hands close to his own goal line.
After an astonishing 7 minutes of scurmmaging, where replacement Ross Brennan did an sterling job at hooker, Corinthians eventually moved the ball wide and scored in the corner to give them and unassailable 20 point lead. 52 mins 27-7.
Wegians scrum almost got them back into the match on 55 minutes but it was not to be. By the time they scored their second try, through a Paul Griffin belly flop in the centre position, something that appears to be becoming a tradition for the dynamic prop, less then 10 minutes remained to get two scores. 62 mins 27 - 14.
Corinthians did a good job of closing out the final 10 minutes and there was nothing that Galwegians could do to even get a bonus point. The home side finished the game as they started with a score, with the final kick of the game extending their winning margin to 16 points. 30-14.
It will be interesting to see how these young men react to such a comprehensive defeat.