- Result: Galwegians Firsts 10 - Blackrock 48
- Venue: Stradbrook on Sat Mar 7th 2009
- Competition: AIL Division 1
Galwegians’ season is in danger of falling apart at the seams as they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season against a rampant Blackrock College at Stradbrook on Saturday.
Wegians’ came into this game with an incredible record of never having lost away to ‘Rock in the history of the All-Ireland League. But any thoughts of preserving their 100% record were soon diminished as the home side had this game sewn up long before the finish.
Playing with a strong breeze in the opening period, Rock set about building a big lead, and by the half-hour mark they led 12-0 thanks to four penalties from Darragh Fitzpatrick. Wegians would have been fairly satisfied had the scoreline remained like this at half-time, but it was in the final ten minutes of the opening half that the game was effectively decided. Rock’s pressure eventually told in the 31st minute when Stan McDowell crossed for the game’s opening five-pointer, and right on the stroke of half-time Niall Morris got over for a killer second try. Fitzpatrick added the extras to both to put the home side 26-0 to the good at the break.
Despite having the wind at their backs in the second-half, Wegians’ task was an onerous one as they sought to retrieve something from the game. An early Rob O’Beirn penalty gave them a glimmer of hope, but any prospect of a miraculous recovery was soon shattered, as ‘Rock wasted little time in re-asserting their dominance and putting the game beyond the reach of the lacklustre Blues. First-half try-scorers McDowell and Morris each completed a brace of tries in the third quarter to secure a vital bonus point for the home side in their quest for a play-off spot.
Galwegians did manage to score a consolation late try through hooker Alex O’Sullivan, but just to rub salt into the wounds, ‘Rock underlined their supremacy when they crossed for two more tries before the finish, with Dave Rowan and Simon Morrissey getting in on the act to complete a miserable afternoon for the Blues.
Galwegians’ next game is a vital home tie against another south Dublin outfit, fellow strugglers UCD on March 21st.