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Firsts 14 – Old Belvedere 12


Match Result

  • Result: Galwegians Firsts 14 - Old Belvedere 12
  • Venue: Crowley Park on Sat Oct 25th 2008
  • Competition: AIL Division 1

Match Report

Galwegians won an enthralling contest when they edged out their Dublin visitors in this Division 1 game played in atrocious wet & windy conditions at Crowley Park. The hosts had the advantage of a gale force wind in the first–half, and they raced into a 7-0 lead in the fourth minute when lock forward Dave Nolan finished off a line-out maul for the opening try, with full-back Rob O’Beirne landing an excellent conversion. But despite their territorial supremacy ‘Wegians could not add to their first-half tally, as some resolute Beldevere defence kept them at bay.

The visitors were quick to take advantage of the elements after the re-start, and within ten minutes they found themselves in the lead. A 47th minute try by winger Dave Mongan was soon followed by a Leo Auva’a touchdown under the posts, with the latter converted by sub Eamonn Fitzgerald to leave them 12-7 in front.

The winning score came on the hour when some smart Galwegians play and a succession of penalties saw them work their way up to the visitors line, and when a powerful 5-metre scrum was dragged down, referee Colin Stanley awarded a penalty-try, with O’Beirne landing the crucial conversion to regain the lead. The visitors came close to snatching it late on, but Fitzgerald was off-target with a late penalty from the 10 metre line, and some heroic Galwegians last-gasp defence saw them defend their line & hold out to claim the four points.

This win beings Wegians up to fifth place, which leaves them nicely poised as the League now takes a mini-break for five weeks. The action then resumes on November 29th, when Wegians travel to Temple Hill to take on the defending champs Cork Con.


Galwegians: R O'Beirne; J Cleary, C Brigl, C Rodgers, B Murphy; M Brandon, K Campbell, L Casserly, I Muldoon (capt.) (Nick McCarthy, 70), L Scahill, B McClearn, D Nolan, J Stephens (B McGovern, 65), C Muldoon, B McGovern (B Wilkinson, 40). Old Belvedere: Felix Jones; Dave Mongan, Marcus McAllister (Eamonn Fitzgerald, 40), Eoin O’Malley, Kevin Barden, Kieran Hurrell, Ruairi Cushion, Leo Auva’a, Jason Risdon, Richie Leyden (Capt.) (Simon Breen, 40), Paul Spivey, David White, Jamie Hagan (Marcin Wilczuk, 20), Paddy Hogan, Dan Wyeth.

Match Notes

Galwegians Scorers: Tries: Dave Nolan, Penalty try; Conversions: Robert O'Beirn (2). Referee: Colin Stanley (Ulster)

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