- Result: Galwegians Firsts 5 - Garryowen 54
- Venue: Dooradoyle on Sat Apr 18th 2009
- Competition: AIL Division 1
Galwegians’ season ended in rather ignominious fashion as they were hammered by a rampant Garryowen at Dooradoyle yesterday who ran in eight tries to book their play-off semi-final place.
With their season long since safe and out of contention for a spot in next season’s elite top 8 league, Wegians had nothing to play for but pride. And at times their first-half performance had much to be proud of as they threatened to upstage the hosts’ celebration party, but in the second-half it was anything but as they simply folded and mounted no opposition whatsoever.
Garryowen made a dream start when centre Conan Doyle darted over for the game's opening try inside five minutes, which was converted by ex-UCG & Buccs star Conor Kilroy. But minutes later the Blues stunned the home crowd into silence when, not for the first time this season, winger John Cleary scored another superb individual try from near halfway.
Wegians continued to threaten, running the ball at every opportunity, and should have added to their try tally on at least two occasions. But Garryowen eased their nerves when Doyle added a second well-taken try on 25 minutes. And they certainly finished the stronger in the opening half, ensuring they secured their all-important bonus point before the break, with wingers Lorcan Bourke and Ronan O'Mahoney both crossing the whitewash to put them 26-5 in front.
The second-half turned out to be a massive disappointment for Wegians as they capitulated, mounting little opposition to the hosts who ran in four more tries, all from their backs. Winger Bourke completed his hat-trick, while Doyle & O’Mahoney completed a brace each, and Munster squad member Kieran Lewis also getting in on the act late on to complete the romp. Kilroy landed seven conversions in all to complete the scoring haul.
It was a disappointing end to the season for Wegians as their biggest defeat of the season took some of sheen off what was a good season overall which saw them finish in a very respectable ninth position.