- Result: Galwegians Thirds 27 - Corinthians 8
- Venue: Corinthian Park on Thu Jan 19th 2012
- Competition: Connacht J2 League
The Third XV’s knocked a large monkey off their back on Thursday night beating Corinthians on their home patch. There were senior member of the panel who have never beaten Corinthians and a few rookies who have never lost a rugby match!!! The mix of youth, hunger and experience proved just the right mix to get the job done.
Both sides exchanged penalties in the midfield in the early stages but the first attempt at goal came from Wegians which was slotted over by Eoin O'Mahony. Corinthians came back with a try in the corner following a lineout but failed to add the extras. Wegians pack worked well together winning a few scrums against the head, with much credit due to Dan, Nick and Dave in the 123 positions who were immense. The home side gave away another penalty within range of the sticks and O'Mahony made them pay leaving the score 6-5 at the break.
Wegians had the wind in the second half and used it to their advantage making maximum distance on their kicks and playing most of the second half in the oppositions half. Under pressure in their 22 the home side gave away another penalty which proved no bother to O'Mahony. The penalty count was mounting for both sides and the referee took action by yellow carding a member from both sides within minutes of each other. The Wegian’s prop (who won’t be named for legal reasons) got pinned for coming off his feet. He claimed innocence but it’s a hard one to argue when your feet are the highest thing in a ruck.
Both teams added 3 more points with the game at 14 a side to take the score to 12-8 to wegians. Liam Grant felt aggrieved to have a try disallowed after robbing a quickly taken Corinthians lineout but the blue supports didn’t have to wait long as a lineout won against the throw by Hugh McFadden was the catalyst in opening Wegians try count. Kieran Kett made up the yards from this line out to touch down. This killed off any fight back by Corinthians and two more tries from Colin Flannery and Craig Reardon put a little more shine to the scoreline.
Men of match: This week two men were selected as top performers; Eoin O'Mahony and Hugh McFadden. Super performances from both who led the backs and forwards to a well earned win in Corinthian Park. A honourable mentions goes to club president Noel leader in leading the team to the clubs anthem in the post match celebrations.
The toilet seat was presented to Craig again this week for butchering a try with a double movement. His first of 2012, surely not his last!