- Result: Galwegians U20 22 - Corinthians 15
- Venue: Corinthian Park on Sun Nov 3rd 2019
- Competition: JP Fanagan U20 League Premier 2
Once again our Under 20s managed to produce another nail biting affair when defeating our City rivals at Corinthian Park last Sunday by 22 points to 15 and scoring three tries to two in the process. With just five minutes on the clock, centre Rob Deacy got the visitors off the mark with a well struck penalty which was cancelled out three minutes later by Ross Doogan for the hosts.
Despite struggling at scrum time and being pinned in our own half for long periods nonetheless we were next to score with right winger Kevin Smith darting over in the corner for a very good try, which was converted by Deacy with a superb kick from the touchline. Conditions began to deteriorate with heavy drizzle and rain making both ball and ground extremely difficult to manage. We held out until halftime with the score standing at 3 pts to 10.
The second half was not long underway when centre Karl Waterman broke free to score to put us twelve point ahead. The conversion attempt was missed. Corinthians came into the match strongly and scored an unconverted try on the left through Conall O'Griofa following excellent work by their strong pack of forwards. With our boys flagging after their trojan efforts in dealing with the Corinthian pack, things looked ominous with more than enough time remaining.
However out of nowhere replacement Daniel Reddan, still with considerable work to do, finished off some glorious rugby and touched down in the right corner and which, for good measure, he converted himself to put his side 22-8 ahead.
Corinthians, to their great credit, continued battling away in an effort to at least secure a losing bonus point and succeeded in so doing in the dying seconds when their pack steamrolled its way over the line, with Patrick Grehan claiming the vital try. Doogan landed the easy conversion from under the posts.
The win puts Galwegians-Oughterard up to third in the table behind St Marys and Trinity who we face in Santry next Sunday.