Ennis Under 15’s v Galwegians
Lees Rd, 11/1/15
Ennis 63 – Galwegians 12
At this level it can be difficult to explain how one team can amass such a comprehensive scoreline result v opposition of relative equal strengths. Both sides had rugby in them, both were physically strong, both had decent set pieces. Also both has to deal with blustery conditions.
However as the Ennis coaches noted in training the group were working hard to incorporate patterns of play into the team and working through phases to create space. This was the major difference, the Ennis teams ability to know what was happening next and to be in position to make something happen. It was a joy to watch and the large crowd got real entertainment.
Ennis scored 9 tries and all nine were converted by the excellent boot of Joe Connaughton. There was real style with most of the scores having come from strong phase building, runners taking strong lines into space and lots of support runners running at various angles. On a number of occasions Ennis were able to give two or three additional passes as they cantered over the line as was the level of support. This was epitomised midway through the second half when the excellent Harry Talty broke through, fended off a would be tackle and gave a ten meter pass to the support runner on his left, who in turn passed back in field, but instead of going for the line scrum half Zack Whelehan passed again to Morgan Garry who in turn passed again to Joe Connaughton to touch down under the posts. The Galwegians defence could not deal with this and were left flat footed and unsure of where and who to tackle.
Playing into the strong wind in the first half the Ennis pack continued to make hard yards, off load and change the point of attack. Carries from the second row partnership of Jack Wall O Reilly and David Sexton gave real momentum to the Ennis backs. The first two scores came from Stephen Sheehan, the second from some distance as he glided through space created by the forwards. The second score after Galwegians had levelled the game. Ennis were unperturbed by this and continued to work through phases. Strong tackles by the impervious Eoin Clancy who is playing suburb rugby at the moment and the dogged Stephen Dolan continued to repel all Galwegians had. However it was the play of Aaron Hennessey at number 8 throughout the game in arguable one of his best games of the season and the methodical Eoghan Wallace and Harry Talty as back row patterns that continued to rule the break down, tackle area and expose any weakness that were there to be exploited. It was a formidable back row performance, Eldon Nolan too at loose head had a massive game with ball carrying and off loading ability. Two further scores before half time one outstanding cut through by electric winger Kevin Considine, 2 by “Connie” in quick succession, led to a half time score of 28-5.
With a rolling substitutes agreed for the game big contributions from Ryan Twomey, Jack Hanrahan, Eoin Martin, Paul Tuohy were very significant. Eddie Jennings looked very hungry and made a number of excellent tackles and one great turnover. Shane Brennan, Sean Healy and Luke O Sullivan also made telling contributions. All players putting in a strong shout for the upcoming Semi Final of the North Munster League v Newcastlewest
The second half continued where the first left off albeit with some positional changes. Continuing to alter the point of attack constantly put runners into space where outstanding support lines unhinged the Galway sides porous defence. With the quick ball that was resulting the Ennis backs controlled affairs, Morgan Garry was outstanding in seeing and taking this space, through running and drawing players or sublime kicks turning the opposition. Ross O Flaherty and Joe Connaughton were teak solid in Midfield and Sean Dolan dangerous on the wing. Further scores in the second half through Joe Connaughton (2), Eldon Nolan, Jack O Reilly and the speedy Garry on the full time whistle completed a very strong performance.
Ennis; Eoin Clancy, Stephen Dolan, Eldon Nolan, Jack Wall O Reilly, David Sexton, Eoghan Wallace, Aaron Hennessey, Harry Talty, Zack Whelehan, Morgan Garry, Ross O Flaherty, Joe Connaughton, Stephen Sheehan, Kevin Considine, Sean Dolan, Paul Tuohy, Luke O Sullivan, Shane Brennan, Eoin Martin, Ryan Twomey, Eddie Jennings, Sean Healy, Jack Hanrahan