C.B.S Roscommon vs The Marist College Athlone
Final Score: C.B.S. Roscommon 20-15 The Marist College Athlone
The C.B.S. team travelled to Athlone last week to face the recent Connacht league finalists the Marist, and managed to secure a resounding victory in the first round of the Senior rugby cup final.
The C.B.S. started the first 5 minutes off poorly with missed kicks for touch and unforced errors, handing the Marist a 3-point lead. Having gotten their heads straight the C.B.S. mounted a charge towards the Marist try line for the rest of the half with the likes of John Martin, Ryan O’Keeffe and John McDonnell putting in bone wrenching tackles which earned the C.B.S a penalty which was calmly slotted over by Mark Purcell. With 7 minutes remaining the C.B.S were rewarded when strong carrying by Jack Keegan and a superb line-break from Colin Walsh gave Aodha Hession the space he needed to pick and go from a ruck to score just right of the Marist posts, Mark Purcell adding the extra 2 points.
As the second half begun the Marist came out with intent and were awarded a penalty. Not to be deterred, the C.B.S. never let their heads drop and a strong kick chase by Jack Tucker forced a Marist player to knock-on the ball from the kick-off, which gave the C.B.S. good momentum going forward. In the Marist 22, the C.B.S held onto the ball for numerous phases thanks to the excellent rucking of Lorcan Maher and Conor Rohan and powered over the gain-line every time until Tom Farrell found himself over the Marist try line, Mark Purcell again adding the extras.
The Marist, showing a never give-up attitude came straight back at the C.B.S. and if not for try saving ankle taps by both Michael Dunne and Tim Lambe, the game would have swung in Marist’s favour.
With the game in the balance, the C.B.S required heroic defending, up stepped Roddie McGuinness and Cian Glennon who put in constant tackles to keep the Marist at bay. With both teams drained physically, the C.B.S. called upon substitutes Aaron Lyons and Amaury Duarte to carry on the excellent work put in by Jack Keegan and Ryan O’Keeffe and they did not fail to deliver. After 10 minutes of strenuous defending the C.B.S. were awarded a penalty in the corner about 35 metres away from the Marist posts, with his most difficult kick of the game, Mark Purcell once again slotted over to bring the game to 20-15.
As the final whistle went, the C.B.S. players were ecstatic to say the least, a brave and courageous performance by all. Many thanks to head coach Mr. Eimhin Griffith. (article by Jack Tucker)
Starting XV: 1. Tom Farrell 2. Roddie McGuinness 3. Jack Tucker 4. Conor Rohan 5. Lorcan Maher 6. John McDonnell 7. John Martin 8. Jack Keegan 9. Aodha Hession 10. Tim Lambe 11. Ryan O’Keeffe 12. Mark Purcell 13. Cian Glennon 14. Colin Walsh 15. Michael Dunne
Substitutes: 16. Eric O’Doherty 17. Ronan Lambe 18. Conor McNulty Cleary 19. Amaury Duarte 20. Anthony Stewart 21. Aaron Lyons. 22 Kaylem Holian