St. Mary’s College R.F.C. 22 - 17 Clontarf R.F.C.
Winters Cup 2nd Round
Templeville Road 10th September 2021
St. Mary’s started off their season and cup campaign with a victory against a strong Clontarf side. Clontarf had beaten Coolmine to get to this round and Mary’s had received a walkover against Seapoint. Conditions were ideal for rugby with a light breeze as St. Mary’s kicked off into the cabbage patch for the first half. Clontarf started the brighter with most of the possession with some big ball carriers in centre but it was St. Mary’s that got the first score. Mary’s were awarded a penalty not far inside the Clontarf half and MJ Lim took a quick penalty to catch Clontarf unawares and passed to Conor Quinn who sprinted in for our first try. Mary’s took control of the game for the next period of the game, maintaining possession and soaking up any Clontarf attacks. The next score again was for Mary’s coming off a lineout with out-half Conor Quinn turning provider to pass to Rob Dunleavy to crash in for a try from a great line. MJ Lim added the conversion to put Mary’s 12-0 up.
There was plenty more action to come in this half with Clontarf getting an opportunistic try on the wing off of a scrum. Mary’s responded to this quickly with some great work in the backline with Conor Quinn putting in Dillon Zaidel for a try with MJ Lim adding the extras to put Mary’s 19-5 and looking in control. However Clontarf weren’t finished and after winning a penalty on the Mary’s 22 they kicked for a lineout which they duly turned into a maul and powered over to make it 19-12 at half time.
There was plenty of drama in the second half with a floodlight failure meaning we had to move over to the roadside pitch with 30 minutes remaining. The remainder of the game was very tense with Clontarf eagerly looking for a score. They again used the maul to their advantage to draw a penalty and yellow card bringing Mary’s down to 14 men and Clontarf got a score to bring it to 19-17. Clontarf’s maul was a real strong point and with the extra man they went for another lineout right on the Mary’s 5 off of a penalty but it was excellently sacked by Max Grace to save our slender lead. After this, Mary’s worked incredibly hard to retain their lead and in fact could’ve gotten another score if not for a few mistakes but were still in control. As they tried to work down the clock they managed to gain a penalty and MJ Lim scored a penalty with the last play to secure a 22-17 win. This was a great team performance with many players having their first game on this team or lads who have come back from several years absence and everyone got stuck in to eke out the victory. The team have progressed now into the Semi Final and will look forward to playing the winners of Terenure and Old Wesley.
Team: Alex Grseta, Aaron Doherty (captain), Caglar Tuc, Chris O’Connor, Colum Dillon, Conor Quinn, David Browne, Dillon Zaidel, Gary Masterson, Gavin Sheridan, James Casey, Jonny Stevenson, Kejan Lim, Matthew Kennedy, Max Cojocari, Max Grace, Meng Jan Lim, Rob Dunleavy, Seamie Thompson, Sean Egan, Tom O’Neill, Tony Flynn