IMG 8051Galwegians U17’s are into the All Ireland final which takes place at 13.00 in Naas RFC vs Skerries RFC on Saturday April 5th.

All Ireland U17 Semi Final

Galwegians 20-18 Waterpark

Galwegians Under 17s defeated Waterpark by 20 points to 18 in an absorbing contest played in difficult conditions in Annacotty, Limerick on Saturday last. Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze in the first half Wegians started nervously and struggled to assert their game. A breakthrough came after 10 minutes of play when a good passage of possession and interplay between backs and forwards brought play deep into the Waterpark 22. Swift hands put Fiachra Griffin over on the right for a try which was converted by Morgan Codyre. From the kick off Wegians moved the ball to left wing Cian Healy and a blistering run skinned his opposite number and other trailing defenders. A neat offload put the supporting Ryan Hunt over under the bar. An easy conversion by Codyre made it 14-0. Waterpark responded with some pressure which yielded a penalty which was converted by their outhalf to make the score 14-3. Disaster struck minutes later for Wegians when clumsy defending allowed Waterpark a gift try which went unconverted.

The score at halftime was Wegians 14 Waterpark 3. The second half kicked off and the capable Waterpark side now had the elements and momentum and narrowed the gap to three when a silly handling infringement allowed an easy penalty to Waterpark. 14-11 and game was now definitely on. Wegians needed to raise their game and the pack responded. A series of pick and drives forced Waterpark offside under their own posts and Codyre easily slotted it for a 17-11 advantage. Despite some scrummaging pressure from the heavier Waterpark eight, Wegians again kept the ball and Waterpark went offside. This crucial kick was 25 metres out and into the breeze. Codyre showed his mettle by nailing it and now Wegians were 9 ahead with 10 to play. Waterpark threw everything at Wegians and pinned them in defence. Wegians refused to crack and their tackles were made. Turnovers were forced at both scrum and lineout time and the siege was lifted through clearance kicks by Paul Butler, now at outhalf. In the last play Waterpark eventually put it together and got over out wide despite heroic defence by every Wegians player. The final whistle blew to signal huge celebrations in the Galwegians camp. After a titanic battle, Wegians had prevailed and now hope to emulate the class of 2011 and bring the all-Ireland back to Crowley Park when they take on Skerries on Saturday April 5 in Naas.

Galwegians: Micheal Prendergast, Fiachra Griffin, Ryan Hunt, Paul Butler, Cian Healy, Morgan Codyre, Rory Gaffney, Edward Martin, Malcolm Hanley, Karl Burke, Shane Casserly, Feargal Dooley, Darrog Smith, Cian Hornibrook, James Brogan.

Subs: Josh Hays for Darrog Smith, William Finnerty for Micheal Prendergast, Jonah Culligan for Cian Healy, Adam Hession for Ryan Hunt, Mark Lambert for Shane Casserly, Dumitru Iapti for Karl Burke, Abdul-Haq Abayoni for Edward Martin.    

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