St. Paul’s 10-8 Roscommon Community College

Roscommon Community College suffered an agonisingly close defeat to St. Pauls Oughterard in the Connacht Junior Development Cup on Wednesday March 5. Both teams had not played in almost two months owing to the severe damage inflicted on pitches from incessant rain. Oughterard were out of the traps much quicker with the aid of a strong breeze and scored an unconverted try in the corner after only 8 minutes play. RCC were resolute in defence and had little opportunity to attack when facing the elements. Midway through the half a break by Oughterard led to another try which was also unconverted. The score at half time was 10-0 to Oughterard.

With the aid of the strong breeze, RCC kicked for position and established territory deep in the Oughterard half. Darragh Mullen was wide with an early penalty but soon afterward Danny Arnold crashed over from close range. The conversion was wide and the score was now 10-5. Buoyed up by this and gaining another penalty, Craig Tarmey took advantage to land the kick and make it 10-8. The match was set up for a grandstand finish. RCC were totally dominant and had great contributions by Oisin Campbell, Danny Arnold, Mark Clogher and Michael O’Brien. A penalty was awarded at the death and a chance was offered to win the match. Unfortunately Craig Tarmey could not convert the penalty and the ball sailed wide. A narrow loss for Roscommon Community College but they did get a bonus point to keep their qualification hopes alive in this their debut season. Their final match takes place against HRC Mountbellew.

RCC: Jason Mannion, Craig Tarmey, Aidan Devine, Darragh Mullen, Mark Clogher, Michael O’Brien, Michael Egan, Colm Maye, Oisin Campbell, Adam Finnerty, Mark Tarmey, Derek Doyle, Sam Polak, Danny Arnold, Mark Treacy.

Subs: Shane Donaghue, John Whewall, Shane Doherty, Patrick Kenny

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