Old Wesley 37 – 7 win well over Naas

Old Wesley 37 – 7 win well over Naas

Old Wesley opened their new All Ireland League Division 1B season on Saturday in Energia Park, Donnybrook with an emphatic and impressive victory over old rivals, Naas, on a scoreline of 37-7, scoring 5 tries in the process.

With Naas having thwarted Wesley Division 1A ambitions last season, this was a great opportunity to get the new campaign off to a very positive start. Wesley were quick out of the traps and, within 1 minute, had scored a wonderful try in the corner by winger, David Poff, after a sweeping movement. Ian Cassidy, whose placekicking was excellent throughout , added the points with a great kick from the corner- 7-0 to Wesley.

Wesley continued on top, with debutant Josh O’Hare making an immediate impact , with some excellent line-out takes. However, some incisive attacking play (with Tommy O’Callaghan and Alex Molloy coming in as “ first receiver”) failed to breach the solid Naas defence.  The concession of a few penalties by Wesley gave Naas a foothold in the contest and, after Craig Ronaldson was wide with a penalty attempt on 14 minutes, the impressive no 8 Ryan Casey, stormed over for a try after a strong scrum. Ronaldson added the points to level the match at 7-7 after 18 minutes.

On 26 minutes , Wesley regained the lead with an excellent try – a neat break and inside pass by new scrum half, Keith Kavanagh, found Alex Molloy, who accelerated through the gap and left the final Naas defender for dead with a sublime sidestep to ground beside the posts, with Cassidy adding the points – Wesley 14-7. Wesley added to their tally before half time, after Naas received a slightly harsh yellow card, captain Iain McGann won a great line out and after a brilliant rollling maul, impressive hooker, Howard Noonan, who had a fine game, was on hand to ground for a try, with Cassidy again adding the points – Half time score Wesley 21-7.

The third quarter was closely contested, with the Wesley scrum performing very well — Cassidy missed a long range penalty and combative second row, Will Fay, went off injured after 54 minutes. Tommy O’ Callaghan, who was industrious throughout, had a great steal and turnover on 56 minutes and, soon after, Wesley ran a quick penalty and Reuben Pim crashed over in the corner for the bonus point try – Cassidy missed the conversion to leave the scoreline 26-7 to Wesley.

Wesley were now rampant and the pack dominated possession and finished the match much the stronger – Cassidy kept the scoreboard ticking over with 2 further penalties and the match closed with a 5th try by O’Callaghan after a break by Molloy. With the conversion missed, referee Keane Davison blew the final whistle – Full time score Old Wesley 37 Naas 7.

This is a very encouraging start to a long campaign and next up is a tricky- looking assignment away to Buccaneers next Saturday 8th October.

SCORERS:

OLD WESLEY – Tries (5) David Poff, Alex Molloy, Howard Noonan, Reuben Pim, Tommy O’Callaghan Conversions (3) Ian Cassidy Penalties (2) – Ian Cassidy.

OLD WESLEY TEAM: Alex Molloy, Tommy O’Callaghan, Eoin Deegan , James O’Donovan, David Poff, Ian Cassidy, Keith Kavanagh , Harry Noonan, Howard Noonan, Sam Kenny, Will Fay, Iain McGann ( c) , Sam Pim, Josh O’Hare, Reuben Pim Replacements – Finn Tierney, Michael Kearney, Brian Short, Dom McClean, Josh Miller, Ben Daly.

Summary of the game in 5 minutes here:

Images here courtesy of Deryck Vincent: https://www.flickr.com/photos/picturesofsport/albums/72177720302535955/with/52396656352/

 

 

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