Motyer Brace Makes it 6 from 6 for Old Wesley

All Ireland League – Old Wesley 21 Garryowen 10 – 2nd March 2024

Old Wesley recovered from an early Garryowen try with three unanswered tries to boost their chances of reaching the promotion play offs.  Second row David Motyer was at hand for two tries in a first half flurry as Old Wesley beat Limerick side Garryowen 21-10.  Old Wesley were forced into changes this week due to injuries to Eoin Monahan, Billy Corrigan, and Tom Larke meaning Ben Stephens, David Motyer and Eoin Murphy earned starting places.

The Donnybrook side wanted to make it 6 from 6 in 2024, but looked shaky as Garryowen’s Dylan Hicks made it 0-3 after 3 minutes due to ill discipline at the breakdown.  The Limerick side didn’t waste time making their way up the field again when Neil Cronin picked blind from a scrum and offloaded to Colm Quilligan who was brought down by Nathan Randles. However space out left opened up for the away side and an offload landed into captain Bryan Fitzgerald’s hands to score for Garryowen. Hicks put it over the posts once again and Old Wesley found themselves 0-10 down after as many minutes.

Wesley looked to responded following a now standard Alex Molloy line break, then hard carries from Will Fay and Cronin Gleeson allowed David Motyer to eventually crash over for the home-side. Ian Cassidy’s conversion made the score 7-10.

From the restart Old Wesley didn’t wait around and a half break from Fergus Jemphrey led to an offload to Howard Noonan who rumbled into the Garryowen 22.  Two phases later saw Molloy pass to Nathan Randles to score Wesley’s 2nd and give  them the lead. Cassidy with the extras made it 14-10.

A yellow card to Neil Cronin meant Old Wesley had a man advantage for the 10 minutes before halftime and Howard Noonan’s blindside pick from a maul put Garryowen completely on the back foot.  Ian Cassidy was able to pick David Motyer out running a hardline and the big second row ran in his secon

The score would remain the same for the second half as both teams refused to allow a concession of points.

A 21-10 win for the Donnybrook side puts Old Wesley in a great position going into the last block of fixtures in the hunt for play offs and promotion into 1A. Following the 6 Nations, they will visit Forenaughts to play old rivals Naas in what is due to be another classic tussle between the 2 sides.

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Scorers: Tries: David Motyer 2, Nathan Randles; Cons: Ian Cassidy 3

Team: Nathan Randles; Eoin Murphy, Alex Molloy, Eoin Deegan, Fergus Jemphrey; Ian Cassidy, Ben Stephens; Harry Noonan, Howard Noonan, Cronan Gleeson, David Motyer, Reuben Pim (capt), Cathal Kelly, Josh Pim, Will Fay.  Replacements: Stephen Smyth, Sam Kenny, Shane Cawley, Liam O’Neill, Keith Kavanagh, Bill Corrigan. 

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