Wesley squeeze win against UCC

Wesley squeeze win against UCC

All Ireland League – Old Wesley 27 UCC 26

Old Wesley played hosts to UCC this weekend in Round 7 of AIL 1B.

Wesley started the brighter of the two sides but saw second row Billy Corrigan carded early for a high tackle on UCC flanker Jacob Sheehan. Wesley were able to soak up the subsequent pressure and get the ball down the other end of the pitch where great interplay between Alex Molloy, Nathan Randles and Reuben Pim saw Old Wesley ask questions of the Cork side’s defence.  UCC looked to play out when Old Welsey centre Eoin Deegan made a huge hit in the midfield for the ball to spill out.  As Wesley piled the pressure on, Tom Larke picked a hole in the UCC defence and dotted down for Wesley’s first of the afternoon. Eoin Monahan converted, 7-0 to Old Wesley.

Wesley looked to turn the screw and from the kick off, Alex Molloy attacked the UCC defence and went on another of his iconic meandering runs, with Wesley on the front foot.  The ball went through the hands of Cronan Gleeson, Josh Pim, Stephen Smyth and Harry Noonan before returning to Molloy who once again split the defence and offloaded to hooker Smyth to score Wesley’s second in 2 minutes.  Eoin Monahan once again converted to put Wesley 14-0 ahead.  UCC replied nearly instantly when they looked to have mauled over from close range, however the referee decided that Josh Pim had collapsed the maul, giving a penalty try and sent him to the bin for 10 minutes.

Once again Old Wesley were in the UCC 22 and won another penalty which Eoin Monahan kicked over the posts to put Wesley 17-7 ahead. Although down a player, Wesley held onto the ball for most of the period and won another penalty in the UCC 22.  Eoin Monahan slotted once again, 20-7.  UCC replied almost instantly with a close range try from loose head Michael Cohan leaving the first half score at 20-12.

The second half saw UCC begin the brighter with Jack O’Sullivan scoring following a tap 5-metre move.  Andrew O’Mahony converted to make it a one score game, 20-19.  Old Wesley’s work was made harder when centre Eoin Deegan was shown red for a dangerous tackle.  The home side, however did not let up, hammering at the UCC defence.  A ball went loose and sub David Motyer picked a line and created a 2 v 1 passing to Alex Molloy who dotted down from close range.  Monahan converted again, and Wesley were back ahead by 8 points.  The visitors then marched once again up the field through penalties and Louis Bruce finished with a great try to make the final score 27-26 to the home side.

Old Wesley will be delighted to be back to winning ways as they set sights on a trip to Cork next week to take on Highfield.

OLD WESLEY: Tom Larke; Nathan Randles, Alex Molloy, Eoin Deegan, Tommy O’Callaghan; Eoin Monahan, Ben Stephens; Harry Noonan, Stephen Smyth, Cronan Gleeson, Reuben Pim (capt), Billy Corrigan, Cathal Kelly, Josh Pim, Will Fay. Replacements: Kieran O’Shea, Rob Loftus, David Motyer, Fergus Jemphrey, Keith Kavanagh, Sam Burns.

Scorers: Tries: Tom Larke, Stephen Smyth, Alex Molloy; Cons: Eoin Monahan 3; Pens: Eoin Monahan 2

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