U18 Rugby Carndonagh Community School

CCS 27-14 St. Eunan's photo album

CCS U18s XV took on their counterparts from St. Eunan's Letterkenny in pursuit of the Donegal Schools Senior Rugby League Title. After having lost to St. Columb's College of Derry the previous week, the CCS men had a lot of amends to make...and amends were certainly made in an enthralling encounter. The first half was clearly won by the CCS XV who outplayed their opponents both physically and tactically. The pack, led by team captain Finin McLaughlin, proved a very hard pack to stop as shown by surging runs from Aaron Addy, Stephen Kelly and the captain himself. Great rucking from the back-row of Paddy O'Leary, Padraig McCarron and Daniel Marzan ensured slick, clean ball for the back-line to carve up their opposition. Three tries were run in during the first half, leaving a very strong St. Eunan's side bewildered.

The second half was a different affair with St. Eunan's men regrouping and starting to play some intelligent rugby. They gave up trying to take on the might of the CCS pack and decided to unleash their very strong and fast back-line, resulting in two very quick tries to bring them right back into the game. After a prompt and lively recital of "The Riot Act", the CCS men regrouped and closed down further attacks from the St. Eunan's back-line by keeping their defensive line steady and solid. Through continued pressure, St. Eunan's repeatedly turned over their ball due to forced errors; the CCS men were able to clear their lines. Carndonagh finished the game on a high through a series of rucks and mauls which eventually resulted in a penalty. Ultan Doherty put the ball between the uprights to promptly end the match 27-14 in CCS's favour. Man of the match performance goes to scum-half Conor Quigley, whose intelligent play kept St. Eunan's on the back foot. But overall, it was the magnificent team performance and collective tenacity from the CCS Gentlemen that proved the determining factor in this superb victory.