WATERPARK RUGBY ……………Reporter : Junior Drohan MATCH PHOTOS - Alex Tully
MUNSTER JUNIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 2
AWAY BONUS POINT KEEPS PARK IN TOP TWO OF LEAGUE
ST. MARY’S 3 – 32 WATERPARK
An absolutely wonderful display of both attacking and defending rugby saw Waterpark emerge with a hard earned win over Limerick side, St. Mary’s, in Limerick on Sunday last by 32 – 3, which also included a winning bonus point, to keep them in second place in the League. This was always going to be a hard task as both these sides had been relegated last season from Division One and so it proved to be with the visitors having to defend for long periods especially during the second half when the home side saw the points slipping away and laid siege to the Park line. But try as they did they were unable to breach a stubborn defence for that vital try and the only reward they had throughout the game was a penalty in the first five minutes which put them 3-0 ahead.
On the other hand Park played a structured game and took their opportunities when they fell their way with James Kiersey slotting a well struck penalty to level the scores at 3-3 in the tenth minute. Out half, John O’Brien, made it 3-6 with another penalty for Park after 20 minutes and the home side were sent reeling just on the half time whistle when Ivan Kiersey crossed for a lovely try on forty minutes which was followed four minutes into injury time by another try, this time from David O’Donoghue, which James Kiersey converted to leave the score at the break 3-18 in favour of Park. As if that wasn’t enough of a shock, immediately from the restart Mary’s received another body blow, when after claiming the kick off, Park surged upfield with a series of forward drives for prop, Rory Hannon, to touch down for Parks third try of the game which O’Brien again converted to push the deficit to 3-25. Mary’s upped the ante and had the visitor’s under severe pressure but as already stated they were unable to break through and it was Park who had the final say when after weathering everything that was thrown at them they managed to work their way up field for Connor Molloy to cross under the posts for the fourth try which also secured the winning bonus point. O’Brien easily added the extras to leave the final score at an impressive 3-32 to Park.
There are very few sides that will go to Grove Island this season and come away with a victory, never mind a bonus point victory, so well done to all concerned. Always remember you guys have an abundance of talent and you are capable of beating any team and it’s up to you to go out there and show our supporters just how good you really are. You are going to have a few blips on the way, as against Thurles, but today you showed that you have the character to rise above that display and you are firmly back on track.
As Park were due to return to Limerick next weekend to meet the same opposition in the First Round of the Junior Club’s Challenge Shield, this game was played as a double – header with the final result to stand for both League and Shield. Consequently Park now advance to the Quarter Finals of the Shield where they will meet the winners of Youghal v Presentation at a later date.