Reporter JUNIOR DROHAN
PARK GO FIVE POINTS CLEAR AT THE TOP
WATERPARK 41 – 10 MALLOW
Despite an indifferent performance (and I use
the word advisedly) by Park against Mallow in this Munster Junior League
Division 2 fixture, which saw them register a comprehensive win, on the
scoreboard anyway, by 41 – 10, they are now the clear leaders with six wins
from six games and have a five point cushion over their nearest challengers
Thurles and Youghal.
There is an old saying in sport that " it’s tough to get to the top, but it’s even tougher to stay there” and I have to say that Park are not making life any easier for themselves with the quality, or lack of it, of their display which was served up in Ballinakill on Sunday last. At certain stages throughout the game they seemed to lose their way with planned moves breaking down due to players being in the wrong positions etc., etc. Thankfully these guys have the skills to extricate themselves from difficult positions when the need arises, and this was shown in no uncertain terms through full back Alex Molloy, (pictured above) who showcased his considerable talents when he crossed for no less than three tries in the opening twentyfive minutes to put his side on the road to victory.
The first of his tries came after only four minutes when he gathered a defensive clearance by Mallow inside his own half to leave several would be tacklers in his wake to cross for the try which out half, John O’Brien, converted . 7- 0 to Park. However within two minutes Mallow were on the scoreboard with a try when their flanker, Brian Henry, broke free from a maul ten metres out to cross unopposed. 7 -5 to Park. On fifteen minutes a tap penalty thirty metres from the Mallow line saw O’Brien break down the narrow side to offload to Molloy who went over in the corner for his second try and push the score to 12 – 5. Within two minutes this had been increased to 17 -5 with another try after O’Brien finished off a good move in the corner and the bonus point was secured on twentyfive minutes when, with Mallow on the attack well inside the Park twentytwo, Molloy latched on to a turnover ball to race the length of the field and dot down under the posts for his third try which O’Brieneasily converted to put nineteen points between the sides and the score at half time read 24 – 5 to the home team.
For the first five minutes into the second period the visitor’s had Park under constant pressure but a relieving kick by scrum half, Vinny Molloy, saw chasing winger, Scott Hornibrook,(pictured above) receive a favourable bounce, which he gathered safely on halfway, and raced away to outstrip the covering defence to secure Park’s fifth try and increase the deficit to 29-5. Three minutes later Park had crossed the whitewash once more for their sixth try after lock, David Latimer, (pictured below) was on hand to shrug aside tackles on his way to the line. 34 – 5 to Park. To their credit Mallow never threw in the towel and on seventyfive minutes they crossed for their second try with a rolling maul from a five metre lineout. Full back James Glynn was unlucky with a great kick from the touchline when he saw his effort come back off the posts and leave the score at 34 -10. Park had the final say with the last play of the game after they had secured a turnover ball inside their own twentytwo a kick ahead by O’Brien, was further added to by winger Mark Molloy for Ivan Kiersey to win the race for the touchdown and put the final nail in the Co.Cork’s side coffin. Alex Molloy added the extras and the home side victorious at 41 – 10.