Gleeson League Section B
Round: Round 5
Team: Waterpark (21)
Opponent: Waterford City (6)
Date/Time: 19-11-2016 14:30Match Report
WATERFORD CITY 6 – 21 WATERPARK
With the 1st. XV on a free weekend the
spotlight was on the Park 2nd XV who maintained their good run in this
competition with a victory over old rivals Waterford City in this local
derby match played in Kilbarry on Saturday last and now stand as joint
leaders on sixteen points in their section with two games in hand.
Park were quick into their stride and enjoyed the bulk of possession in
the early stages and after a few minutes were on the scoreboard through a
penalty by out half Daniel Grandjean
. The same player
again split the posts to make it 0 – 6 five minutes later with another
penalty and on fifteen minutes a great run by number eight, Jack Tully
, from inside his own half up to the City twentytwo, where he offloaded to the supporting Denis Kelly
saw the winger just stopped under the posts but with the wrong option
being taken by Park, City were able to clear their lines.
At this point the home side began to come more into the game and up to
the half hour mark had the lion’s share of possession and territory,
during which their out half Aaron Foskin leveled matters at 6 - 6 with a
drop goal on twenty minutes, followed by a penalty ten minutes later.
Also during this period Park lost centre, Damien O’Dwyer to a Yellow
Card. However the visitor’s were back in front at 6 - 13 after only two
minutes when scrum half, Danny O’Driscoll
,broke through the City defence to cross under the posts for a try which Grandjean
converted. Just on the forty minute mark and the City hooker in the Bin
with another Yellow Card, the outhalf slotted another penalty to leave
the score at the break 6 – 16 to Park.
On fiftyfive minutes the home side had an opportunity to reduce the
deficit but Foskin was wide with a penalty from a kickable position. As
in the first half City again had the upper hand in the possession and
territory stakes for a lengthy period but were unable to put any
meaningful moves together and transfer this superiority into points and
on sixtyfive minutes a sweeping move by Park from halfway brought them
inside the home side’s twentytwo where frantic defence by City saw
Foskin pick up the third Yellow Card of the game for killing the ball.
Park opted for a scrum and with the ball flashed across the backs, scrum
half, John Flynn
, was on hand to dive over for the try
to put fifteen points between the side’s at 6 -21 and finish off any
hope that the home side had of taking anything from this game.