Waterpark Rugby Football Club

Founded 1925

Match Report

Munster Junior League Division 2
Round: Round 8
Team: Waterpark (20)
Opponent: Youghal (13)
Venue: Waterpark
Date/Time: 15-01-2017 14:30

Match Report

Waterpark, by virtue of this victory in a tough uncompromising game against second placed team Youghal, played in Ballinakill on Sunday last, have put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack in Division 2 of the Munster Junior League. They are now six points clear and remain unbeaten with eight wins from eight and with five games remaining, three of which are at home, their destiny is firmly in their own hands whether they win this League and get promoted or not.

Despite the fact that they were short some key players out through injury, Park to a man stepped up to the plate and were it not for some questionable decision making and a few handling errors, this game could have been over by half time as during the first period they should have crossed the Youghal line on about three occasions which would have yielded twentyone points. As it was it was the visitor’s who took the lead after five minutes at 0-3 with a penalty by their outhalf, Keith McCarthy. Park full back, Alex Molloy, leveled matters at 3-3 with another penalty on twenty minutes and ten minutes later Park went ahead with a brilliant back movement which saw the ball go through the hands from right to left into the arms of winger, Ivan Kiersey (pictured above) who dived over for his sides first try and push the score out to 8-3 and despite all their pressure for the next ten minutes, the home side were unable to build on this up to the break.

The second period started with a bang and within ten minutes Youghal had two players in the Sin Bin and Park made them pay dearly as on fiftytwo minutes from a lineout inside their own half a lovely skip pass to Molloy saw the fullback outstrip the visitor’s defence and stroll over under the posts for Parks second try, which he converted himself, to increase the margin to 15-3. This setback seemed to galvanize the Cork side and with their full compliment of players back on the field, for the next twenty minutes they had Park pinned inside their own half and applied constant pressure with several scrums close to the Park line. During this period Park also saw Yellow and had a player in the Bin. However this "never say die attitude” that persists within this Park side again came to the fore and somehow they kept the much bigger Youghal pack at bay and on seventyfive minutes they managed to break from defence and with backs and forwards finding hidden energy, they went the full length of the pitch for Rory Hannon (picture below) to dive over in the corner after a series of pick and drives close to the Youghal line and with time running out put his side ahead by 20-3. Normally at this stage of a game the vanquished would raise the white flag, but to Youghal’s credit they still managed to raise a gallop and in the final seven minutes of added time they crossed the Park line for a brace of tries through winger Aiden Malone and centre, Damien Keily to leave the final score at 20-13 in favour of Park and in doing so bagged a very precious losing bonus point which could prove invaluable at the end of this League.

Photos Colin Jephson and Alex Tully- thanks lads.