Dec 082014
 
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2014 / 2015 Senior Fixtures List for the Ulster Bank League Division 2B (AIL)

 

 

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE 2014/2015 DIVISION 2B
Saturday 20th September Richmond v Midleton
Saturday 27th September Midleton v Sligo
Saturday 4th October Navan v Midleton
Saturday 1st November Midleton v Old Crescent
Saturday 8th November Greystones v Midleton
Saturday 15th November Midleton v Boyne
Saturday 6th December City of Armagh v Midleton
Saturday 20th December Midleton v Kanturk
Saturday 24th January Ards v Midleton
Friday 30th January Midleton v Highfield
Saturday 21st February Bruff v Midleton
Saturday 28th February Midleton v Tullamore
Friday 6th March Sunday’s Well v Midleton
Saturday 28th March Midleton v D.L.S.P.
Saturday 11th April Wanderers v Midleton
Saturday 25th April Play Off

 

Dec 082014
 
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Armagh 21 Midleton 17

A tough and physical game in Armagh that went all the way to the final whistle and will be one that we feel we should have won.  Armagh started well and with an early penalty in the opening play put 3 points on the board.  Armagh attack again, another penalty this time wide of the posts but with about 13 minutes played their third attempt is good and Midleton are 6 adrift.

It seems to be going all Armaghs way when we pick up a yellow and its Midleton down to 14 men.  Yet another shot on goal for the home side and with about 23 minutes played its 9 nill and time for Midleton to push on.  This we do and a few minutes later we are right back in it with a try for Alan Long and the conversion from Paul Daly to see the score stand at Armagh 9 Midleton 7.

Midleton attack again, and with a line out inside the 22 its a maul and a push for the Armagh line.  Its goes down, and with our line going forward the Armagh 13 intercepts and runs the length of the pitch passing to another Armagh back for their 1st try under the posts – Armagh 16 Midleton 7 at the break.

From the restart Midleton attack hard and this time its our turn for the penalty opportunity and the score is 16 10.  We get an opportunity from the re-start for another shot but this time its well back and the effort is short.  Midleton are piling on the pressure up front and soon its Armaghs turn in the bin for infringing on the scrum.

Midleton scrum again under the posts and with a pig push are over for a try going to the Captain at the back, with the conversion its Armagh 16 Midleton 17 and things are looking good.

Armagh find their feet again and with some great passing play are over in the corner for a try and a 4 point lead – Armagh 21 Midleton 17.  Midleton attack again and seek to use our advantage in scrum in the dying minutes to push over for what would be the winning score.  Scrum is reset more than once and bodies are tired.  Midleton seem to be going forward but the ref calls to use the ball, the attack is defended well and Armagh eventually win the penalty and its all over.

Tired and sore bodies and minds, one we all feel was there for the taking but it was not to be.  Well done again to the team, a hard fight on our first trip to Armagh and one that now sees us focusing squarely on the Kanturk game on the 20th for a positive result.

Nov 162014
 
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Midleton 27 Boyne 0

 Looking to bounce back from a loss the previous week Midleton were determined to come good when hosting a travelling Boyne side that are struggling this season.

 

 

DSC09902-400Boyne get play underway and mount an intense attack pushing Midleton back to their 22. Their game is expansive as they look to spread the ball wide and poke holes in the Midleton defence – an early penalty for Midleton relieves the pressure but only for a moment as we fail to find touch and Boyne are attacking again. After 10 minutes of sustained pressure Boyne are still looking for an opportunity when Midleton start to gain the momentum and push Boyne back.

Some great pressure and soon its Midleton’s turn to threaten the Boyne defence, are on 20 minutes are soon rewarded with an easy points opportunity through a penalty that sees the first score of the day and 3 points to Midleton. Its not long before its 6 points and Midleton settle into their stride.

Pressure on again and its penalty opportunity for Midleton that Daly puts in the corner for a lineout and aDSC09866-400 drive for the line to give a push-over try to Dave Smyth. Daly converts and it Midleton 13 Boyne 0 at the break.

Second half and its not relenting on the pressure from Midleton and its an early try; this time Rob Smyth getting the honours, another conversion for Paul and its Midleton 20 Boyne 0. The next 20 minutes sees a more pressure from Midleton but the Boyne defence is holding well until a quickly taken penalty sees Yorkie breaks through for Midleton’s 3rd try. Boyne put pressure on again for some consolation points and at one stage look to be in for a try but for the quick thinking and boot of Diarmuid O’Sullivan to kick the ball clear before the Boyne back can ground it. Midleton then chase the bonus point and come close on a few occasions but it was not to be.

DSC09942-400[1]At fulltime its Midleton 27 Boyne 0. Its now 4 from 6 and Midleton lie 5th in the table. This is a team with one objective – challenge for the division. Every man deserves praise yet again – strength of character and a determination to win that sees us well placed to travel North to face Armagh in what will be a tough battle at the North men also look to chase honours this season.

Nov 022014
 
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Midleton 24 – Old Crescent 0

It was a very wet and windy day at Towns Park for the resumption of the 2014/15 UBL. Midleton get the show underway playing into the wind. Old Crescent attack making use of the wind to get the ball down to the Midleton line but very strong defensive play with good discipline means that their attempts to get an early score are thwarted. Eventually Midleton are forced into a mistake and it’s a chance for 3 points for the visitors. The attempt is off the up-right and gathered by Midleton, Old Crescent turn over but then knock on and it’s a scrum to Midleton in front of their own posts and a chance to clear the lines.

SONY DSCOld Crescent seems to be camping in the Midleton half aided by a prevailing wind but with no return for their efforts. The Midleton defence holds well, and eventually Midleton turn it around and are pressing into the Crescent half. Good dogged attacking play sees Midleton moving closer to the try line, and with an Old Crescent knock on it’s a scrum under the posts. Midleton get the better push on and its down to the Rob Smyth to touch down for the 1st try of the game. Paul Daly converts and it’s Midleton 7 Old Crescent 0 after about 25 minutes.

The conditions tell all really and that’s the only score of the first half. Into the second half and Midleton come out attacking. After about 10 minutes it’s a penalty chance that Daly puts over to stretch the lead to 10 points.

Old Crescent come back putting on the pressure, but Midleton stand strong and eventually are threatening the Old Crescent line again. It’s a line out to SONY DSCMidleton just outside, caught well and mauled over for the second try of the day. Again the boot of Daly is true and the score is now 17 to Midleton.

It’s a battle in the middle from the restart until again the home side put on the pressure. The final score of the day is the result of a nice run from Louis Farnham on the wing to see the score at 22, with Daly getting 4 from 4 to make it 24 to 0 for Midleton at the fulltime whistle.

A dogged display by the men from Midleton that sees them move to 5th in the table after 3 wins from 4 outings. A great start to the season and a platform to build on, the team, 1 to 20 all had a contribution to make and did their Jersey and themselves proud. Our next game is away to Greystones then its home in 2 weeks to Boyne. Make sure you are in Towns Park on the 15th November to shout on this great bunch of lads.SONY DSC

Nov 022014
 
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Midleton 24 – Old Crescent 0

It was a very wet and windy day at Towns Park for the resumption of the 2014/15 UBL. Midleton get the show underway playing into the wind. Old Crescent attack making use of the wind to get the ball down to the Midleton line but very strong defensive play with good discipline means that their attempts to get an early score are thwarted. Eventually Midleton are forced into a mistake and it’s a chance for 3 points for the visitors. The attempt is off the up-right and gathered by Midleton, Old Crescent turn over but then knock on and it’s a scrum to Midleton in front of their own posts and a chance to clear the lines.

Old Crescent seems to be camping in the Midleton half aided by a prevailing wind but with no return for their efforts. The Midleton defence holds well, and eventually Midleton turn it around and are pressing into the Crescent half. Good dogged attacking play sees Midleton moving closer to the try line, and with an Old Crescent knock on it’s a scrum under the posts. Midleton get the better push on and its down to the Rob Smyth to touch down for the 1st try of the game. Paul Daly converts and it’s Midleton 7 Old Crescent 0 after about 25 minutes.

The conditions tell all really and that’s the only score of the first half. Into the second half and Midleton come out attacking. After about 10 minutes it’s a penalty chance that Daly puts over to stretch the lead to 10 points.

Old Crescent come back putting on the pressure, but Midleton stand strong and eventually are threatening the Old Crescent line again. It’s a line out to Midleton just outside, caught well and mauled over for the second try of the day. Again the boot of Daly is true and the score is now 17 to Midleton.

It’s a battle in the middle from the restart until again the home side put on the pressure. The final score of the day is the result of a nice run from Louis Farnham on the wing to see the score at 22, with Daly getting 4 from 4 to make it 24 to 0 for Midleton at the fulltime whistle.

A dogged display by the men from Midleton that sees them move to 5th in the table after 3 wins from 4 outings. A great start to the season and a platform to build on, the team, 1 to 20 all had a contribution to make and did their Jersey and themselves proud. Our next game is away to Greystones then its home in 2 weeks to Boyne. Make sure you are in Towns Park on the 15th November to shout on this great bunch of lads.