Sep 212014
 
Midleton v Sligo

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

 

Sep 212014
 
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Richmond 28 Midleton 32

 It was a lovely day for a game of rugby in Limerick as Midleton make there way to Richmond RFC for the opening game in the UBL for 2014/15. A much changed side for Midleton up against Richmond in their back yard.

Richmond got play underway and not long into it they were gifted a scoring opportunity for a Midleton infringement that was easily put over to see Richmond in front by 3 points. Midleton however upped the intensity and from the restart piled on the pressure to be rewarded with a penalty of their own to see the scores tied at 3 all after about 5 minutes played.

Midleton kept on the pressure and were dominant in the scrum – it wasn’t long before that dominance paid off with a push-over try that out-half Daly converted to see Midleton ahead by 7. Richmond came on with the counter attack and with sustained pressure gained another penalty opportunity that theySONY DSC converted into points.

Midleton continued to dominate play though and attack into the Richmond half, some fast work off the back of a lineout and a lovely dummy from Rob Smyth sees the scrum half dodge through a gap in the Richmond defence and its try number two for Midleton to see them edge further ahead with the conversion from the boot of Jade Cruickshank.

After about 30 minutes of play and it was Richmonds turn with a penalty opportunity that they decide to kick over the Midleton defensive line and touch down for their first try of the afternoon. They quickly followed up with another try and the home team can claim the last period of the first half.

With the second half underway its pressure from both sides however first blood going to Midleton with a Penalty that Daly puts over. Richmond up their game through and are soon rewarded with their third try. With about 20 minutes to go the visitors, dominant in the beginning, now see themselves trailing by 8 points. However a dogged determination is evident and with every opportunity Midleton take it to Richmond. The reward soon comes and Jayde is in for a try in the corner. The conversion is wide and the gap is now down to 3.

SONY DSCAgain Midleton pile on the pressure and are back in the Richmond 22. It’s a scrum to Midleton who are confident and can see a chance at victory. Repeated infringements from Richmond so close to the line and the referee awards a penalty try. This is the last score of the game, with the conversion its Richmond 28 – Midleton 32.

A new team with a new determination, and with sights now set on our first home game of the season they will be looking to build on this hard fought success. Well done to the boys for a great start to the season. Our next game is on the 27th at home to Sligo RFC so all are welcome to come out and support Midleton’s Rugby Team!!!

May 132014
 
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We are delighted to announce the signing of Christy Condon to Midleton RFC.  Fergus Burke, head coach, on welcoming Christy back to Midleton said “Christy will brings a depth of experience and knowledge to the first team setup that will be immensely beneficial next season, I am delighted that Christy is coming on board and I am looking forward to working with him”.  David Ryan, Director of Rugby, commented “Christy is a great addition to any side, I am very happy that we will have him in our line up next season.  He has a lot to offer and we will be making good use of his skills and abilities”

Christy is no stranger to Townspark, he started his playing career with Midleton as a mini at under 9 and played with the club up to U20 before moving to Waterpark for 2 years.  He then emigrated to Australia and New Zealand before returning to Cork and signing for Dolphin.  Christy was contracted to Munster for 2 seasons and was capped in La Rochelle.  He holds 6 club international caps and last season Captained Dolphin RFC.

Apr 132014
 

Midleton 10 Armagh 12

waiting-for-impactFor the last game of the season Midleton hosted City of Armagh at Townspark for the first time.  Midleton get play underway and attack hard but give an early penalty.  Armagh kick for the line but lose the line out giving Midleton a platform to attack again.  After about 15 minutes and it’s a maul over the line for a try for Midleton, Mike Sinclair getting the honours.  The next phase of play sees a lot of possession for Midleton but we are unable to convert it into scores.  Then with about 35 minutes played its another push to the line and its another forwards try for Midleton; this time Jim Mackessy getting the try.  Midleton 10 Armagh 0.  Just before half time Armagh have an opportunity and move the ball wide to their backs for a wingers try.   Midleton 10 Armagh 5.

The second half is a timid affair with neither side making much of their possession and it looks like the game will not see any more scores.  However with about 5 minutes to go Midleton put themselves under pressure giving away a succession of penalties that sees Armagh threatening the Midleton line.  It’s a scrum to Armagh on the Midleton 5 meter line in extra time.  Over 15 minutes pass with resets, yellow cards and tired bodies.  Armagh eventually get the ball to their backs, spread it wide and get a try.  With the conversion the game ends.7I7W1051

Last game of the season and certainly one the Midleton men would feel we should have won.   The team have had a roller-coaster season with highs and lows.  A big thank you to this team for their efforts this season.  We now have a platform to build on and to look forward to the next season when we will once again line out with pride for Midleton. (photos courtesy of Denis O’Flynn)

 

 

 

 

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Mar 232014
 

Thomond 36 Midleton 10

A blustery day in Limerick, with the occasional hailstorm thrown in, saw Midleton go down to a determined Thomond side that are chasing promotion and really needed the bonus point win to keep in the race.  Midleton, secure in the league for next season, might not have had the fight in them this weekend and it showed in the scoreline.

Midleton got play underway and went on the attack early. Thomond were not prepared for the early pressure and for the first 8 minutes of the game its all Midleton, eventually winning a penalty that is kicked to the line.  Midleton go for the maul and drive forward, its collapsed and the ball is passed quickly wide and but the attack comes to nothing so play is brought back and its another penalty for the visitors.  From the lineout it’s a maul to the line and the opening try is for Midleton.  A great start to the game as Dave Smyth gets the honours and Christian converts.  Thomond 0 MidtryMidleton 7.

Thomond attack straight from the restart and the Midleton defence, normally so reliable, is undone as they get quick ball out to their full back who combines with the winger and the home side are in the corner for an easy try.  The conversion is wide so it stands Thomond 5 Midleton 7.

From the restart Thomond are again piling on the pressure and attacking deep in the Midleton half, camped on the Midleton line the defence this time is good and the home side are unable to break through.  Eventually the ball is cleared back to half way.

After about 20 minutes Midleton are down to 14, and shortly after things start to come undone for the visitors after Midleton are penalised in the scrum close to their own line; it’s a tap and go and Thomond are in to secure their second try.  This is quickly followed by their third on 30 minutes.  All of a sudden the home side have opened up a gap and its Thomond 19 Midleton 7.

On the restart Midleton look to attack again, rain is coming down heavily now and we win a penalty.  Christian kicks and the score is Thomond 19 Midleton 10 at half-time.

Midleton start the second half well and bring the game to Thomond and for the opening 10 minutes the home side are under pressure on their line but we are unable to convert the pressure to into points as Thomond defend well.  Thomond clear and attack into the Midleton half – now defending we are unable to hold out; on about 64 minutes Thomond get their 4th try and the bonus point.  Thomond 26 Midleton 10. Thomond kick on and within another 10 minutes have a fifth try, and just before fulltime get their sixth.  So it ends Thomond 36 Midleton 10.

So a hard defeat in the penultimate game of the season; the last fixture is on April 12th as we host Armagh when we can be sure that a Midleton XV will be looking to restore pride and get the home win to end the AIL for 2013/14 on good note.