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 Midleton 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.