Last Saturday the 9th of September, saw Midleton take on Old Crescent in Towns Park for a 2pm Kick Off. Perhaps it was the early kick off, it is usually 2:30pm, which saw the Midleton men napping for the first 15 minutes to allow the visitors to establish a lead before finally putting points on the board. There were a few absences on both sides as they prepare for the AIL this coming Saturday, however, both teams were still gunning for the win. Following some strong forward play from both teams, leaving the set piece in a deadlock, the backs were given room to move the ball and exploit the wide channels. This Old Crescent did more effectively and always seemed to find an overlap. This was caused, in part, by the effort the forwards were putting in at set piece, as they became slower to come around the corner to support a backline that was without Captain Rob Smyth as well as the injured Dan Murray, who broke his jaw against Cashel two weeks previous, we wish him a speedy recovery. This resulted with Old Crescent going into the break with a three tries to two lead at 20-26. Scorers for Midleton were the returning Paul Daly, who came off the bench, who made a glorious sliding catch from a Stuart Lee cross field following a bullocking run from Rory Horgan, to dot down over the line. Lee easily landed the conversion which added to his earlier penalty. The second home try came from new comer, Aidan Ware, who scored a neat pick and go following some strong running rugby by Michael “Yorkie” Cronin and Jon Gardiner. The theme for Midleton Continued with the two aforementioned forwards combining with the ever present Kevin Brierley, who made the hard yards in to the opposition 22 to give Stuart Lee a chance to add a further 3 points to bring us into the break.
It was the travellers who came out refreshed and started strong, adding a further four tries to the three they scored in the first half. Disappointing to see considering how strong the Midleton men were going into half time, it was all set up for a glorious come back that just wasn’t to be. A further try came from Yorkie but it was too little too late for the home side as the game finished up 25-45. A few injury concerns came up for the home side with prop Tom Keavney and second row Aaron Hogan both going off injured. It is always tough to see someone getting stretchered off but we wish Padraig Monoghan a speedy recovery, from all in Midleton RFC.
A lot of work to be done by the Midleton men before their opening game against Seapoint, who are travelling down from Dublin. It must be noted that we succumbed to Seapoint on both occasions that we played them last year but it has to be said that the brand of rugby played on both days was open and exciting, with little to separate the sides. We hope it is the same this Saturday, 16th at 2:30, except with a more favourable result!