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.