Sep 122017
 

A strong wind on the day made lineouts tough

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.

Stuart Lee lining up a successful conversion

 

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!

Aug 272017
 

Saturday the 26th of August saw the Senior Firsts take on Cashel at home in what was a hard-fought game.  The South Munster Charity Cup has had a number of different formats over the past few years, including a gruelling full day blitz, which this year saw the Cup and Shield being split up from the beginning.  This means that the competition starts with semi-finals, Midleton vs Cashel on one side and Sundays Well vs Clonmel on the other.  Typically used as a pre-season warm up match for the All Ireland League, it is an opportunity to showcase new things learned in the previous few weeks as well as to  try out new combinations and structures.  As well as this it is fantastic to play rugby with the sun out, a rare enough occurrence.

The heat was on the home side from early on in the match with a rabbit in headlights style of play for the opening 15 minutes. Cashel ran in three tries in quick succession to put them in a leading position, one which they would inevitably hold for the rest of the game.  Once Midleton got over the shock of the opening it was a far tighter affair.  The first try for the men in red was scored by Michael “Yorkie” Cronin after a good passage of play that lead to a quick tap penalty on the Cashel 5 meter line.  This put the score line at 7-21 to the visitors going into the break.

Martijn Korterik, who was pulling the strings from out half in the absence of Stuart Lee, added 3 points early in the second half to put the score 21-10 with plenty of time left on the clock.  This was added to by Brian Moore who came off the bench at half time replacing new comer Dylan Purvis, who dotted down after a good passage of play.  Martijn failed to add the extra points leaving the score at 21-15 with 10 minutes to go.  The Cashel defence put in a strong display to keep the home side out and the game finished with a turnover in midfield which was then kicked out to put an end to it.

The next competitive match will more than likely be in the Munster Senior Cup, the draw for which is being made on Tuesday coming.  AIL, however, is fast approaching with only three weeks until the opening game against Seapoint on the 16th of September at home.

Sep 262016
 

BRUFF RFC 16 – 35 Midleton RFC

Midleton recorded their second bonus point win in Division 2C to go top after their 35-16 away win over Bruff at Kilballyowen Park. Ross O’Mahony scored two tries for the East Cork side and Daniel Murray, Rob Carey and Paul Daly got one each. Stuart Lee converted all five tries. Cillian Rea replied with a try for Bruff and David O’Grady converted and added three penalties.

Midleton lie second on the Division 2C Table, just behind Rainey Old Boys who they welcome to Towns Park on Saturday, October 1st. Both sides are on 10 points after 2 games and are only separated by a margin of a single point’s difference.  Towns Park will be the place to be on October 1st, it’s going to be a cracker!!!

Nov 022015
 

AIL DIVISION 2C: BRUFF RFC 22 – 25 MIDLETON RFC (31.10.2015)

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Midleton RFC 1st XV travelled to Bruff RFC on Saturday 31st October for their sixth match of this year’s AIL campaign. Last season’s meeting of the two sides saw Midleton come away with a win, a feat the lads so wonderfully repeated this time round.

Midleton opened the scoring just 6 minutes into the game with a long-range penalty cleanly struck by Stuart Lee from 40 yards out. Bruff reacted by stepping up the pressure, forcing errors which allowed them to level things up with a penalty from Tony Cahill in the 12th minute. The Midleton defence was tested when a foray into their 22 saw the Bruff men punish with another Midleton infringement costing a further 3 points. The side quickly galvanised with strong forward play and hard fought yards rewarded with a try from Sean White. Stuart Lee’s conversion put Midleton into the lead 6 -10.

The Limerick men responded in force, retaining much of the possession from the restart and confining play to the Midleton half. They battled courageously winning a five metre scrum from a break through the Midleton defence which was deemed to have been held up. Their second attack paid dividends however with a try from Davy Horan which was converted to level the sides at 13 – 13. A Midleton penalty at the stroke of half-time was to be a taster of what was to commoner the following 40 minutes.

Bruff drew first blood in the second half with a penalty to level the scores once again. The sides were very evenly matched in the second half with neither team giving an inch at the breakdown. Pressure-forced errors saw a brace of penalties awarded to both teams, and Midleton’s dominance in the scrum was converted into more points from the boot of Stuart Lee. Tony Cahill’s 30 metre penalty kick, 10 minutes from the final whistle would be the final score of the game. This 3 point win sees Midleton climb to fourth on the table, just a point shy of Tullamore RFC who we play at home next weekend.