Midleton 10 Armagh 12
For 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.
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)