Skerries 13 Midleton 0
Storm conditions for the latest AIL outing for Midleton when we travelled to Skerries. The first half was a tense affair with neither team giving much ground. Skerries got play underway win a low kick that is gathered easily and with a cross wind for the duration of the game both teams were hesitant to put boot to ball in any sort of searching way in the opening phase of the game.
Skerries attack well and probe the Midleton defence but are unable to find a way through. Play stays around the middle of the pitch for a lot of the half with both teams giving little away. The weather plays havoc with any structured play and a lot of scrums and frees result. Midleton on balance are much stronger in the scrum and at one point push for the line searching for a try but it’s judged to be held up. So the first half ends scoreless.
Second half underway and it’s all to play for. Skerries are in a new strip and come out with a strong attack. They are soon rewarded with a penalty and with the wind at their backs just to the right of the posts it’s an easy 3 points for the home side. Skerries 3 Midleton 0.
Play underway again and Midleton go searching with some great attacking play but under tough conditions errors start to creep in on both sides, but to eventually its to the home teams advantage as Skerries win another penalty. Now the game stands at Skerries 6 Midleton 0.
Midleton are still searching for that opening in the Skerries defence but the attack from the home side sees them advance towards the Midleton line. The attack starts on the left and some strong disciplined play sees the ball recycled well and it’s a try to the home side. With the conversion its Skerries 13 Midleton 0.
The last 20 minutes of the game is all about Midleton. The attacking is organised and structured however the conditions work against us and despite at one point being camped on the Skerries line for the best part of 10 minutes the scores were not forthcoming.
So the games ended, our first scoreless game this season; but a lot of positives are there to take from the match. The team should great resolve and discipline in adverse conditions and the scoreline does little to reflect the actual effort and commitment that was shown on the day.