Defeat from the jaws of victory 2016-10-13 21:19:00

Mitchelstown 15 - 17 Killorglin

Our first home fixture in the junior 1 league brought a large crowd to Currabowen last Sunday. The pitch was lovingly prepared by Harry Kinsella, and looked resplendent on a warm October Sunday. A minute’s silence was observed in memory of Mick Burke, father of Owen, and a frequent spectator at games over the years.

The home side were into their stride early, and Patrick Molloy was on target with a penalty in the opening minutes. The forwards were dominant, particularly in the scrum, and it was no surprise when they scored the opening try of the game, to leave the interval score at 10-0.

Killorglin were not to be underestimated, however, and early in the second half they scored from a line out. A charge down resulted in the visitors taking the lead 14-10, and the gauntlet was thrown down. Mitchelstown rallied, and a fine try from a rolling maul put the home side in front. So into injury time with neither side looking like scoring. Mitchelstown were awarded a scrum which was no cause for concern, due to their dominance in the area. The ball was duly won, and the visitors front row came up. The audience were stunned by the award of the penalty to the visitors. The penalty was scored, and a disappointed, disbelieving home team and supporters were left to rue a victory which was snatched from them.

Next game will be away to Dungarvan, and will double up as a league and Martin O’Sullivan Cup fixture, with a trip to Dingle the reward for the cup victors. Training as usual for the team this week. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jack Norris who needed medical attention for a hand injury sustained in battle.