Blackrock College 22
Galwegians claimed their first home win in the Ulster Bank League Division 2A in dramatic fashion, when a 91st minute try from Brian Murphy saw them snatch victory back from the jaws of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.
Played in glorious sunny Autumn conditions, the visitors started brightly, moving the ball around at every opportunity. However, they found themselves struggling badly in the set-piece, where ’Wegians were awarded two early penalties.
Out-half Morgan Codyre narrowly missed his first effort, but he split the posts on 13 minutes to give the Blues an early lead. They soon extended that with a try five minutes later, when lock Marty Cummins claimed a lineout 10 metres out and finished off a driving maul himself to score his second try of the campaign.
Codyre was again narrowly off target with the conversion, and some sloppy play from the Blues after the restart saw them hand their opponents their first score, when out-half Peter Quirke slotted an easy penalty to get his side off the mark.
However, Blackrock’s struggles in the scrum continued where the ’Wegians front-row were giving their opponents a torrid time. Despite changing their tight-head prop, two further penalties led to a sin-binning for their replacement prop Dylan Hanney. Yet despite their numerical advantage, the hosts were struggling to make it pay, and could only muster a second Codyre penalty to restore an 8-point lead at the break.
The visitors had a slight wind at their backs at the start of the second-half, however ’Wegians struck a killer blow when they scored within a minute of the restart. Veteran centre Brian Murphy charged down a clearance kick, and having punctured the rearguard, some swift handling saw the Shrule native finish off the move in the left corner for a second unconverted try.
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