Monivea J1's had a brilliant start to the J1's League with a comprehensive win over Buccaneers in Dubarry Park today
Monivea 26 - 12 Buccaneers
It was a day of first's today with first time head coach Darren Blade's team winning the first league match of the season against Buccaneers and Monivea RFC are very proud of Darren and the entire team and backroom staff.
The J1's are under new Management and Coaches consisting of
Head Coach Darren Blade, Forwards Coach John Moran (Pinky), Assistant Coaches Eoin Rooney & Vinny Lally and Manager Alan Burke. All under the watchful eye of the very experienced Caolin Blade.
Team Captain Ger O Connor
Vice Team Captain Ger Fitzmaurice
15 Seamus Fahy
14 Diarmuid Gavin
13 Rory O’Connor (Guest)
12 Kevin Divilly
11 Ryan O’Connor
10 Gerard O’Connor
9 Conor Loughrey
1 Padraig Mannion
2 Michael McDonnell
3 Adrian Divilly
4 Gerard Fitzmaurice
5 Gerard Ward
6 Cathal Lane
7 Keven King
8 Fergus Killarney
16 Liam Burke
17 Damien McNeilus (Guest)
18 David Gilhooley
19 Darren Collins
Darren gives us a run through of today's impressive game, in inclement weather, below:
It was a great start with Ger O'Connor kicking 2 penalties to go 6 nil up!!
15 mins into the game Rory O'Connor picked up a loose ball and ran the length of the pitch to score under the post with Ger O'Connor adding the extra 2 points!! 13-0!!
Lack of concentration and a bit of fatigue, we conceded a soft try under the post to make the score 13-7.
Ger O'Connor kicked another penalty to go in at half-time - A well deserved 16-7 up!!
With conditions testing the lads skills, they approached the 2nd half with great attitude and scored the first score of the half with a brilliant turnover against the head from Buccaneers scrum to give Fergus Killarney the opportunity to get over the line!!
Ger O'Connor again adding the extras!! 23-7
Buccaneers were not finished and scored a try to put us under pressure but again Ger O'Connor slotted a penalty to push us to a comfortable and well deserved win to kick off the league!! Final score 26-12