LETTERKENNY RFC UNDER-18’S their season off to a great start with an emphatic victory over Rainey at the Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday.
Letterkenny 68-6 Rainey
The visitors arrived with a depleted team short of their Ulster players so were up against it from the start. Letterkenny had captain Daniel Faulkner back at first center and he put in a powerful display in both defence and attack.
Joe Dunleavy was enjoying his first training session with the Ulster Under-19’s and will be back in Letterkenny colours for the game next week away to Malone.
Peter Scott will also be back after a week off to spent time with his John Deer tractor. The match started at a high pace with Martin Molloy and Stephen Holmes prominent in the loose.
A number of handling errors due to early season rustiness delayed the first score until the 10 minute mark when Eunan Henry was put away down the left wing by his out half Matthew Faulkner.
This score was followed by a try from Oisin Toal after a trade mark break by full back Kevin Grant. Grant then followed this with the best try of the first half was he took the ball at speed from a high clearance kick on his own 22 and ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts.
Daniel Faulkner then got his name on the try list after a good block down and chase inside the 22-metre line. The final score of the half went to hard working open side wing forward Darragh Toal when he used his pace down the right wing. Letterkenny made a number of changes at half time with the introduction of Aodhain O Neill and Calum Reid but this did little to change the attacking approach.
Five more tries followed courtesy of Oisin Toal, Matthew Faulkner, Darragh Toal, Daniel Faulkner and Diarmiud Gallagher. Best was kept to last when the big second row Gallagher rumbled over to complete a great move orchestrated by the ten and twelve Faulkner combination down the right wing and resulting crossfield kick being fielded by Louis Carson who off loaded to Gallagher arriving at speed.
Nine out of ten conversions were kicked by Daniel Faulkner to give the home team a great start to the season. Ben Khavia showed the extra training with Peter Brookes over the summer has paid off with an excellent game at number 9.
Douglas Doyle did his Cian Healey impersonation with a superb 40-metre break leading up to try number eight. Molloy, Holmes and Carson were excellent throughout and Paul Johnston was playing his first game in 12 months and did very well at No 8.
Connor Cannon also showed his ability in the front row until he was replaced by O Neill. This game showed that Letterkenny have a serious back line but tougher tests lie ahead where the basics such as line out possession, ball presentation and line defence will be expected to improve.
Credit must go to the Rainey team who travelled under-strength and played a good spirited game.
Letterkenny: Connor Cannon, Stephen Holmes, Douglas Doyle, Martin Molloy, Diarmiud Gallagher, Lewis Carson, Darragh Toal, Paul Johnston, Ben Khavia, Matthew Faulkner, Oisin Toal, Daniel Faulkner, Eunan Henry, Adam Quinn-Boal, Kevin Grant, Aodhain O Neill and Calum Reid.
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