Parkmore RFC 14 – Old Wesley RFC 34 (15th October 2016)
Parkmore took to the field for their third league game against Old Wesley on Saturday last at a fresh, sunny Lakelands. The game started poorly when the men in blue and white conceded a early try to some nice open field running from Wesley. Parkmore then reasserted themselves in the game and came to dominate possession but were unable to do much with it and seemed to spurn several good chances with poor execution. Unfortunately for Parkmore and to Welsey’s credit the visitors had a very high conversion rate and seemed to score any time they got into the Parkmore half. The result was the sides went in with the visitors 21-0 up at half time despite the game being very even.
The half time tea clearly had an impact as Parkmore came out flying in the second half and were very quickly on the scoreboard. Several good carries from the pack where stalwarts McCarthy the Elder and young Farnan Harte from Mayo resulted in good possession deep in the 22. Quick thinking by half back Smyth resulted in the ball being spread wide to O’Connell who surprisingly passed it to the keen eyed Glynn who crossed for the meat with Smyth adding the extra 2. The home side drew energy from this score and dominated the early phases of the second half. The pack lead were lead from the front by Gunning Number 2 and the backs combined well with five eigthth Jimenez Valls combining well with the blonde bombshell Delaney in midfield. Following a speculative kick, Steve Lynch fielded the loose ball and scored a wonderful individual try. Smyth added the extra points to leave matters at 14-21 midway through the second half. Unfortunately, that was the high water mark for the lakesiders. Wesley came back into the game and were always dangerous from broken play. As the game progressed, Wesley unloaded forwards from the bench and tiredness told. Having lost early temporary replacement John Greene to an eye injury Parkmore did not have any reinforcements up front. Both Francesco Ianno and Fergus Lyons made impressive debuts out wide in the second half and it is hope to see both back in the blue and white in future.
It was a mixed performance but with plenty of positives for the rest of the season.
Attendance: 14 (16 for the second half when the rest of the Gunnings arrived).