Location: Belfield Astro-turf pitch
Parkmore’s first league game in division 8 following promotion last year was away to the students from Belfield. The sun was shining and the artificial surface seemed to augur well for the home team with obvious youth on their side!
Parkmore started the game the stronger of the two and following early pressure the home team surrendered a penalty under the posts. Lonergan obliged with the three points. UCD started to assert themselves and showed a willingness to run the ball from anywhere on the pitch. This approach paid dividends when Parkmore condeded a kickable penalty to allow the home team to level the game. It was only towards the end of the half that Parkmore found their form again. Some strong running from O’Connell and Harte laid the groundwork for hooker Leonard to cross the line for some meat. Lonergan added the two points with only a minute or so to half time. Unfortunately UCD refused to give in and managed to level the match on the stroke of half time with a good running rugby score.
Parkmore came out for the second half a changed team and dominated the first twenty-five minutes. This resulted in a number of strong carries from O’Connell, McCarthy the Elder, Harte and Hanrahan with Dodd and Lonergan threatening out wide. Following a good forward platform, Conlon spread the ball wide where, following good hands from all backs, the ball found its way to winger Giacomuzzi who did well to cross the line. Shortly thereafter similar hard running from substitute Coyle opened space out wide to allow Dodd to score in the corner with an excellent finish. Lonergan added the two points for both tries and a further penalty thereafter. This left the score at 27-10 with less than fifteen minutes left. Credit to UCD who then reasserted themselves and brought the game back to Parkmore for the closing stages before finally crossing the line for a deserved try for the final play of the game.
Final score: 27-15
Overall the lakesiders can be very happy with a hard fought win against determined opposition. It was also great to see a good turnout on the sidelines from our hardened fans.
This season we are reviving the Man of the Match award and winners will be allowed to bring the club heirloom cup – The Hafner – home with them. This weeks winner of the Hafner is the returning prodigal son, Shane Lonergan, for his hard work and an amazing performance from the boot (completing 5/6 kicks with 2 from way out wide). Congrats Lono! Who will get presented with the Hafner after the next game?
Squad: M. Costello, N. Leonard, M. Hanrahan, K. McCarthy, P. McCarthy, F. Harte, P. Gunning (c), T. O’Connell, C. Smyth, M. Conlon, A. King, S. Lonergan, A. Dodd, N. Giacomuzzi, D. Delaney; M. Coyle (on for P. McCarthy), A. Cross (on for K. McCarthy), C. Higgins (on for N. Giacomuzzi), J. Kennedy (on for M. Coyle) .
Please note: our next game is next Friday at home (Lakelands) to Blackrock at 8pm under floodlights at Terenure RFC’s state of the art new facility. It would be great to see more support at the match.