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By: Connemara Rfc  05/12/2011

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They say luck eventually evens itself out and Connemara will be well aware of this after Saturdays 35-20 win over City of Armagh. Everything went against Connemara in their previous fixture, so lady luck was due to smile on Connemara.
Connemara started the game under the cosh as Armagh threw the kitchen sink at the Connemara defensive line, but Connemara remained resilient and patient. Connemara’s resilience and patience paid off as they broke the deadlock through Richard Bourke. Bourke showed both pace and awareness as he intercepted an Armagh pass on the half way line before galloping over for his third try in two home games. Whilst Armagh were generally in the ascendancy, Connemara did have their moments too and were rewarded with a try after some good team play saw Kevin Ward bulldoze over from a short distance. Sean Joyce was successful with both conversions and it was another accomplished performance from the Clifden fly half.
Connemara may have had a two try cushion, but it was never a comfortable lead, and Armagh struck next to diminish Connemara’s comfort zone. Some neat backs play saw Armagh’s winger go over in the corner for a well deserved try, fortunately for Connemara their fly half was unsuccessful with his conversion, Armagh weren’t to know it then but placed kicks would ultimately be their downfall in this game.
Throughout this season flanker Barry Gibbons has been noted for his industrious displays and he wasn’t to disappoint on Saturday afternoon, as Armagh were pinned in the corner, Gibbons chased and blocked down their attempted kick, the ball then fell to returning flanker Richie Byrne who gratefully crossed the line for Connemara’s third of the half. Sean Joyce was agonisingly close with the conversion as it crashed off the up-right. Armagh were dominant in terms of territory and possession, while it didn’t translate on the scoreboard, it certainly did on the penalty count. Connemara conceded upward of 20 penalties throughout the game, and a team with a more competent kicker would have slotted many of these, instead Armagh kept kicking for touch and on one occasion were rewarded for it. An Armagh line out became a rolling maul which powered its way over Connemara’s line for their second of the game.
Connemara improved in the second half and had more of the ball, after some increasing Connemara pressure fly half Sean Joyce slotted over a drop goal to stretch Connemara’s lead. Connemara were again fortunate for their final try of the game, centre Benny Bester was alert and once again Connemara intercepted an Armagh pass to go in under the posts. With the fourth try secured Connemara gained a second consecutive home bonus point. Armagh would go on to add two more unconverted tries but Connemara’s lead was then unassailable. The final whistle blew to great acclaim, Connemara’s final home game of 2011 ended with victory and there was entertainment go leor. It wasn’t vintage Connemara, but they say great sides win when they play under par and Connemara were certainly under par on Saturday, winning like this shows how much we’ve progressed under the tutelage of Peter Bracken.

Despite Saturday being another great home victory by Connemara, the game was somewhat marred by the injury to Benny Bester. Everyone at Connemara R.F.C. wishes him a speedy recovery.

John O’Sullivan

Connemara Team:

1: Alex Lee
2: Alan Pryce
3: Emmet Ferrons
4: Bernard Keaney
5: Kevin Keogh
6: Barry Gibbons
7: Richie Byrne
8: Kevin Ward
9: David Keogh
10: Sean Joyce
11: Richard Bourke
12: Paddy Madden
13: Benny Bester
14: David McDonagh
15: Alan Keogh

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