23 May, 16:14
A Munster Under 17 combined selection of players from the Regional Development Squad and Munster 'B' Schools recently attended a 11 a-side blitz at Cork Institute of Technology grounds.
Waterford City may now find that a more difficult task after losing this Munster Junior League Division 3 clash. In the end Carrick won out 26-3, after a stunning second half display which saw Carrick score two tries, from scrumhalf Ross Cleary and winger David Kiersey.
Charlie Boland added two penalties to the two conversions in the second half, to go along with his two from the first half, in a flawless kicking display where he kicked six from six. Waterford City’s only response, a drop goal midway through the first half from full back Aaron Foskin.
The result may have been a bit heavy on City who were very much in the game with even ten minutes to go, however Carrick’s use of the bench, and ability and growing confidence with ball in hand eventually saw them through.
Cleary’s try came after a massive scrum effort on the City five metre line. Carrick drove over the line and Cleary smothered the ball over the line after great control. This try gave Carrick a lead, but Boland’s two penalties that followed gave them comfort.
With the game heading for the dressing rooms, substitute number 8 William Wallace caught an attempted clearing kick by City on his own ten metre by the sideline. He cut in field where after an intricate double interchange involving both his brothers James and JP Wallace, William passed to outhalf Boland who moved the ball wide to Kiersey wide out on the other wing.
He still had a little to do, but just outstripped the cover to touchdown to awe-struck applause and the certain victory, ensured on the day by good communication and some excellent displays all over the park.
Team – A Murray, N Phelan, S Cuddy, S Fitzpatrick, B Phelan, M Foley, M Carroll(capt), B Slattery, R Cleary, C Boland, D Kiersey, JP McGrath, J Wallace, W Lonergan, JPWallace. Subs: E Barry, J Phelan, W Wallace
The Carrick U-17 girls hosted Clonmel in Tybroughney over the weekend and defeated the visitors 22-0. The Carrick scorers were Sinead Lonergan, Ashling Hahesy, Helena Power 2, and a conversion by Becky O Brian.