Roscommon CBS First Years defeat Sligo Grammer
Just two days after the CBS Junior side defeated rugby stronghold Colaiste Iognaid (Jesuit College) in the Supermacs Connacht Schools Junior Development Cup, the CBS First Year team defeated modern rugby stalwarts Sligo Grammer.
In Creggs today (Friday), CBS First Years had a very impressive 21 – 0 win over Sligo Grammer in the Connacht First Year Colleges Development Cup. Well done to all concerned with such great performances in their first competitive year in Connacht Rugby competitions.
CBS Reach Junior development Cup Final:
Roscommon CBS 8 Colaiste Iognoid 5
Roscommon CBS continued to pay little heed to the established traditional Rugby schools when they secured a fantastic victory over Colaiste Iognaid in The Green, Creggs this Wednesday afternoon in the Connacht Junior Rugby Development Cup Semi Final. In its infancy in the school it is a major credit to the commitment of players to be in a position to contend a cup final in very first year.
Following on from their nail biting finish in the last round of the cup against HRC Mountbellew this game again went right down to the wire in front of a vocal and very supportive crowd.
This certainly was a lively encounter and in fairness to both sides they tried to move the ball wide at every opportunity.
CBS began the game well and had the better of the opening encounters and spent much of the early half camped in the opposition half, and were enjoying very good possession especially from set play. Excellent play from captain Dylan Keavney and his back row colleagues of Matthew Brandon and Matthew Butt in open play created some lovely space out wide for the backs but on a couple of occasions just the last pass failed to go to hand when an overlap was available.
CBS took an early lead when sustained pressure up front and excellent play from Tom Oates, Brian Collins and Mark Kearney punched holes in the defence and from the next phase Dylan Keavney dived over from close range to put CBS 5-0 up.
CBS continued to pressurise Colaiste Iognaid upfront and were rewarded with a penalty after 20 minutes which Brian Cleary converted to leave the score 8-0.
Colaiste Iognaid went on the attack from the kick off and from their first real venture into the opposition 22” they managed to score in the corner to leave the half time score 8-5.
In the second half Colaiste Iognoid had the territorial advantage but excellent defence by Ryan Horan and Rory O Brochalain in the centre positions kept their opponents chances to a minimum early on.
Neither side managed to add to their first half scores and in truth it was only in the last 10 minutes that the CBS line was ever threatened. In this period of play excellent defence and discipline from CBS ensured they conceded no soft scores and certainly the pack stood up to their opponents and didn’t give an inch.
The last play of the game saw Colaiste Iognoid on the CBS line but excellent play from Barry McDonnell and Ross Mugan turned the ball over under their own posts and that sparked great celebrations at the final whistle.
CBS now move into the cup Final and congratulations to all players and coaches on an excellent cup run.
CBS: Eoghan Farrell, Mark Kearney, Barry McDonnell, Rory Collins, Dylan Keavney (C), Matthew Brandon, Noel Gately, Evan Concur, Brian Cleary, Ryan Horan, Tom Oates, Diarmuid Cunniffe, Darren Campbell, Mark Naughton, Rory O Brochalain, John Brennan, David Murray, Jack Caltagirone, Michael Mongan, Aaron Moran, Brian Collins, Matthew Butt, Ross Mugan, Dean Hollian, James Regan.
Great Win for CBS in Junior Development Cup:
Roscommon CBS 12 St Jarlath’s Tuam 0
Roscommon CBS secured a fantastic victory over St Jarlaths Tuam in The Green, Creggs on Thursday afternoon in the Connacht Junior Rugby Development Cup.
What makes this victory so noteworthy is that this was the first time that CBS Roscommon had ever been entered into the Connacht Junior Cup and follows on from the CBS U14 Rugby team victory against the same opposition in the U14 League earlier this week.
Rugby is a new sport to CBS Roscommon and this is the first year that the sport is been offered to students as an after school activity and it was fantastic to see the team turned out so well and such a good numbers turn out for the Junior side on Thursday afternoon. A presentation was made prior to the game by Vincent Collins of Service Matters, Aidan Farrell of MJ Farrells Jewellers and Aengus Oates of ERA Oates to the Captain of the CBS Team Dylan Keavney of a new set of jerseys to mark the occasion.
This certainly was a lively encounter and both sides to their credit tried to keep the ball in hand at every opportunity and this task wasn’t made easy by the poor under foot conditions due to the heavy rain the day before.
CBS began the game well and spent a good portion of the opening 15 minutes in the opposition half and some good work upfront from Tom Oates, Mark Kearney, Eoghan Farrell and Ross Mugan in the set piece and also from Dylan Keavney, Barry McDonnell, Matthew Brandon and Rory Collins in the loose ensured a good supply of ball for their team and they were well marshalled by Brian Cleary at scrum half.. CBS had lots of territory they were unable to breach the visitors defence however during this time due to a mixture of some good defending and some passes just not going to hand.
Midway through the first half after a sustained period of pressure CBS gained the lead when after some good work up front, the CBS back line moved the ball wide through Noel Gately and Ryan Horan out to Evan Concur on the wing who made a lovely cut back inside and was stopped only a couple of metres from the St Jarlaths line, it was from this ensuing ruck that after a succession of attempts to get over the line that Eoghan Farrell picked and dived over to make the score 5-0.
CBS continued to keep the ball in the St Jarlaths half and didn’t allow the opposition to settle and 5 minutes before half time were rewarded for their efforts when after a succession of 5 metre line outs and scrums, the St Jarlaths out half tried to clear his lines but it was expertly blocked by Noel Gately who dived on the ball over the line for the score. Noel Gately converted his own try to leave the half time score 12-0.
In the second half CBS were playing against the wind, however they continued to press and keep their opponents in their own half and were unlucky after 10 minutes when a back line move and some good work from Jack Caltagirone, Ruairí O Brolcháin and Diarmuid Cunniffee moved the ball wide and after a knock on by the St Jarlaths full back, Evan Concur kicked on and seemed to dive on the ball for a score but the move was called back for the earlier knock on.
St Jarlaths tried hard in the second half but excellent defending by CBS made it very hard for the visitors to break the gain line and only lax penalties at the breakdown by the CBS pack allowed the opposition some field position, however they never threatened the CBS line.
In truth CBS had a couple of opportunities to extend the lead during this second half when they moved the ball wide but on a drier day maybe they would have been more successful.
CBS now move onto the Quarter final stage against the winners of HRC Mountbellew and St Muiredach’s tie.
CBS Roscommon: Eoghan Farrell, Mark Kearney, Barry McDonnell, Rory Collins, Dylan Keavney (C), Matthew Brandon, Noel Gately, Evan Concur, Brian Cleary, Ryan Horan, Tom Oates, Diarmuid Cunniffe, Darren Campbell, Mark Naughton, Rory O Brochalain, John Brennan, David Murray, Jack Caltagirone, Michale Mongan, Aaron Moran, Brian Collins, Matthew Butt, Ross Mugan, Dean Hollian, James Regan, Raymond Farrell.