Quarter Final

The Bish junior Rugby had a tight win against their old rivals of Garbally. This Cup quarter final took place in Galwegians on the 22nd of February with a testing wind blowing from the Clubhouse end. The Bish played into the wind in the first half and it was Garbally who got the first score with some good close in work by the pack. They managed to power over for the 1st try of the game but they were unsuccessful with the conversion. The Bish responded well and with some good kicking from Ciaran Gaffney they found themselves close to the Garbally line. Excellent ball carrying by the back row of Ross Kerrigan, Liam Brennan and number 8 Colin Joyce saw them eek closer to the line and the powerful front rower Matthew Joyce got over to even the scoreline.

Once again the Garbally out-half made good use of the strong wind and Garbally were close to the St. Joseph’s line.

Once again it was the power Garbally pack that set the platform they went under the posts. Good patient play by the Bish and some strong running from the Bish back three of Matthew Duffy, Niall Grogan and Paddy Kitt gave them a penalty opportunity inside the Garbally 22.Gaffney narrowly missed to the outside of the upright. The score stood at 12-5 to Garbally at half time but the Bish boys knew they had to make good use of the wind in the second half.

The Bish started the second half well claiming the kick-off and opting for position in the Garbally half rather than possession. Excellent line out work from Aaron Broderick disrupted the line out and forced a mistake from Garbally. The Bish capitalised and with a very well functioning line-out gained possession and grinded it out with the Garbally pack before centre Brandon Nestor danced his way over the line. Gaffney found his form and duly slotted the conversion. All square at 12 a piece. The Bish capitalised on their psychological dominance and after the restart found themselves back in the Garbally half. Once again good lineout disruption by Eoghan O’Brien saw Garbally receive sloppy ball and Colin Joyce was quick to tackle the ball and force a penalty for holding on. Gaffney showed his true character and slotted the ball beautifully between the posts to put himself and his team-mates into the lead.

With 15 minutes remaining the game flowed from end to end but it was Garbally who finished stronger looking for the equalling or winning score. Immense defence from all those on the pitch kept the Garbally team out. Even losing Liam Brennan in the final stages the back row wasn’t weakened by the introduction of Conor Connelly. The Bish forced a mistake from the frustrated Garbally boys and the Bish were in their third successive Junior Semi-final. Excellent performances came from those already mentioned as well as Roberto Tapia, Brian Brophy, Cian Moran

Bish Team:

15. Paddy Kitt, 14. Niall Gragan, 13. Brandon Nestor, 12. Darragh Moylan, 11. Matthew Duffy, 10. Ciaran Gaffney, 9. Cian Moran, 8. Colin Joyce, 7. Ross Kerrigan, 6. Liam Brennan, 5. Brian Brophy, 4. Aaron Broderick, 3. Roberto Tapia, 2. Ciaran Gavin, 1. Matthew Joyce.

16. Jack O’Reilly, 17. Edu Olivier, 18. Eoghan O’Brien, 19. Conor Connelly, 20. Conor O’Regan, 21.

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