While the firsts lost out to Donegal Town, 15-10, the Letterkenny seconds had a good win over their fellow Donegal men.
Letterkenny 2nds 18-3 Donegal Town 2nds
Letterkenny 2nd XV took to the field on Saturday looking to build on the positive aspects of the previous weeks performance. The early stages of the match largely consisted of Donegal trying to find gaps in the Letterkenny defence and for the opening 5 minutes they dictated the play inside the Letterkenny half. But the Letterkenny forwards powered over the rucks, securing the ball and clearing their 22. The Kenny lineout as usual was a strength with Anothny Black towering over his opposition and feeding tscrum half Brian McRory, who in turn supplied his backline with some fine ball. Some clever kicking by out half Dave O’Reilly secured possession in the Donegal 22 where play stayed for the next 10 minutes. A strong Kenny scrum saw no8 Shane Larkin break and get a superb pass to O’Reilly who powered through for a try below the posts. O’Reilly converted his try giving Kenny a 7-0 lead.
The remainder of the half saw Letterkenny dominating the scrums with prop Dwain McElmeel playing a blinder. At the breakdown Kenny were strong and secured a penalty outside the Donegal 22. O’Reilly hit this between the posts completing the scoring for the first half.
Half-time Letterkenny 10- Donegal Town 0 The second half saw Donegal fight back with their back line getting most of the ball and making a few breaks into the Kenny twenty-two. Some great tackling by backs Eoghan Friel and Mark Timoney kept Donegal from the tryline. Donegal were however able to secure a penalty which they easily scored. 10 -3
Letterkenny fought back for the next 10 minutes with hooker Frank O’Leary getting a fantastic break beating 3 defenders and getting over on the left corner for a well deserved try. Unfortunately the angle was too tight for O’Reilly who missed the conversion. 15- 3
After this the home team were on the defensive again. Some excellent defensive work by flankers Liam McLoughlin and Sean O’Donnell kept Donegal from breaking through again. The forwards again secured the ball for Kenny and with some clever backline moves gained ground up to the Donegal twenty-two. Kenny secured another penalty with O’Reilly slotting this one over.
This was a hard fought game with the half backs O’Reilly and McGrory outstanding
Letterkenny 2nd XV: D McElmeel, F O’Leary, S Morris, D Doherty, A Black, L McLoughlin, S O’Donnell, S Larkin, B McRory, D O’Reilly, M Timoney, D Gillespie, E Mulrennan, D Gallagher, E Friel Subs: S McDowell, B McGinley
Underage results: U-17s Randalstown 38-5 Letterkenny
U-13s Randalstown 53-0 Letterkenny
U-15s Randalstown 0-13 Letterkenny
Letterkenny U-15s led 10-0 at half-time thanks to uncoverted tries from Joseph Dunleavy and Matthew Faulkner.
Letterkenny had the only score of the second half, a penalty from Peter Scott.
Team: Peter Scott, Lewi Carson, Conor Canon, Eunan Henry, Aiden O’Neil, James Roulston, Joshua Fulton, Cian McGinley, John Fogarty, John Clay, Ben Scott, Steven Gibson, Oran Wilson, James Sweeney, Chris Green, Joseph Dunleavey, Mark Friel, Ciaran Aiken, Owen Stevenson, Mark Wilken, Matthew Faulkner.
Ladies - Carrick 15-12 Letterkenny
Letterkenny ladies travelled to Carrickfergus and they went 5-0 down, but were soon level as Donna Redmond dived over for a well taken try.
Carrick battled back and carried the ball over line making it 10-5. Letterkenny kept up this fantastic pressure and with some excellent hands Donna Redmond scored her second try when she finished off a good backline moveby diving over near the posts. Converted by Zena Gordon. Half time score 12-10 to Letterkenny. Letterkenny kept up their great form and only for some controversial refereeing Letterkenny could have had two more tries. With five mins to go Carrickfergus were very lucky and scored a try which was not converted. Best game for Letterkenny so far this season. Team: Shannon Heapes, Rosemarie Gallen, Cheryl Laverty, Anne Robinson, Rachel McCool, Alison Stoddart, Zena Gordon, Claire Anderson, Lara Doherty, Saoirse Doherty, Donna Redmond.