Letterkenny 2nd XV travelled to Armoy with a mixture of inexperience and no experience and lost out to a strong home side.
Armoy 2nds 18
Letterkenny 2nds 5
Although Letterkenny lost the match the guys with virtually no experience proved they have learnt a lot in their underage days, and had the guts to stop a very experienced Armoy outfit.
Letterkenny attacked right from the start and with Mortimer lording it in the lineouts; with his lifters Foy and Digimas, they had ball to play with.
Sheridan at outhalf, directing operations, was a cool customer and made a number of neat breaks, as well as putting in some telling kicks behind the Armoy back line.Ably supported by Daniel Gallagher at scrum-half who has a telling pass for one so young and centres Moran and Mulrennan Letterkenny looked to be taking charge, but a charged down clearance led to Tam Christie the Armoy scrum-half, diving over for a breakaway try and 5 points that they did not deserve.
The visitors roared down the pitch in retaliation and were rewarded when after good rucking by Digimas and Canning, the ball was popped to Michael Moran, and he used his strength to dot the ball down near the touch line. Duffy failed to convert with a difficult kick. Half-time 5-5
Roger McLaughlin came on as sub in the second half and seemed determined to take the match by the scruff of the neck when he made two fantastic runs , leaving his team only 10 metres short of the Armoy line. From the resultant scrum which was unfortunatly lost Mulrenann made a fine tackle to stop Armoy breaking away.
With the wind raising slightly, Armoy started kicking to the corners with good effect and pressurising Letterkenny’s young wingers,.
Damien Duffy, Owen Kelly and Mike O’Shea were tackling their hearts out but the scores had to come, as a different Christie( the whole team seemed to be called Christie) scored two tries more for Armoy.
Unfortunatly Mike O’Shea got a bang on the head just after the first try and had to go off, and with no more subs, Letterkenny were down to 14 men.
Overall, a lot of these young players playing in their first season of adult rugby proved that later on in the season, they will be a team to be reckoned with.
Next week both teams are at home with kick off 2.30
The first XV will play their first competitive match in the Gordon West Cup when they entertain old rivals Donegal Town, with the seconds entertaining Ticonnaill.
If you haven’t got a ticket for the Dinner Dance in The Mount Errigal (Ballyraine for us older ones) on Friday Night, then you are missing out as Paul O’Connell, Munster , Ireland and Lions second row is the Guest Speaker. Many thanks to the efforts of Kelly’s Toyota, who are the main sponsors of the club this year for securing such a high profile player.