Donegal Town U-15s entertained Letterkenny RFC in the quarter-final of the Ulster Carpets League Cup at The Holmes on Saturday on a perfect morning for rugby.
Donegal Town 22
Both sides started the game probing the opposition defence for the first ten minutes before the Donegal winger Cormac Donnelly went over in the corner for the opening try. Conor Conneely converted this.
A wonderful pass from scrum half Garett Lypsett sent Kevin Woods in for a try on the fifteen-minute mark. For the remainder of this half it was end-to-end stuff as attack after attack was repelled by the Donegal defence and in turn by the Letterkenny defence.
Half time score Donegal 12 points Letterkenny 0.
Letterkenny now began to take the game to Donegal but a great clearing kick from full back Tom O’Grady resulted in Mark Gillespie Donegal’s number 8 crashing in for a try.
Letterkenny were now chasing the game seventeen points down and were camped inside the Donegal 22 for the next fifteen minutes. It was backs to the wall defence from Donegal where they held up the ball twice to deny Letterkenny a score. Donegal closed out the game when a defensive error was pounced on by Garett Lypsett resulting in a try and the concluding score of the game.
This was a fine performance from the home team. Letterkenny in fairness never gave up and had they got any reward from the pressure they exerted in the second half it would have finished a much tighter game.
Best for Letterkenny Ciaran Sweeney, Stephen Holmes, Ben Khavia, Peter Scott and Sam Mc Ginty.
Donegal have the reward of a home semi-final against either Carrickfergus or Banbridge next Saturday morning. Please come along and support.