Garryowen 11 UL Bohemian 12 North Munster U20.5 League
On a wet night UL Bohemian U20.5 side began their season with a fantastic win away to Garryowen. In what was a first outing for the squad they showed great character to come back from being down to 13 men for a share of the second the half to come away with the win.
Garryowen opened the scoring with a penalty just before the first half water break to lead 3-0. The Boh’s side put massive pressure on after the water break and the efforts were finally rewarded by a great block down off a goal line drop out by Ciaran Vaughan followed a few phases later by Guilherme Ventura Patricio crashing over for the first try of the game and the extras added by Oisin Fagan leaving the score 3-7 at half time.
Early in the second half we seen the first of our players Ben Shippam get a yellow card soon followed by fellow backrow Dylan O Connor. The 13 guys left on the pitch should fantastic grit to hold out Garryowen for so long but Garryowen eventually found a way to get over the line with a very good counter attack move pushing them back into the lead 11-7. Similar to the first half when Bohs returned to 15 they mounted all the pressure into Garryowens half and after a few close attempts the forward pack rumbled over a maul with Captain Jay Traynor touching down to put Bohs into the lead 11-12 with seven minutes left. Garryowen had time for one more attack but a great effort by all the squad stopped this and bohs ended the game on the attack before James Moylan decided it was enough and booted the ball out of play for a first win of the season.
All the management are incredible proud of the group for the effort and character they showed on their first night out with many of the lads playing a first competitive game in nearly two years. We look forward to building the squad throughout the season with a few new faces joining us in the coming weeks with the University returning.
Captain Jay Traynor was awarded Player of the March