U17 Leinster League
New Ross 19 v Naas 50
New Ross U17’s hosted Naas in the Leinster League yesterday. This was New Ross’s biggest test and while there might have been a foregone conclusion that Naas would walk this game, this was dismissed.
The first half was a one-sided contest with Naas having a lot of possession and punished New Ross clocking up seven tries in the first half and four conversions.
There were some outstanding performances by Nass’s No. 10 Adam Keating and Keelan Burke No. 12.
Halftime was welcomed with open arms with New Ross down 43 – 0. The second half whistle blew and there was a new intent with New Ross. They spent long spells in Naas’s 22 and broke the deadlock in the 55th min with a try by Daniel Behan.
Naas replied with a converted try seven mins later. New Ross held tough through some fantastic defensive work by Adam Monahan, David Adegbesan and Sean Ryan.
New Ross grew in stature and piled pressure on Naas with fast hands from centres Sean Kinsella and Daniel Behan and outstanding rucking from Luke Lindell and Sean Ryan which resulted in a well-deserved try by Bryan Culleton assisted by a raging run by Sean Ryan, that made it all happen. It was beautifully converted by James White, under very difficult wind conditions.
New Ross never dropped their heads.The work rate continued from New Ross and particularly Ciaran Prendergast. James Dunleavy, Xavier Rooney, Vova Murphy, Billy ONeill and Dermot Clancy.
In the dying minutes of the game, it was Sean Walsh who marshalled the wing throughout the game, successfully made his mark on the game with a well-deserved try. Again a well controlled and struck conversion by James White gave New Ross a final tally of 19 points.
Well done to all players Adam Monahan, David Adegbesan, Dermot Clancy, Sean Ryan, James Dunleavy, Bryan Culleton (Captain), Ciaran Prendergast, Luke Lindell, James White, Sean Kinsella, Daniel Behan, Sean Walsh, Vova Murphy, Billy O Neill, Kyle Sinnott, Daniel Ryan.
Next Match away to Navan Kick-off 12.15pm
Best of Luck lads!