Dolphin started off brightly into a strong wind and in the 9th minute 2nd Row and man of the match Dalton O’Shaughnessy scored the opening try.Galwegians slowly got into the game and had the better of the possession in the 2nd quarter when they equalised in the 36th minute. Dolphin were rewarded with a couple of penalties within metres of the line after the 40th minute mark and finally centre Will Hanley got over by the posts and Daryl Foley converted to put Dolphin 12-5 ahead at the break.
The hopes of anyone who thought that Dolphin would pull ahead with the wind were soon dashed as Galwegians drew level after 46 minutes. Daryl Foley kicked a penalty for Dolphin to get their noses ahead again but further drama was to unfold. Galwegians knocked on inside the Dolphin half, Dolphin played it but knocked on themselves but the referee decided not to bring play back and a gratefull Wegians player picked and ran in their 3rd try.
Dolphin did not lose focus and with the referee playing advantage Daniel Horgan scored Dolphin’s 3rd try to win the battle on the day by 22-17. A much better display than last week, which gives plenty of confidence to the squad. It is great to see the progression of many of these young players, for example if anyone watched the performance of prop Luke Jordan in the last two games would find it hard to believe that his first AIL start was v Highfield.
it is interesting to note that the sides who beat Dolphin fill places 1,2 & 3 while they defeated teams 9 & 10.
This combined with Old Crescent’s heavy defeat to Highfield takes Dolphin out of the bottom two, next weekend it’s 7th v8th so an important game in Nenagh
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J1 Dolphin 22 Bruff 13
They J1 squad are know working well together, after defeat the previous week having scored 4 tries, this week they have won their first game (of 3) in the league and are in fact in 2nd place at the ,moment.
There was some excellent play and the likes of Keith Kelleher, Dave Ahern and Conor Flanagan in particular put their hands up to the senior coaches to let them know they are pushing for places on the senior side.
J2 Midleton 30 Dolphin 16
Dolphin were away last Friday night to the Dennehy Cup finalists Midleon, the Mideton side which is the clubs 2nd side are flying high in the league. Dolphin fought hard and did cross the try line twice, but this was not enough to defeat a determined home side.
The Friday Night Lights is proving to be very popular, with home sides providing food for both teams. Dolphin are scheduled to play Old Christians on Friday 23rd and would appreciate your support.
U18.5 Kinsale 20 Dolphin/Crosshaven 0
September & October was difficult for this side as numbers were low and coaches were in short supply. We now have the coaches and Manager in place and the numbers are getting stronger. The present league format is to seperate the sides into Munster Cup/Bowl/Plate so the side will be well organised and competitive when this happens.
U16 Dolphin/Crosshaven 19 Kinsale 19
Dolphin/Crosshavendrew level with a last minute try, a great performance all round