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Clogher Valley RFC v CIYMS RFC 6th January 2018

CI visited Clogher Valley for their first Championship game of 2018.
Pre match and post match hospitality proved excellent on what was a bright but bitterly cold day,
The match kicked off in bright sunshine and CV were first on the attack. Early pressure led to a deserved penalty duly converted.
3..0
This seemed to galvinise CI who began to move the ball around the pitch. Moving into the home red zone, CV infringed.
Penalty converted. Kilgore.
3..3
CI were now on the front foot and stretching the CV defence.
Several chances went begging but the writing was on the wall.
20 min..

Flowing back move split the CV backline and Craig Devlin sprinted over for a superb try. Con missed.

3..8
CI were now dominating the lineout and this led to another lovely move, this time Devlin wrong footing the defence to score at the posts. Kilgore added the 2 points.

3..15.. the home crowd went quiet.
CV won possession in the CI half.. driving maul.. penalty. converted.

6..15
35 min.. CV again penalised at the breakdown. 40m out.. Kilgore converted with a fine kick.

6..18
On the stroke of Half Time CI won another penalty in front of the posts, 20m out , but tapped and moved the ball. CV held their line, chance gone. Would we regret that…?

HT 6..18
The half was dominated by CI but the home team were still in touch.
More so in the 2nd half when the CV pack came more into the game. Mauling, big carries by Wilson etc.. began to stretch the CI defence. They were rewarded with a penalty, converted.

9..18
They pressed again but poor, telegraphed passing in the 10/12 channel allowed Matt Butler a simple intercept. He carried into the home half, CI recycled and a deft kick into the corner threatened the CV line. CI arrived in numbers, regained possession and Jason Gilliland , outstanding at 7, crashed over near the posts. Kilgore added the 2 points.

9..25
60 minutes gone, was it all over.. no was the answer.
The next 15 minutes CV forced there way back into the game. Any pens were kicked to the corner for there trademark rolling maul. 3 times CI took their ball, once on the CI line, frustrating the home team.

CI ran the ball from near their own line.. fed back to Devlin, coming from the blindside wing, and he was clear, but the pass was behind him. Knock on,18m from the CI line. CV took the ball forward.

A CI infringement lead to a penalty and CV opted for a scrum. The first engagement collapsed almost immediately. No warnings, just a reset. 2nd, CV edged forwards but wheeled, buckled 2m short of the line. Referee awarded a penalty try which surprised everyone in the ground. No warnings, penalties, cards etc.. Bizarre decision.

16..25
5 minutes left. CV moved back into the CI half, lifting ,driving etc.. CI defence was resolute.
A sloppy pass from CV halfbacks was easily intercepted by Matt Kilgore, CI 12. He made good ground, recycled, and CI moved the ball quickly through several phases. CV couldn’t handle the pace of the counter attack and Nathan Burns 15 crashed over in the corner for a fine try and bonus point. Kilgore converted from the touchline. Game Over.

16..32
The CI backline were superb all day. CV couldn’t handle our pace, lines etc.. The pack dominated the line out and were excellent in the loose. CV have one of the best mauls in Q1 but today, apart from a couple of occasions, CI frustrated their efforts.

The 15 minutes after half time was outstanding. CV couldn’t break us down. That won the match.
The bus rocked and rolled all the way home.

Stand Up For The CI Men..