Men's Match Reports

Game highlights and photos from the CYM Men's Metro League Division 5 Team - 2017/2018 Season

Terenure College RFC vs CYM RFC

January 27th, 2018

In the opening round of the Winters cup, CYM were paired against local rivals Terenure College but things began in a muted fashion after an away match earlier in the season had ended in a flurry of cards.

 

Conditions were poor, a muddy pitch underfoot, a strong gale and just enough drizzle to make it difficult to hold the ball. The first half was a wash out for CYM as they spent most of the half defending and the second half didn't start any better as they conceded a try and a penalty within a few minutes of the kick off. This seemed to eventually rouse the boys in green and they started playing good attacking rugby but kept killing momentum at key moments with silly turnovers and knock-ons. Seven points down with a minute left and CYM produced the best moment of the match. An excellent sweeping move that pulled Terenure from right to left ended with Damien King touching down in the corner. He was left with an almost impossible conversion into the wind to send the match to extra time. He lined it up, bent the ball into the breeze, and watched the ball touch the underside of the crossbar as it fall just centimetres short.

 

Agony for CYM and they'll need to harness that emotion for an important match against fellow strugglers Clontarf on the weekend where a victory for either team will almost guarantee safety for the season.

 

Match Report by John Conway

Wanderers RFC vs CYM RFC

January 12th, 2018

Final Score: Wanderers RFC 30 - 7 CYM

A cold and very windy day greeted the two teams for the match in the shadow of the home of Irish rugby. The conditions and referee got to CYM and they never got their game going. Turnovers, knock ons, and bad decisions cost CYM dearly in attack. Still, the defence was working well in the first half and they kept themselves in the match with some great tackles.

Unfortunately, the cost of this defence showed in the second half with several players needing treatment throughout the half and CY slipping off a few key tackles allowing Wanderers to build momentum. A great break from tight head prop, Liam Conway, with a delightful pop pass from the ground to the onrushing Jonathan Tebbs to crash over and score gave CYM some hope but they again struggled with Wanderers' big ball carriers and the game ended in great disappointment as the CYM players felt they had not given a good enough account of themselves.

 

Match Report by John Conway

CYM RFC vs Railway RFC - Paul Madden Plate

January 6th, 2018

Final Score: CYM 18 - 15 Railway RFC 

Fresh from the Christmas break, CYM ripped into Railway from the off. Lots of big carries from the forwards punched CYM deep into the Railway half several times causing Railway to concede numerous penalties.

 

Unfortunately, Damien King didn't have his kicking boots on but it didn't matter as off a scrum in the Railway 22, John Conway sniped from the back and dived over in the corner. King scored the conversion. Soon after, CYM were on the attack again with Adam Lynch breaking the gain line and producing a wonderous offload for King to dive over in the corner. This time, King was unable to convert his try. The second half was a different story though as CYM conceded too much possession and allowed Railway to run at them. Eventually Railway scored a try but King had found his kicking form and landed two penalties to keep CYM ahead with a decent cushion.

 

The last five minutes of the match were played in torrential rain and everyone was happy to get off the pitch with the victory and into the semi's of the John Madden plate.

Match Report by John Conway - Photo Courtesy of Monica Beresford 

CYM RFC vs NAAS RFC

December 16th, 2017

Final Score: CYM 0 - 43 Naas RFC 

CYM RFC welcomed Naas RFC to Terenure Sports Club for the last game of 2017 before the winter break. Coming off of a successful match versus Terenure and two very close matches against Barnhall and Greystones, the CYM lads were hoping to continue their efforts and end 2017 on a high note. Unfortunately, a win was not in the cards for the boys in green and purple today.

Suited and booted, the lads took to the pitch knowing that Naas would be an incredibly physical match. Having played together in Leinster Metro Division 5 for a few seasons now, the teams are more than familiar with one another; with each knowing the tactics and diversions of their rival, it was never going to be an easy game. Regardless, the CYM men took on the challenge with utmost conviction. An incredibly physical game, a few breaks through the line by Naas, and continued loss of possession all added up to a CYM defeat. 

As is often the case in rugby, the final score of this game does not reflect the hard work and effort displayed on the pitch. For a team that has grown and developed exceptionally this past season, we know a setback like this will not deter the lads from continuing to fight their way up the Metro 5 table. 

Match Report by John Conway - Photos Courtesy of Aude de Casanove 

CYM RFC vs Greystones RFC

December 3rd, 2017

Final Score: CYM 18 - 22 Greystones RFC 

Any regret in the minds of the fans who braved the freezing conditions to support the boys in green were soon wiped away with a display of brilliant attacking rugby from both teams.

 

In an end to end match, CYM scored three trys, all from the forwards. Hooker Ben McNally found himself on the end of one move to barge over the line and a few minutes later, he was at the back of a brilliant rolling maul to score again. Tight  head prop, Liam Conway, making a habit of scoring now, scored his third try of the season after running a great line off the shoulder of Ian Skuse.

 

Unfortunately, while the CYM attack was on fire, the defence was not and they conceded four trys. With both kickers shooting the lights out, it was tit for tat and CY had just left themselves with too much to do and were unable to get that vital fourth try to get them ahead before the final whistle

Match Report by John Conway - Photos Courtesy of Aude de Casanove 

CYM RFC vs Old Wesley Friendly 

November 25th, 2017

After a successful summer of recruitment, CYM were able to restart their second team after several years on ice. Having had one match already against DLSP, the seconds were hoping for an improvement and they began this match much better than their first. Several more weeks of training had made a huge difference to fitness levels and to the shape of the team and they were unrecognisable from that first match. Numerous players were having only their first or second games of rugby ever but guidence from the experienced trio of Adam Lynch, Darragh McCauley, and Man of the Match, James Harding, gave CYM the shape that they sorely missed against DLSP.

 

A young and fit Old Wesley team caused many problems for the CYM defence but they were able to acquit themselves well with some big hits from Vinicus Barros and Peter McCormack. Ramon Escriva showed the doggedness that CYM had all match as even with tired legs, he managed to smash a Wesley player who was taking too long to score a try causing the player to knock it on and rousing a big cheer from the spectators. It wasn't until the second half that CY's own attack began to kick into gear but once they found their groove, the tries began to come. First from Lynch as he shimmied past the defence and second from Harding as smashed his way through several attempted tackles to score on return debut after being away for the past year and a half.

 

Despite losing the match, the opportunity to blood several new players and to get some much needed minutes on the board for the rest of the squad will prove invaluable for CYM as the season develops

 

Match Report by John Conway - Photos courtesy of Aude de Casanove

CYM RFC vs Terenure College RFC

November 17th, 2017

Final Score: Terenure College RFC 24 - 35 CYM

After drawing twice already and having suffered a narrow loss the week before, CYM were hungry to get their first victory against local rivals Terenure College, in what was also the first leg of the Clifford Doyle Cup. From the off, the boys in green and purple were electric and tore into the Terenure players with gusto. A counter from deep in their own 22 started by Yann DuBot ended with Jonathan Tebbs dotting down in the corner. Not to be out done, DuBot was soon on the score sheet himself followed shortly by a bit of magic from Josh Lynch, chipping over the full back to collect and score under the posts, gave CY a commanding lead going into half time.

Terenure made several subs which leveled the playing field and came back into the match with two tries for themselves but CY were not letting this one go. The box kicking from Man of the Match, Seamus Humphries, kept Terenure pinned in their own half and of one scrum in the Terenure 22, a thrilling move led to Lynch crashing over again in the corner. Soon after, Lewis Walsh skipped through a tackle and accelerated into the Terenure half before setting up DuBot with a delightful offload to score again. Tempers started to flare from Terenure and the last 10 minutes were very scrappy but CY were never letting go of the lead. Celebrations were loud at the final whistle, putting CYM in prime position to win back the Clifford Doyle in 2018 and widening the gap from the bottom two of the league.

 

Match Report by John Conway - Photos courtesy of Aude de Casanove

CYM RFC vs MU Barnhall

November 12th, 2017

Final Score: CYM 27 - 33 MU Barnhall 

The CYM men welcomed MU Barnhall at home this past Sunday. Having faced each other numerous times in the past, each team was eager to assert dominance over the pitch from the first whistle. Equally matched in skill and size, it was an incredibly exciting match to watch for spectators supporting both sides. 

Executing quick defense, ball recovery, and fast passes, CYM were able to make multiple breaks through Barnhalls line. Several mauls allowed the lads in green to push the opposition back, often landing within feet of the whitewash. CYM secured many of their points by dogging it out over the line. Barnhall made the most of opportunities during the match which placed them just ahead of the home team at the final whistle. 

Despite this loss, CYM should be proud of the quality of their game play and the intensity and dedication shown during this match. The men continue to improve in every single match and a win is no doubt in the cards in the very near future. 

Match Report and Photos courtesy of  Kelsey Cunningham

Clontarf RFC vs CYM RFC

November 3rd, 2017