Round 5 Munster U-18 Bank of Ireland Cup.
Sunday 12th February 2017 O'Dowd Park Tralee

Tralee RFC. 39
Shannon St Mary's. 14

Tralee U 18's put the last weekend's disappointment behind them with a comprehensive victory over their Limerick City opponents. From the off the heads were tuned like a man who had to fight for their lives. Captain Mikey Lyne made a very welcome return to the team, after his absence due to illness last week, he picked up from the back of the scrum and gave a smashing offload to Joseph O'Connor who crashed his way over and converted it as well. Soon afterwards burly prop, Stephen Benjamin, got the first of his three tries, with another pulsating run from close in. Joseph converted. ‎Speedy winger Jeaic O'Sulleabhain got one of his two tries soon when he ran a great line to score in the corner. Our other winger, Hugh Healy, capitalised on a mistake by the visitors from the kick off and sped half the pitch to score a lovely individual try. Soon afterwards we scored the try of the match. Stephen Benjamin got a real beauty after a top class line out throw by Jordon O'Shea to agile second row Michael Leen Vega who in turn fed Stephen. Forwards coach, Ciaran Carmody, was very happy with that move.

As a contest the game was over at half time and Coach Alan Boyle, was able to give the bench a good run. Jeaic O'Sulleabhain scored his second soon after the break and at that stage we had an unassailable lead. Shannon did breach our line twice in fairness to them but we still fought tooth and nail to the end and that was pleasing for the head coach. Our normal number 9, Liam O'Malley, was out due to injury but one would think that Paul Lenihan was there for years. He had a great game at 9 and his passing was very impressive indeed. Jordon O'Shea was terrific as well, especially his line out throwing which was outstanding. Our set pieces in general were top class. Robbie Murphy, who will be celebrating his 18th on Monday, had another fine game in the front row. Eoin O'Mally had another cracker of a game as well. In truth the whole team and squad played very well and it was certainly pleasing for Our Coach Alan Boyle. He said afterwards ' after last week's underperformance, I thought we really showed that we still are a fine team and that when we put our minds to it we can play good rugby. I was delighted to be able to give the full panel a good run today. We still are in the mix to get to the last eight and we are really looking foward now to see where we go from here. The work that Ciaran Carmody and Garreth Walsh is starting to show dividends now. Thanks again to the parents who came and supported us and for bringing the sandwiches. It was great to have our inspirational captain Mikey back as he gives us a mighty imputus when he plays'.

Team and Panel.

Robbie Murphy, Jordon O'Shea, Stephen Benjamin, Michael Leen Vega, Chris Lowe, David Boyle, Tim Kelliher, Mikey Lyne, {Capt}, Paul Lenihan, Cian Hill, Hugh Healy, Joseph O'Connor, Joe Quilter, Jeaic O'Sulleabhain, Eoin O'Malley, Eoghan O'Buachalla, Dylan Savage, Lachlann Morrisson, Conor Murphy, Donal Dillane, Jack Dolan, Ger Tansley and Lee O'Byrne.

Report by Jim O' Connor