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Fans treated to a try feast as Newcastle West hit super form

By Tim Mulcahy
MJL1, NCW 45, Skibbereen 10
WITH the season open five weeks it was hard to believe that this was Newcastle West’s 1st XV’s debut on home ground last Sunday. The big home support were rewarded with seven tries and, hopefully, a taste of more to come in the following months.
Being led from the front by their captain Keelan Headd it was an excellent performance by all twenty who took the field with a solid foundation being laid by a hard working pack. The scores came at a fast pace with the captain being the first to cross the line from a pick and drive from the base of the scrum, Sean Herlihy converted. With the forwards providing go forward ball a swift pass from Darragh Fox, enabled Sean Herlihy give a skip pass to the first centre with Sean Neville receiving out wide and fast hands to young Daniel Normoyle who scored his first try at this level. It was converted by his cousin Sean Herlihy.
Skibbereen were working hard to stop the onslaught and were rewarded with a converted penalty to take the score to 14-3 with twenty minutes gone. An off the top line out ball from Gerald Griffin again saw the backs go on the rampage and Sean Neville strolled over the line after great work by Ted Walters split the Skib defence. Try converted again by Sean Herlihy. The home side secured the bonus point in the thirty eighth minute with Ted Walters again carving the defence open and crossing the whitewash himself, Herlihy converted to leave the halftime score 28-3.
The visitors came out strong in the opening ten minutes of the second half and had little choice but to run at the home side as the score difference was significant. They got a converted try in the fifteenth minute and this was to be their only reward over the second period. With the introduction of a number of veteran players, including Dave Foley and Tommy Kelleher, the men in black ran in three more tries from Darragh Fox, Sean Murphy and Aidan Quinlivan one which was converted by Michael Burke.
A good day at the office for the West Limerick side but there will be more testing days ahead, none more so than next weekend when they head east to the foot of the Galtees and take on Galbally.
Comment of the day: “It was well worth a fiver to see that second last try”! Sean Neville put in a ‘man of the match performance closely followed by Darragh Fox and John Walsh.
Scorers; Try’s ,Aidan Quinlivan, Keelan Headd, Darragh Fox, ,Sean Neville, Ted Walters, Daniel Normoyle, Sean Murphy, ;Sean Herlihy 4 conversions, Michael Burke 1 Conversion
Squad; John Walsh, Eoin O Halloran, Allan O Riordan, Gerald Griffin, Aidan Quinlivan, Sean Corbett, Keelan Headd Capt, Jason Woulfe, Darragh Fox, Sean Herlihy, Sean Neville, Ted Walters, Daniel Normoyle,Sean Murphy, Michael Burke, Tom Kelleher, Niall Kelleher, Dave Foley, Cormac Nash, Gavin Reidy,James Kelly

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