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Tim Mulcahy gives his view on Newcastle West’s hard-earned victory

TABLE toppers in MJL1, Newcastle West, have hit the ground running since the start of this season and they recorded another league victory last Sunday. They did not have it all their own way with Mallow pushing them hard right to the final whistle. TIM MULCAHY was there and here is his report:

Newcastle West 11, Mallow 7

THE top two teams in Division 1 met in Cullinagh last Sunday and its was like a cup game, as these fixtures tend to be.

The home side was very happy to get this result as Mallow have there sights set on, not only surviving in this league, but as serious contenders for the title. They have every right to consider themselves in this light and they brought their A game to the county capital on the day. Playing in to the town end it was the visitors who created all the opportunities early in the game with the home side soaking up a lot of pressure in the first ten minutes. Mallow were getting a slight edge in the forward battle in the early exchanges. The home side eventually broke out of their own 22 with Michael Burke relieving the pressure with a great touch. Newcastle West were guilty of a high number of handling errors when they got in to the Mallow red zone and it was from an error that an attack was created with the visitors running from deep and touching down. The easy conversion gave Mallow a 0-7 lead. From the kick-off Mallow gathered and attacked again putting NCW on the back foot. Defence was key at this stage for the home side with Sean Neville and Ted Walters having a busy day in the centre, both giving an exhibition of tackling.

The home side were carrying the ball well now and had settled into a better pattern than earlier in the game. A speculative kick ahead by Darragh Fox put the visitors on the back foot and a lapse by their number eight saw Sean Ivess score a fantastic opportunistic try by chasing up along the line and getting a touchdown in the corner to get the West on the scoreboard at  5-7.

Sean Herlihy kicked two penalties before the break to take the score to 11-7. There would be no scores in the second half with both sides unlucky not to add to their tallies. What was a war of attrition in the second half up front may not have been too entertaining for the gallery, but it became nail biting stuff towards the end as Mallow tried hard to get the winning try. The Cork side did cross the whitewash before the finish but to the relief of the big home support, the referee denied them for a’ double movement.’

After such a close game the home side were happy to hear the final whistle and the four points keeps Newcastle West in their lofty league position.

Thank you to our supporters who came out again in large numbers .Also thank you to Roseanne Walker who kept the coffee flowing on a cold wet day!!

Score’s. Sean Herlihy 2 Penalty’s, Sean Ivess Try

Squad; John Walsh, Eoin O Halloran, Allan O Riordan, Gerald Griffin, Aidan Quinlivan, Sean Corbett, Keelan Headd , Dave Foley, Sean Herlihy, Ted Walters, Daniel Normoyle, Sean Murphy , Michael Burke, Cormac Nash, Gavin Reidy, Declan Moloney ,Stephen Lyons, Dayle Danaher, Kenneth Browne, Liam Tierney, Brian O Sullivan. Niall Kelleher, Tommy Kelleher, James Kelly.

Round five of the league has Newcastle West 1st XV making the journey to West Cork to take on Clonakilty next Sunday at 2.30 pm

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