Skerries 10 – 27 Wanderers 2nd XV
Another top-of-the table clash for the 2nd XV took place in a chilly but dry Skerries on Saturday 1 December. Despite having a number of injuries, and a further cry-off on the morning of the match which depleted the bench, Wanderers turned-up ready to do battle. Aaron O’Callaghan had a welcome seasonal outing for the 2nd XV, and was prominent throughout.
A nervous opening to the first half saw a number of handling errors from both sides, and we were struggling to establish field position and impose our game. After some sustained Skerries pressure, they took the lead with a penalty on 25 minutes. Wanderers continued to defend well and turned around at half-time 3 – 0 down.
After some wise words at the break from our new coach, Louis McGee, and Tommy Ellard, we hit the ground running in the second half with our first penalty through Dave Gaynor on 43 minutes. This was quickly followed by a fine team try finished by Des McCarthy after 45 minutes, converted by Dave for a 3 – 10 lead to Wanderers. We continued to dominate possession and territory and were further rewarded by tries from Cian Farrell on 55 minutes and Chris Redmond after 66 minutes, both ably converted by Dave who also added a further penalty. A consolation converted try by Skerries with the last play left the final score at 10 – 27.
A very strong second-half performance secured an important victory for Wanderers and helped open up a lead for us at the top of the League. In the absence of Declan Donnelly, a proud day as Louis Mockler ably assisted his father as assistant baggage master for the day.
Next up are Tullamore at the Aviva on Sunday 8th at 14.00, our last fixture before the festive break..