Senior XV - AIL Div 2B
Sunday's Well 15 - 6 Navan
Any lingering promotion hopes that Navan may have had following their mini revival since Christmas were snuffed out following this defeat in Musgrave Park last Saturday. Following a couple of recent wins Navan had targeted finishing the season unbeaten to see if it might lift them into third in the League table and engineer a play off. It looked a tall order with three trips to Munster in their last four games and so it proved with Navan coming unstuck on the first of those trips South although the game was in the balance until the final play.
Sunday's Well made much the better start with their centre partnership running hard and straight into the Navan twenty two. The home side made the most of this territory building a few phases before eventually moving the ball wide where the second row straightened the line and powered over the Navan try line. Navan were in trouble straight from the restart when the Well pack mauled the ball up to Navan twenty two where they were awarded a penalty. They opted for touch and another drive by the Well pack saw them drive over the line Navan did enough to hold the ball up in the tackle and clear the danger.
Navan opened their account on fifteen minutes when the dominant Navan scrum earned them a penalty which Alan Kingsley slotted. The visitors started to grow in confidence after the initial onslaught and had the home side on the back foot but big tackles and some unforced errors kept Navan out and Kingsley missed a penalty effort a minute before half time. Half Time Sunday's Well 5 Navan 3.
Navan started the second half where they left off but couldn't build phases to stretch the home side. The game remained a scrappy and tight affair. Nevertheless Navan took the lead on 48 mins when Kingsley landed a 38 meter kick into the wind. the lead was short-lived however as Sunday's Well edged ahead gain when John Duffy conceded a penalty within range and the home side edged in front again 8-6.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, Sunday's Well Player Manager & former Ireland International David Corkery came off the bench for an influential cameo and his first touch of the ball saw him charge into the Navan 22 before being stopped just short of the line. Navan re-established territory in the Sunday's well half and threw everything at the opposition with the match still in the balance but Alan Hickey coughed up the ball in contact and the home side retained possession, scrambled up the park to work a score in the last play of the game to deny the visitors a bonus point loss.
It was noticeable that Navan missed the presence of the influential Bernard Smyth who is still recovering from injury but on a positive note their was a start for last year U19's scrum half Jack Condie and another appearance from the bench for Brian McGovern as player coach Alan Kinsley continues to blood young players.
1. J Gianoli ( B McGovern), 2. C Brady, 3. D King, 4. E Noonan, 5. J Duffy, 6. E Culhane ( D Clarke ) 7. M O'Regan ( J McCaghy) 8. B McKeever, 9. J Condie, 10. A Kinsley, 11. M McAuley ( C O'Reilly), 12. M Harrington, 13. D Geraghty ( T Geraghty ), 14. S Hogan, 15. A Hickey.