6th December 2014
Athy 24 Newbridge 0
Athy claimed their fifth league win of the season with a comprehensive 24-0 victory over Newbridge on Saturday. However this was not a facile win and Athy had to work hard for that scoreline against a competitive Newbridge side. In fact it was Newbridge who began strongest and for the opening 15 minutes Athy found themselves defending a series of strong surges. However the defensive line hit hard and every ball carrier was driven back until Athy secured a key turnover and finally cleared their lines. The failure to convert this pressure into a score seemed to drain Newbridge of confidence and fortify the Athy men. Now it was Athyâ€™s turn to attack and immediately they upped the pace and kept a width to their attacks that had the Newbridge defence at breaking point. After a number of quick rucks the ball was moved wide where centre Seamus Lacey forced his way over in the left corner. Cormac Moore hit the huge sideline conversion. Athy kept up the pressure and scored again when Spencer Loughman drove over from a ruck, taking advantage of a stretched defence to score in the right corner. Cormac Moore surpassed his first effort, landing the monster conversion from the right touchline to give Athy a 14-0 halftime lead.
Athy continued to press in the second half but a determined Newbridge team held firm and at times forced Athy onto the defence. Midway through the half Athy grabbed their third try when quick ruck ball was moved wide where winger Cian English touched down for a 19-0 lead. There was time for one more score. From a scrum number eight Martin Maloney went up the blindside and found Jack Smith who carried on the move. The flanker made good ground before finding hooker Ronan Black just outside the 22 meter line. There was a lot to do but a crafty sidestep put Black into space and from there he scorched the defence to dive into the corner. Next up is the final league game of phase 1 where Athy travel to Portlaoise hoping to secure a place in the top tier of phase 2.