The Cork Admirals made the long journey to the North Kildare Rugby Club to take on the North Kildare Reapers last Sunday. The Admirals were fresh from a two week break and came into the game in good spirits following their comeback win over Trinity. The Reapers on the other hand were in the middle of a difficult season and were struggling for form after a decent start.
Short thundery bursts were intermingled with some nice patches of sunshine on the day. Conditions were greasy underfoot and it wasn’t going to be easy to put the ball in the air while a strong blustery breeze blew across the field.
The Admirals had travelled well and were looking to keep up their momentum gained from the previous outing. The Defence took the field first and earned a quick three and out to set the tone. The Admirals moved the ball well on the ground in the first drive with Vladamir La Greca prominent. Quarterback Dave Lomasney connected with tight end Paul O’Driscoll for the opening score. Kieran Murphy added the PAT and the scoreboard read 7-0.
The Reapers dug in after that though and had their best spell of the game. After driving the ball well and troubling the Cork defence they came up short on the ensuing field goal attempt. Again the Ads had joy with the ground game with running back Keith O’Callaghan finding room all over the field and eventually finishing off the drive getting the ball across the line. Murphy add the PAT for 14-0.
The remainder of the first half followed the same pattern. The Reapers showed flashes on offence but couldn’t put a long drive together while the offence mixed an expansive run game with some completions from Lomansey in the passing game. The Admirals offence was clicking well and before the half O’Callaghan had crossed the goal line again while Barry Rafferty collected a pass before sprinting clear of the cover to leave the score 28-0 at the half.
The third quarter started very well for the Admirals with Barry Rafferty returning the ball from deep in his own end zone all the way up the field to score. Key blocks on the play came from Cillian McGillycuddy to get him going and Sean Tynan to get him home. The Admirals recovered the following kickoff following a mistake from the Reapers and Lomasney immediately found Andrew Lyons who secured the ball in traffic before diving across the line. Nicolas Alzéari took over kicking duties in the second half and added both PATs to leave the score 42-0.
The Admirals emptied the benches now and before the close of business Bryan O’Brien had racked up some powerful carries capping off his day with a touchdown run of his own. Lomasney finished his day with a fourth touchdown throw this time to Cillian McGillycuddy with Alzéari finishing the scoring adding the last two PATs to round out the game at 56-0.
So the Admirals improve to 3-2-1 for the season and hold onto the third playoff spot in the SBC South. Next up is the visit of the South Dublin Panthers to CIT on July 2nd. The Panthers are still very much in the hunt for a playoff place of their own and will come to Cork; in what their final regular season game; desperately looking for a win to keep their season going.
The Admirals are hosting a big family fun day around this fixture similar to last year’s IAFL 1 Bowl Game. The event is called the Stagparty.ie Bowl and will feature a whole host of family entertainment on the day. Admission is €5 for adults with kids under 12 free. All attractions will be free once through the gate. Take a look at our Facebook page or look around here on our website for more info. Hopefully we will see you all in CIT on the 2nd for what should be a great day’s football and family fun.