Fethard 3 – 49 Thurles
Thurles faced Fethard in the semi final of the Gleeson cup Sunday last. The home side Fethard opened the scoring with a well taken penalty after some early nerves from the Thurles pack conceded a penalty in front of the post. The Fethard outhalf struck it sweetly and they were off the mark.
Thurles responded tremendously with the pack carrying great ball, in particular Joey Kelly was motoring! His efforts were rewarded when he crashed over for Thurles first try of the game. For the remainder of the first half Thurles camped in the Fethard territory and were unlucky on a number of occasions not to touch down with the backs looking very dangerous when the ball was flashed wide.
Thurles kicked off for the second half with the same drive and determination as the first. Not to be undone by younger brother Joey, Phil Kelly showing a great turn of foot and strength to break in behind the Fethard defence which after a few more phases ended up with Deano Mccormack touching town in the corner.
Brandon Shanahan had to retire with a shoulder injury and veteran Ollie Geoghan stepped in at 10 to oversee proceedings. Their maybe snow on the roof but their is certainly lots of fire left in the belly as Geoghan showed his experience by chipping in behind the Fethard defensive line, gathered a favourable bounce and touched down under the post.
The game finished 49 – 3 in Thurles favour.
All Thurles players can be proud of their performances individually and as a team Try scorers for Thurles on the day were Joey Kelly, John Coman, Deano Mccormack,Tommy Conolly, Rory O Sullivan and Ollie Geoghan. Brandon Shanahan converted a try and a penalty with Tommy Conolly picking up the remaining points from the boot.
Thanks to all players who traveled, brilliant to have such depth in the squad.
Also to the team coaches for giving us their time so generously.
Roll on the Final which is fixed for this Sunday at Thurles Rugby Club. All support for the lads on the final day of the season would be greatly appreciated