00:00 Saturday 22 October 2011  Written by Neil Clarke

Bantry crush Kilrush

BANTRYBAY 58

KiLRUSH 0

Bantry Bay kicked off their J1 Division 3 game in style. The previous Sunday, Bantry played Charleville, a division two side last year, and came away with an 11-6 defeat gaining a bonus point in a very close tussle.

However, on Sunday it was all Bantry Bay with the four try bonus point secured before half-time. This was a day when everything clicked for Bantry Bay with the younger players a year older and some of the injury problems sorted for the older players.

JJ O'Sullivan was back to his best after a long lay off. Seamus Crowley, Kieran O'Sullivan, Jimmy Griffin, Pat McCarthy and Barry Russell all led by example.

Bantry's presentation of the ball at ruck and maul and their good line out and scrum meant a steady stream of good possession.

Brian Keohane distributed the ball well at outhalf and JJ O'Sullivan ran the back line very well. Winger Pat Daly took full advantage of the good mark by scoring three tries. Big strong and fast he is hard to catch at full belt. Sean O'Donoghue who has featured on Munster training squads and South Munster teams at underage gave a great display of Munster seven rugby scoring two tries.

Barry Russell showed great pace and had a good all round game capped with a try. Prionsais Cronin who made up a strong back row with the powerful Dane Keohane got in for another try. Cian Hurley tackled superbly and got in for a try.

Brian Keohane finished off the scoring with six converts and two penalties. So it was a memorable day for Bantry Bay. The important thing now is for the team to stick together and get strong panels to the away games. But on this showing Bantry Bay should enjoy a good season.

Bantry Bay 20, Bandon 16. Bandon raced to a nine point lead in this match. Bantry Bay brought it back to 9-8 at half-time.

In the second half Bantry Bay got to grips with the game. With good defence and everyone playing their part this was a very good away win. Bantry J3s played a lot of good rugby last year and many of those players are now part of the J1 squad. The O'Kane brother, John O'Sullivan, Lee Purvis, Pat O'Shea, Michael Young meant their was a good mix of youth and age in the team.

Always playing with great effort and enthusiasm, they are now getting results for the hard work.

Bantry U15s also got off to a good start. There is a big squad and defeating Dunmanway by a sizeable score will give them confidence for the games to come.

So three wins from three games was a great start for the club. Finally a sincere thanks to all who supported the 'Your Country, Your Club', IRFU draw. Particular thanks to the general public who strongly supported the cause.

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