Relieved Sunday’s Well celebrate win over shattered Midleton

Midleton 8 Sunday’s Well 9

Fast forward to 2002. The players and supporters, Midleton people that is, at Towns Park were disgusted at their failure to press forward in search of division two honours.

The result was not what they expected and given the outpouring of delight on the Sunday’s Well side, not what they expected either.

Midleton player-coach Damon Urlich was at a loss to explain exactly why his side left the points behind them.

“We had plenty of possession but never seemed to get going at any stage of the game.

“Up to this we had been going quite well and felt that our loss to Barnhall last week was just a hiccup.

“Sunday’s Well managed to spoil us and slowed down our supply of ball from the rucks. We could blame the referee but we really have to blame ourselves for not taking more control of the situation.

“Basically we played poorly and didn’t deserve much more out of it. The only consolation is that we picked up a bonus point for our efforts although, in the circumstances, that’s not much consolation.”

The mood in the Sunday’s Well camp could hardly have been more different. After four successive defeats, they desperately needed something from this.

And there was even more delight for them as other results filtered through. Dublin University, Greystones and Portadown all lost and the Cork side therefore clawed their way up two places in the table.

The heat is off for the moment although coach Murray Kidd warned that a lot more work has to be done. Still, having dominated possession and territory in their previous loss to Dolphin, it made a welcome change to live on scraps and come out on top.

“It was a bit of a dogfight all the way. We didn’t get much ball but I was delighted with the way we took our chances. I reckon it all came down to a great desire to win at the end of the day.

“These guys have been through a lot and hopefully this will allow us turn the corner, although we have a huge task on our hands next week when we meet leaders Old Crescent. That’s going to be a really tough one and we can only hope to get something from it.”

Midleton, despite the setback, are still poised for a top four finish, just two points off the pace.

“It was a disappointing defeat but it’s still not the end of the road for us. We will just have to keep plugging away and I know we are good enough to win a good number of games from our remaining fixtures,” said Urlich.

“It really is a question of putting these last couple of weeks behind us and getting on with the rest of the

season.”

Scrum-half Eddie Hogan-O’Connell was the scoring hero for the ‘Well with three penalty goals.

That contribution was good enough to edge his side home even though Midleton scored the only try of the game from Brian O’Connell while Gavin Donald kicked a penalty.

Old Crescent surged to the top of the table after trouncing Portadown 44-12 at Rosbrien.

Crescent ran in a total of eight tries to stamp their class on the tie.

The shock defeat of Dolphin at Musgrave Park allowed the Limerick side take over the leadership.

Mick O’Halloran scored the only try of the game as Thomond took the spoils on a 14-12 scoreline.

Bective will kick themselves for dropping points at home to Malone. They could only manage a 9-9 draw when victory would have pushed them into joint first place.

Young Munster struggled to impose themselves on the youngsters of University College Cork but still

managed to grab the points when they won by 16 to 13 at Clifford Park.

Ballynahinch has a surprise in store for Old Belvedere when they snatched the points with a late penalty at Anglesea Road. The Ulster club won a dour struggle 6-3 and the win keeps them relatively in touch with the leaders.

With Sunday’s Well now in 13th place, Dublin University, Greystones and Portadown, in that order, prop up the bottom of the table.

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