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Cobh Pirates made the better start and they were presented with the game’s first scoring opportunity within two minutes of the Kick Off, when they were awarded a penalty outside the Mallow 22, Great ground was made by Zach Devlin who was tackled just short of the line and from the resulting ruck Brandon Tait scored in the corner. Captain Kevin Murphy was wide with the conversion.

Pirates continued to have the home side on the back foot and Kevin Murphy extended Pirates lead on two occasions, with excellently struck penalties, leaving the score line 11 point to nil with 5 minutes left in the half.

Mallow scored a try against the run of play, from a quickly taken penalty catching the Pirates off guard.

Mallow started the second half on the attack and scored following sustained pressure after ten minutes. The resultant conversion was eventually awarded following discussions between the referee and both touch judges.

With Mallow now leading 12 -11 Pirates raised their game for the remainder of the match and Kevin Murphy kicked his third penalty to restore his sides lead.

Aoran Whelan scored in the corner following a great break by Cian Lynch and Sam Baricaua.

A third try soon followed following some excellent work by the Pirates backline, with Cian Walker touching down.

Pirates introduced Anthony O Regan, Rhys Whyelm, Liam Devlin Buckley and Josh McKevitt, who continued to put Mallow under pressure until the final whistle.
Final Score Cobh Pirates 26 Mallow 12.

Next League Game Saturday 26 th of September In The Paddock against Fermoy Kick Off 12.15pm

Match Day Squad:

Jim Kevany, Jack O Sullivan, Stewart Lynch, Luke Kelly, Aoran Whelan, Conor Pasley, Sam Baricaua, Zach Devlin, Kevin Murphy, Cian Lynch Mark, Jones Olan, FarrellCian Walker, Brandon Tait, Adam Delaney, Cathal O’Dea, Liam Devlin, Buckley Anthony O’Regan, Rhys Whelym, Calum King, Kevin O Reilly, Aoran Woods, Sean Thomas, Jason Histon, Pablo Betancost, Josh Mckevitt, Evan Hamilton

A combined Cobh Pirates/Bandon ladies team had a win against Bantry on Sunday. Having played the previous Sunday in Cobh, the Pirates ladies travelled to a wet and windy Bandon to link up with the Bandon ladies to play for the first time as a combined side against the ladies from Bantry Bay. This was the last challenge match prior to the league campaign starting next week, with Bandon / Cobh Pirates running in four trys and three conversions in difficult conditions.
The Pirates ladies made a big impact on the match, with 2nd Row, Claire Keogh owning the line out, securing the majority of the home sides throws and stealing a couple of Bantry lineouts during the match. Speedy deliveries from scrum half Emir O’Brien ensure the backline could spring into action and ensuring winger Jill O’Mahony could unleash her blistering pace out wide. A great workrate from prop Susan Dominey saw some big carries and drives throughout the match, while Eilish Walsh playing at inside centre showed good hands and pace to launch a number of backline attacks as well as using her big boot to make good territory gains against the stiff breeze in the first half.

The home side exploited many attacking opportunities throughout, crossing the line in every quarter, and a solid defence kept Bantry at bay, severely limiting their attacking options and securing turnover ball on numerous occasions. Final Score Bandon/Cobh Pirates 26, Bantry Bay 0.

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