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pirates4001121Under 16s:
Cobh Pirates entertained Sundays Well in their last game of Munster Clubs Under 16 Conference 4 in The Paddock on Saturday 21st of November. Pirates started the game the better side and were rewarded with two early tries scored by Marc Jones and Sam Baricaua. Pirates continued to hold the upper hand for the remainder of the game and further tries were scored by Kevin Murphy and Leo Daly.Final Score Cobh Pirates 20 Sundays Well 10.

Match Day Squad:
Jim Kevany, Jack O Sullivan, Stewart Lynch, Luke Kelly, Aoran Whelan, Sam Baricaua, Liam Devlin Buckley, Zach Devlin, Kevin Murphy, Cian Lynch, Mark Jones, Olan Farrell, Leo Daly, Cian Walker, Brandon Tait, Cathal O Dea, Anthony O Regan, Calum King, Kevin O Reilly, Sean Thomas, Pablo Betancost, Josh Mckevitt, Evan Hamilton, John Harrington, Conor Kelly, Eunan McKeown, Aoran Mehigan, Brandon Tait, Matthew Pender, Adam Delaney.

Under 13’s
Cobh Pirates 26 Midleton 15
Pirates took to the field for an early kick off on a cold morning in the paddocks against the local rivals Midleton. Coming off a set back 2 weeks earlier Pirates took to the field with a task in hand. From the kick off Pirates found themselves under pressure with a sustained defensive effort put in on our own line denying Midleton an early score with some huge hits going in all over over their park, one of these hits by team Captain Conor McNamara turned over the ball and through the quick hands of Saul Kahn and Killian McCoiter resulted in Bailey Jones Frahill tearing up the opposition and and excellent individual try showing some very strong running. Midleton came back from the kick off and eventually managed a way through the pirates sturdy defence to score without a conversion. Pirates responded straight away with some fantastic running from the the back line in particular Jake Kennedy and Ben Collins linking up with Conor McNamara to score under the posts. Sam Kennedy stepped up to the kicking duties and slotted the conversion over. Some ferocious tackling by Scotty Keating and a Man of the Match performance by Conor Kidney had Midleton on the back foot with again Conor Mac picking from the base of a scrum and putting the head down burst through the Midleton Defence to score his second, Sam Kennedy again cool as a cucumber slotting over the conversion. The second half saw another try by Midleton but again they failed to convert.

Pirates really stepped up to the mark in the second half and with the introduction of a few subs saw a new lease of life. Rory Pierse having his debut at 10 putting in some massive hits and excellent movement of the ball resulted in the Pirates dominating the second half. Conor Kidney and his partner in crime Conor McNamara putting in some massive tackles and with great hands through Sam Kennedy, Bailey Jones Frahill, Chris Ruxton and Dion Griffin again had Midleton under pressure. Outstanding rucking from Jack O Donnell, Cian Cotter, Liam O Connell, Max Kelly Walsh and Oisin O Donovan along with Conor Kidney tormenting the defence with hard running gave way to another pirates converted try from the captain. James Cahill and Jake Kennedy showed some fancy footwork in the latter part of the game to ensure Midleton remained on the back foot until the final whistle with the Pirates holding out for a hard fought 26-15 win.

Under 14s.
Pirates u14s continued their excellent league form on a sunny but cold Saturday morning on the Paddocks main pitch. The Pirates, led by the hard working skipper PJ Cronin, started very brightly, taking an early lead with a superbly taken try by Phillipe O Sullivan, which was well converted by Out Half Cian Aherne. Pres responded straight away, following some sloppy play by Pirates, with a try in corner. Pirates then took total control with excellent running rugby made possible by a dominant forward pack, with Jack Gilmartin, Darragh Mc Carthy, John Breen, Oisin O Doherty, Chris Mc Donnell, David Meade and the excellent Edwin Edogbo to the fore. Both Josh Banim and Kieran Devlin Buckley also provided great direction to the forward pack during this period while the ever reliable Luke O Callaghan provided assurance from the full back position. Pirates proceeded to add further tries to the score line before the half time whistle. Following the break Pirates were well served by the fresh additions of Callum Cullinane, Rob O Driscoll, Eoghan Kidney, Ceilim Cole and Tadgh O Connell. Pirates continued to dominate Pres and further scores by O Sullivan, Padraig Allen , Charlie Kelliher and Edogbo made the game safe for the Pirates.
Pirates have now won all 4 league games to date and go into next weeks showdown with local rivals Midleton in great confidence.

The game was played in great spirit, with both teams showing an ambition to play running rugby. This was made possible with the positive input of local ref Colm Morgan who encouraged both sets of players to play the game in the right manner.

Meanwhile the club hosted Highfield RFC in the minis section, where a great morning’s rugby was had by all. What can only be described as a phenomenal crowd was on hand to enjoy the spectacle. The juvenile section is going from strength to strength.
Cobh Pirates have close to 400 children across the ages from u6 to u18s, boys and girls.

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