U14s first league game at home vs Kanturk

After a first round walkover, our u14s got their league campaign off to a start with a home game against Kanturk on Sunday 26/10/2014.

With an 11am kick-off, the game started with a strong wind blowing from the School side of the pitch. There were many highlights in the game, including some good play from our backs and forwards, which lead to our first try with only a few minutes of the game played. After some good rucking and ball retention from the forwards the ball was released to the backs where Padraig Quilligan made a good line break only to be tackled on the 22 where he off loaded the ball to Evan Villis who touched down in the corner. The difficult conversion from the touchline was unsuccessful through no fault of the kicker.

Our second try came from good play from the forwards and halfbacks with outhalf Padraig Quilligan making a good break through the Kanturk backline and scoring in the corner, again this try went unconverted. The third try of the first half was again scored by Padraig who showed good strength in fending off some tackles before crossing the line in the corner and touching down under the posts. This try was converted. The last action of the half saw Kanturk cross for a second try after keeping Youghal pinned in their 22 for a sustained period.  Halftime score 17-10 to Youghal.

The second half started as the first ended with Youghal under pressure in their22 until some good forward work saw Youghal reclaim the ball and carry it to the 22, where after a ruck the ball reached Oran Finn who made a great break to score in the corner. The final score of the game for Youghal came from some good play from Youghals forwards and backs who retained the ball through a number of phases, the ball then reached Padraig on the Kanturk 10 meter line, he then broke a number of tackles to score under the posts.

The game ended with Youghal once again under pressure in their own 22 with Kanturk trying their best to break through a good defence. Through some good work, Youghal managed to turn over the ball and with only seconds left in the game Kelvin Yellop took the initiative and kicked the ball to touch and end the game. The final score 29-20 to Youghal.

All players showed some good skills and hard work during the game, which bodes well for the remaining games in the league.

A thank you from the team also goes out to the great support from parents and others on the sidelines during this game.


Kelvin Yellop, Jordan Lupton, Michael Aherne, Ryan Hennessy, Tristan Hennessy, Zack Ansbro, Cian Walsh, Tomas Power, Olan Coleman, Padraig Quilligan (C), Evan Villis, A.J Brophy, Dean Colman, Oran Finn, Ben Ingamels, Daniel Cronin, Darragh Coleman, Josh Sheridan, Aron Gardiner.

Training for the Under 14s continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00pm until 7:15pm.

New players born in either 2001 or 2002 are always welcome contact Colin Hayes on (087) 6245530.

Youghal Minis Match Repots

Youghal R.F.C. Report
Youghal Minis section travelled to Douglas on Saturday morning the 11th of October last. It was a fantastic day weather wise and equally rugby wise and we would like to say a special thank you to the Douglas crew who looked after us very well on the day. We are back to training on Sunday mornings @ 11.15am for the next few weeks and new members are always welcome.

Youghal U7’s/U’8s
Youghal and Douglas did a bit of mixing and matching at this age grade just to make sure everyone got some game time and we split into 2 groups. In the first group the game got off to a hectic start with Evan McNamara going over for Youghal after some great support running from Jacob Dignam. After some super tackling from Darragh Ryan, the ball got turned over and some lovely passing from Rian Power saw Jacob score a beauty in the corner. Not to be outdone, Darragh Ryan saw himself at the end of a lovely move after a great pass from Evan put him over for a try. The move of the match however came after some superb support play from the entire team resulting in Rian going over the line for a very well taken score. Some fabulous rugby was played and the passing and support play was fantastic – well done to all involved.
In the second group, Douglas tipped off and some great defending by Nadia O’Shea and Conor Ward leads to Douglas losing the ball. Youghal tip off great play from Aaron Dignam and Eva leads to the games first try by Conor Ward. Next phase of play sees Douglas going forward but great defending by Cullen (Douglas player) leads to Eva Curran getting the ball and going over for Youghals second try. Douglas tip off, good passing and fast running leads to Douglas’s first try. Youghal soon get over the line again from fine running by Nadia Fitzgerald and Eva Curran with Aaron Dignam going over for Youghals third try. Half time 3-1. Youghal tip off but from strong pressure by Douglas they win the ball and go over for their second try. Youghal tip off and some fast thinking by Eva Curran gets the ball to Nadia Fitzgerald who gets the ball Conor Ward to score his second try. With Youghal playing well now they soon get the rewards with some neat play from Aaron, Conor and Eva leading to Nadia O’Shea getting another try. Douglas tip off and from good play score their third try. Next phase sees Youghal score another try following great team play. With the last phase of play saw Nadia racing up the wing scoring a great try to see out the game. A great game by all involved.

Team: Aaron Dignam, Jacob Dignam, Conor Ward, Nadia O’Shea, Eva Curran, Nadia Fitzgerald Rian Power, Daragh Ryan, Evan McNamara

Youghal U9’s
What a great day Saturday turned out to be, the sun was shining and lots of rugby to be played. The U9’s turned up with 5 players and after a brief talk they would take on the might of Douglas RFC with the fighting spirit that is youghal RFC. PJ Morgan, Jamie Lee, Ryan Hammill, Oisin Ryan and Lui phipps lined up with the memory of the defeat to Fermoy still in their gut and raring to go. Douglas graciously gave us 3 players but by the look of hunger on PJ’s face maybe we didn’t need them. Douglas got off to a great start and went on a quick surge looking for the opening score but superb tackling by Oisin meant the ball was quickly turned over and PJ was on hand to make a dash up the pitch followed by Jamie who got in for a great try. The tempo had been set and with Jamie calling the line, Youghal had structure in the ranks and this showed by two more tries in the first 10 when the ref called a halt to a great first period by Youghal.
The 2nd period saw Oisin and Lui continue with that Youghal spirit of never give up when Douglas scored two unanswered tries. As Douglas went on the attack again, up popped Oisin with a great tackle and the ball was stolen by Lui who ran up the blind side to squeeze in a try. Ryan then duly set up the ever present PJ who powered his way over to try no 4. Ryan threw all the line out balls with such perfection that Youghal got to score two tries from our own end line directly from Ryan’s accuracy. Youghal finished the game with true grit and kept Douglas from getting over the line even under huge pressure. So in all, Jamie led like a true captain, PJ was solid in attack as in defence, Oisin and Lui played like a superb 12 + 13 duo and Ryan unselfishly set up his team mates all match. Many thanks to Douglas for lending us players so a rugby game could be played in a fantastic spirit.

Youghal U10’s
Our U10’s travelled to Douglas last Saturday but due to various other sporting events taking place on the same day, the numbers were slightly down. We started the game with 5 players and 3 from Douglas to make the game 8 a side. The game was played over 4 quarters @ 10mins a side so the lads would definitely sleep soundly that night!
Kyle Fitzgerald got the opening try of the game and he also added 4 more over the course of the game. Daniel Murray almost made the line twice after 2 brilliant runs the full length of the pitch only to be brought to the ground just shy of the line but not before popping the ball up beautifully to Alex Kennedy and nothing was going to stop him that close to the try line. Luke O’Shea and Fionn Dalton were superb in defence all day long with each of them making superb try saving tackles as Douglas went in search of some scores. The Douglas lads on the Youghal team (Youglas!!) even scored a couple of tries against their team-mates but it didn’t matter as a great morning of rugby was enjoyed by all.

Youghal Team: Luke O’Shea, Kyle Fitzgerald, Fionn Dalton, Daniel Murray, Alex Kennedy

Youghal U11’s
Our 2nd away match in as many weeks saw a return to “form” and a much improved performance on the previous weeks match against Fermoy. From the start, our tackling stopped Douglas from making any serious threats to our line, but it was our competitiveness at the rucks and mauls that proved the decisive element to the match, not only did we secure our own ball but frequently managed to counter ruck and win Douglas ball. A regular supply of quality ball, some elusive and strong running saw Cathal Hunt, Conor O`Keeffe (twice) and Conor Roche all score tries from long distance. The score at the end of the 1st period was 0 – 4.
The second period was much more competitive, with a slight drop in concentration levels from the Youghal team and Douglas`s on loan Conor Roche making their attack much more potent. It was Conor who started Douglas`s comeback, having the nerve to score against us after an individual effort. Douglas quickly added 2 more tries to bring it back to 3-4 before Enda Cronin and Conor O`Keeffe got our attack working again and help settle the nerves. The 2nd period ended 3 – 6
The final period saw Conor`s loan period end and him restored to his rightful place and our dominance also restored. Enda scored 2 further tries before Conor O`Keeffe was on the end of the most pleasing score of the match, one that was a real team effort rather than an individual effort. Enda added his 3rd and final try of the match before the referee decided that time was up.
Youghal tries: Conor O`Keeffe (4), Enda Cronin (3), Cathal Hunt, and Conor Roche 1 ( + 1 own goal !)
Youghal team: Brian Coleman, Alex Geary O`Keeffe, Kyle Ansbro, Adam Ward, Sean Hehir, Eoin Ingamells, Brandon Gardiner, Cathal Hunt, Conor O`Keeffe, Enda Cronin, Conor Roche

U11′s play in Thomond Park


Youghal RFC U11’s play in Thomond Park
Friday 19th September 2014 will live long in the memory of a very lucky bunch of young boys and girls and their respective families as our U11’s played local Limerick side St. Marys at half time during the Pro 12 league match between Munster and Italian side Zebre. On a beautiful Autumn evening, 12 excited young rugby players, their 2 coaches and a bus full of supporters and family members struck off for Limerick by bus from the rugby club in plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and dream the dream.
On a very special evening the crowd were treated to some top class rugby with Simon Zebo running in a hat-trick of tries passing right in front of where the Youghal crowd were situated (mind you, if you blinked you would have missed him). As half time approached, excitement levels were reaching fever pitch in the Youghal section. The kids along with their coaches made their way down from the West stand and as they raced on to the pitch they were greeted by a tremendous roar from the very appreciative crowd. The game itself went by very quickly with St. Marys scoring the only try of the game but during that time all the children that graced the field (and no doubt their proud parents also) grew an extra 6 inches taller and stayed that way for a long time afterwards – some of the kids were still wearing their wrist bands into school on Monday morning!
It was a fantastic evening and it is not everybody who can say they graced the hallowed turf of Thomond Park – hopefully it won’t be the last time for some of the players either. A big thank you to the Munster branch who afforded us the opportunity and to all who made the effort to make the trip. Although it was midnight when the bus got home, the kids slept soundly that night and no doubt will have sweet dreams for many years to come about the night they played in Thomond Park.
Training is on Sunday mornings from 11.15am – 12.30pm and new members are always welcome. For more information check out our website on www.youghalrfc.com or our facebook page – Youghal RFC Minis.
The U11 panel that took part in the game were as follows: Jack Corcoran, Conaill Doyle, Alex Geary O’Keeffe, Brian Coleman, Alex Kennedy, Kyle Ansbro, Suzanne Dignam, Jake Mulcahy, Jack Nicholson, Charlie Flavin, Adam Ward, Euan McCaughey.

Youghal U11′s to play at half time in Munster Vs Zebre match!!

Some fantastic news for the lucky U11 squad in the Minis – a chance to play in Thomond Park during the half time break this coming Friday during the Munster V’s Zebre game!! Ohh to be 11 again……………….
Please see message from Munster branch below with regard to buying additional tickets for the game:

Dear all

Please note that the U11 teams playing at half time will be in stand seating for the Munster v Zebre game.

If parents wish the children to join them after the half time game, then we can organise for them to join parents in West Terrace.

Parents who wish to be in the terrace should be advised to buy West Terrace tickets.
Parents who wish to buy stand tickets will be able to buy seats close to where the reserved seating is for the teams – please find specific stand seats for each team below. Tickets can be purchased on www.ticketmaster.ie

• Mallow: West Stand, Section 213, Row DD, Seats 43-56
• St. Mary’s: West Stand, Section 213, Row CC, Seats 43-56
• Kenmare: West Stand, Section 213, Row BB, Seats 29-42
• Youghal: West Stand, Section 213, Row V, Seats 29-42

With Sympathy – Unexpected Passing of Declan O’Flaherty

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Declan O’Flaherty Treasurer and ex President of Youghal RFC.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his wife Mag, daughters Aoife, Ciara and Aisling and son Diarmuid.

Reposing at Egans funeral home Greencloyne Youghal from 5pm Wednesday 3rd September followed by Removal at 7pm to St Marys parish Church Youghal. Requiem mass on Thursday at 12 noon funeral afterwards to North Abbey cemetry Youghal.

May he rest in peace.