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Co Cavan U14's play Donegal in Clones
12th November 2016
Cavan's u14 travelled in big numbers to play Donegal in Clones last Saturday. Cavan were given the three points due to Donegal unable to field 15 players, however Cavan in the first half gave them Niall Ward, Cian McGurran and Ben Spears who were very sporting giving 100% to Donegal, but the sheer power and experience of the Cavan pack showed very early in the game putting 10 tries on the board and converting 9 of them. The flood gates opened with John Conaty tucking the ball under his arm and running straight up the park and under the  sticks.Liam Galligan and Andrew Tilson also got in the score sheet running the full length of the pitch sidestepping the Donegal players and under the posts. Brady Maguire, Cian Fitzpatrick and Cian Daly put in a solid performance in the front row. Robert Naibulin ability to suck in players left large holes in the Donegal defence for Brandon Cooke,Avian Fitzpatrick and Jack English to run virtually untouched to score. Cian Berry, Marcus Tully and Eoin Gilsenan put in a big effort at the back of the scrum keeping it tight and steady. Calum Faughnan and James Moore formed the centre partnership with James Gannon playing fullback. The second half Paddy Mulligan, Robert Naibulin, Andrew Tilson and Liam Galligan put on the red and white and they also put in a good performance for their newly adopted club, this allowed Niall Ward, Cian McGurran and Ben Spears back playing for Cavan. Danny Fay and Alex McDonald got off the bench and were very impressive gaining ground when they got the ball. John Conaty, Jack English and Brandon Cooke put the game well out of the Donegal reach when they each scored tries. That is three wins from three in Clones for them now so we just need a few wins on the road under their belts.


Co Cavan U14's travel to Omagh 

15th October 2016


Cavan's U14's winning ways came to an abrupt end last Saturday morning against Omagh, with expectations high from both players and coaches. They were stung early in the game with a breakaway try from Omagh, but the Cavan pack rallied around and soon replied after John Conaty busted through the Omagh defence scoring their only try of the game.
Going into the break the Cavan squad were only two points behind and everything to play for.
The second half started much like the first half with Omagh getting on the score sheet first.The Cavan pack were unable to convert territory into points and the loss of the scrum half was a big blow, but there was alot of positives to take from the game and to work on in training,so it is onwards and upwards and they will come out stronger and better from it.


Cavan U14's go forward to quarter final stage.

Cavan 19

Instonians 19

02/04/2016


Cavan hosted Instonians in a thrilling first round of the Ulster Carpets Bowl Competition.

Throughout this exciting game there was brilliant running from Shane Halton, Joe Kiernan, Conor Gaughan and Mateo Puscasu who scored the first try. It came from a good lineout thrown from Hooker Eoin Gilsenan, supported by John Conaty, Cian McGurren, Callem Faughan and Jack Heaslip .

Instonians scored to level the match before a magnificent try, starting with a good platform from the Cavan Pack, good link up play by scrum half Jack English, with swift passing to Brandon Cooke, Niall Ward and James Gannon to be finished with an explosive run up his wing to touch down under the post by Liam Bannon. Both of Cavan's conversions were kicked by Shane Halton.

Unfortunately a lapse of discipline for Cavan led to an Instonians penalty from which they scored a converted try. But again Mateo Puscasu's powerful running resulted in a try to put Cavan 19-12 ahead but again Instonians scored another converted try to level the game.

Before half time James Gannon replaced Brandon Cooke and afterwards Cian Fitzgerald, Ben Reilly, Leon Mulcahy all came on to play their part in this strong panels performance.

Although Cavan conceded as many tries as they scored there was massive commitment as always from Ben Speares, Jack English, Liam Bannon, Joe Kiernan, Shane Halton, Niall Ward and James Gannon in tackling to keep it at only 3 tries from Instonians.

The Scoreboard was level when the full time whistle was blown. Because the opening try was scored by Cavan, it is they who qualify for the quarter finals which will take place this Saturday in Swellan Park. Kick off 11am.

If the Cavan team can raise their accuracy in passing and supporting their powerful runners and concede less tries they could go far in this already gripping competition. Well done to all the panel to produce this fabulous game.


Cavan U14's Team

J. Gannon, B. Spears, L. Bannon, N. Ward, S. Halton, J. Moore, B. Cooke, J. English, L. Mulcahy, J. Heaslip, J. Kiernan, C. Faughnan, C. Gaughan, J. Conaty, C. Fitzgerald, B. Reilly, C. McGurran, E. Gilsenan, M. Puscasu.

U14 team have an epic battle in Swellan Park
Co Cavan RFC U14's 25
Donegal RFC 32
12/03/2016


A score line of 25/32 tells its own story of how exciting a game this was between Cavan & Donegal at U14 level. Donegal started well and held the lead throughout the game. Three penalties and a try in the first half replied to with a try from Cavan's Patrick Breslin. Against a bigger team Cavan started to build momentum in the second half through penetrating runs from Joe Kiernan, Eoin Gilsenan, Cian McPhillips all of whom were in the front row. They were supported well by John Conaty and Leon Mulcahy.
Captain on the day Patrick Breslin lead terrifically bagging a hat trick of tries and with Chris Reilly, Joe Kiernan and Liam Bannon showing their commitment for a marvellous display.
Also on the scoreboard was Shane Halton who either ran past, around or over nearly every Donegal Player to score from the halfway line.
Linking the centres and the backs was Brandon Cooke and Jack English until he was replaced by Pete Hogan seamlessly to allow Ben Reilly, Cian Fitzgerald, James Moore and Ronan Kiernan to make some good runs.
A special note has to be given to the crunching text book tackle by Ben Spears on Donegal's most powerful player who showed his team what was lacking in the first half.
Unfortunately because of Cavan's poor start the game was out of Cavan's grasp. If the leadership and team spirit shown in the second half combined with more committed tackling this large group of talented players will not leave other results out of reach.

TEAM: J. Kiernan, C.McGurran, C. McPhillips, C. Reilly, J. Conaty, L. Mulcahy, P. Breslin(C), E. Gilsenan, B. Cooke, J. English, N. Ward, S. Halton, L. Bannon, B. Spears, J. Moore, P. Hogan, R. Kiernan, C. Fitzgerald, A. O'Connell . Coach: Dara King

Cavan U14s are making themselves known in the Ulster League.
9th January 2016

Cavan U14s travelled to play top of the league team Clogher Valley last Saturday. Both teams started well, testing each other's defence. Cavan's Stuart Elliott, Brandon Cooke and Jack Heaslip tackled superbly which was complimented by the attacking skills of Patrick Breslin, Mateo Pascasu, Shane Harton aided by the swift passing of No. 9 Jack English.

A try came in the second half after good phases of possession from Christopher Reilly, Joe Kiernan, Cian McPhillips which lead to Sam Malone playing wing forward, wrapping around for a try near the corner.
Cavan did not secure a victory with this score but it was a massive show of commitment, heart and skills to produce a hugely entertaining game. Man of the match Liam Bannon showed this through fearless, text book tackling and dynamic running with possession.
Cavan U14's Joe Kiernan, Cian McPhillips, Eoin Gilsenan, Mateo Pascasu, Ben Reilly, John Conaty, James Reilly, Sam Malone, Patrick Breslin, Jack Heaslip, Jack English, Brandon Cooke, Niall Ward,Shane Halton, Peter Hogan, Stuart Elliott, Liam Bannon, Ronan Kiernan, James Moore, Cian Fitzgerald.

Co Cavan RFC U14s Away winning form continued.
Donegal Town 19
Co Cavan RFC 22
7th November 2015

On Saturday when Cavan U14s travelled to meet Donegal Town for a league fixture Donegal got the first try with a breakaway run. Cavan replied well when Ben Spears text book chop tackle stopped the biggest Donegal player allowing Cavan to rob the ball which Sam Malone finished in the corner for Cavan's first try. Similarly to last week's game this ended up a score for score contest with Donegal Town scoring again from broken play to which Cavan replied when Sam Malone scored a try in almost the same position following a strong run by Conor Gaughan and Mateo Puscasu. The half time score seen Donegal led by 12 points to 10.
With a lot of changes the 2nd half started well for Cavan with Christoper Reilly catching a near impossible kick in the Donegal half of the field setting up the platform for Niall Ward and Liam Bannon to combine well with forwards Jack Heaslip, Caelum Faughnan and Captain Joe Kiernan. This allowed scrum half Jack English to score a try from the side of a ruck which Brandon Cooke converted. Yet again Donegal Responded by scoring a try. Craig Ebbit elusive running helped create phases to allow Sam Malone get over the line but was held up and a 5 meter scrum was given. Donegal lost possession and a penalty was also awarded which Sam Malone crashed over for his hat trick ending the scoring of the game at 19 – 22 in Cavan's favour.  Cavan travelled with 19 players all of whom switched seamlessly into the team which is a sign of the strength of this young squad creating hard decisions for management (Dara and Salesi) .
Congratulations to Cian McPhillips on a fine first game and to the winning team who celebrated with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean!
Joe Kiernan (C), Cian McPhilips, James Reilly, Mateo Pascasu, Conor Gaughan, Christopher Reilly, Jack Heislip, Daragh Tully, Cian McGurren, Caelum Faughnan, Evan Poyntz, Craig Ebbit, Jack English, Brandon Cooke, Ben Spears, Sam Malone, Niall Ward, Liam Bannon, James Gannon,

Co Cavan RFC U14's game against Monaghan
28th October 2015

Cavan U 14's travelled to Monaghan for a floodlit fixture last Wednesday night.
The Cavan team captained by James Gannon started well with a try from straight running Patrick Breslin which Brandon Cooke converted as he did all evening, maintaining a 100% kicking record. Monaghan scored next and began a score for score game until the final whistle. John Conaty, Joe Kiernan, Connor Gaughan made hard vital yards throughout the game which allowed Sam Malone bag a hat trick of tries. Jack Heaslip's excellent pick and go technique combined well with Ben Reilly on his first game at wing forward, allowing James Gannon, Brandon Cooke, James Moore and Dillon Pointz to have the time and space they needed to release Niall Ward and Liam Bannon to score two great tries which of course Monaghan replied using their full back, who was a superb attacking force.  Cavan's line defence and tackling must continue to keep improving as they won't always be able to outscore opposition teams.  Joe Kiernan, Eoin Gilsenan and Kian McGurren scrummaged well all evening and it was appropriate for Captain on the day James Gannon to kick the ball into touch from a strong scrum in injury time to earn Cavan a well-deserved two point win. A special thanks to a sporting Monaghan for their hospitality and a very close game showing youth rugby is thriving in our local clubs with only a kick separating two exciting and committed teams.
Joe Kiernan, Eoin Gilsenan, Kian McGurren, Connor Gaughan, Patrick Breslin, Jack Heaslip, John Conaty, James Gannon, Brandon Cooke, Sam Malone, Niall Ward, Liam Bannon, Dylan Poyntz, James Moore.
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